Therapy with Displaced and Highly Mobile Individuals: A Guide for In-Person and Online Practitioners

Author(s) : Anastasia Piatakhina Giré

Therapy with Displaced and Highly Mobile Individuals: A Guide for In-Person and Online Practitioners

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 272
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97391
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367701017
  • ISBN 10 : 0367701014

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This book provides therapists with an understanding of displacement-related issues to help them better serve potential clients such as emigrants, expats, migrants, digital nomads – all those who have left their original home country behind and moved to a different culture and place.

With the spread of communication technologies, psychotherapists are expanding their practice to the online setting and into the unfamiliar waters of transcultural counselling with highly mobile and displaced individuals. Building on her research, the author brings up new concepts in therapy practice with emigrants, calling for a displacement-focused, transcultural approach for a modern psychotherapy practice, blended or online, in a world shaped by ubiquitous displacement. Giré’s own experience of relocations and multicultural families have helped her develop a personal approach to universal topics of the therapeutic endeavor, such as displacement, multilingualism, and shame.

Meeting displaced individuals’ mental health needs is a priority for the mental health community. Therapy with Displaced and Highly Mobile Individuals will be of interest to all therapists working online with this client group, and for all those interested in psychotherapy (therapists or not), who want to learn about the psychological issues created by displacement.

Reviews and Endorsements

A psychotherapist and expatriate herself, Piatakhina-Gire speaks from the heart and her extensive clinical experience to the powerful and vital role online therapy plays in the lives of today's displaced and highly mobile citizens of the world.
Lawrence Rubin, PhD, ABPP, psychotherapist, educator, author, and editor of

Online Therapy with Displaced and Highly Mobile Individuals is essential reading if you work therapeutically with displaced and highly mobile clients. It considers the essential, topical existential issue of displacement, at the personal, social and political levels. This book is packed full of ideas, connected to theoretical concepts which cross therapeutic modalities. It is meticulously researched and contains selected quotations from transcultural authors across disciplines. But at the heart of this book are the rich stories where the patients come to life, unlocked by Anastasia’s considerable therapeutic skills. The stories are beautifully told, often deeply moving and unfailingly authentic. To be bold, as a therapist, and to be authentic can be construed as an act of love. Anastasia chooses love in this impressive, beautifully written book.
Beverley Costa, DPsych, UKCP approved supervisor, MBACP, author of Other Tongues: Psychological Therapies in a Multilingual World

Table of Contents


1. Displacement
2. Online Therapy
3. Psychology of Displacement
4. Addressing Displacement
5. Importance of Working with Attachment
6. Language
7. Displacement and Shame
8. Distance Therapeutic Relationship
9. The Gift of Therapy in Displacement

About the Author(s)

Anastasia Piatakhina Giré is accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy and European Certificate of Psychotherapy. She has practised therapy for a decade, with clients online around the world and in four languages. She now lives and works in Paris, France and is finalizing her DPsych at Middlesex University in London. She is also a faculty member of the Online Therapy Institute, London.

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