As an International, I felt lost in a new culture, again and again, as one who doesn’t fit in, isolated from friends and loved ones back in my home country. I wanted to feel accepted and at home.
- I hid in a corner and waited for permission, for others to initiate, to invite me in.
- I busied myself doing other people’s bidding.
- I deferred to the needs and wants of others and pleased others at my own expense.
- I froze at the slightest whiff of conflict.
- I blanked out each time someone else chose to ‘define’ me.
- I was accused of not doing enough, not having a backbone of my own.
To shape the life I wished to live, I knew I had to do something. It took me years to crack out from beneath the frozenness I felt, and then to start identifying what was taking my power and draining my energy.
I was able to interrupt old patterns and change the dynamics of power that held me captive. And I started to gain my freedom and take charge of my own life.
I now work with a wide array of people and have experience as both a psychotherapist and Process oriented Psychotherapist and Expat Coach. Having grown up in the international community of Geneva, I love working with Internationals, Expats, and Global Nomads. I have a unique ability to bring our patterns into sharp focus by virtue of our being in and out of various cultures. I am passionate about uncovering these and witnessing the transformation that occurs.
Lea Misan is an accomplished consultant in systemic psychotherapy and process-oriented psychology who is passionate and dedicated to helping people involved in a conflict, abuse, trauma and leadership. She is also a Facilitator, Trainer, Coach, Founder, and Director of the mental health charity, Act for Change.
A firm believer in continuous learning and development, Lea holds an LLB in Law from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow in Holocaust Education with the Imperial War Museum and a Fellow with the School of Social Enterprise. Lea is the author of two books, ‘A Body’s Call to Presence’ and ‘Emerging Figures’ (publication due in early 2023).