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Reconnecting with FIGT, and Ourselves

  • 12 Jul 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (WEDT)
  • Online (via Zoom)

Hosted by FIGT Netherlands

Date: Monday, July 12, 2021

Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm CET

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Cost: FREE. Open to all. 


We've missed you. Please join us for an evening of reconnecting with one another - and ourselves - as Dr. Melissa Parks leads us in a practice of self-compassion (because who can't use some of that right now?!). As usual there will be networking and catching up on FIGT-updates as well, so please RSVP to confirm your attendance and receive the meeting-link.

After over a year of living through a global pandemic, we're finally inching our way towards getting back to something that resembles pre-pandemic life. Although there's plenty to be excited about as we can reconnect with friends, family, and hobbies, it's also completely normal for this transition to come with some fear, social anxiety, grief, or other painful feelings. In order to successfully navigate this transition it's important to treat ourselves with the same patience, kindness, and encouragement we show to our friends and family. In other words, it's important to show ourselves self-compassion. In this presentation, Melissa will introduce us to some exercises that we can use to practice self-compassion in our day-to-day lives and navigate this transition with greater ease. 

About our speaker:

Melissa Parks has her PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology, and currently provides online coaching to expats and global nomads, with a particular focus of supporting clients as they embark on new chapters in their international lives. She's also the co-founder of the Location Independent Therapists Community.

During her 10 years living abroad she worked in a number of mental health settings in both Spain and the Netherlands. Working as a psychotherapist with clients from around the world introduced her to the power of self-compassion, and after seeing the success of these interventions with her clients (and in her own life) she decided to get trained to teach the evidence-based Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program.

In 2019 she repatriated back to her hometown of Seattle, Washington (USA). However, she still considers herself to be a "global nomad" because she interacts with clients, colleagues, family, and friends around the world on a daily basis. She's also in an intercultural and bilingual marriage (her husband is from Venezuela) and recently started the adventure of raising a bilingual, cross-cultural kid.  You can connect with her and learn more at her website www.melissaparks.com.

Get the Zoom link, register at: netherlands@figt.org

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