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It would be no surprise to many that expat living in Hong Kong can put pressure on a relationship.

Couples living in Hong Kong, including those with young families, often come to me for counselling because they seem to have lost their connection with one other. What I tend to find is that these couples spend very little time together during the week. Not surprising, given the demands of high-pressured jobs combined with travel. What I also find in my own work research is that the working spouse becomes job-centred and the stay-at-home parent becomes child-centred. Their conversations, therefore revolve around administrative tasks and children. So, things like booking the next holiday or planning for the school term become a priority over the relationship itself. If this is left unaddressed, couples can drift apart and start to lead parallel lives. it is important therefore that couples turn towards one another and stay connected.

For tips on how to stay connected as a couple, you can read the full article in Expat Living Hong Kong here.



Dr. Quratulain Zaidi


Dr. Quratulain Zaidi (BSc. Hons, MSc, MSc, PhD) is a mother and a member of the British Psychological Society and British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy and abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychology. She has lived in Hong Kong and Singapore for 12 years. She specialises in assisting families with issues including parenting, teen issues, Cybersafety, marriage guidance, post natal depression, stress and anxiety disorders, depression, bullying, eating disorders, OCD and self-harm. She is an expert in educational assessments and learning challenges in children, for example ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia and ASD.

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