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Counselor Helps Expats Adjust to Life in Houston

Counselor Helps Expats Adjust to Life in Houston

Dr. Eva Gortner

Dr. Eva Gortner is a psychologist who specializes in helping ex-pats.

If you’ve lived in Houston any length of time, chances are you’ve noticed the diversity of the city – and that a lot of people here were born in another country. This means plenty of Houstonians are adjusting – not just to living in a new city, but also to living in a completely different country and culture. Then there’s the many Houstonians who move abroad to work in industries like oil and gas, and those folks might experience re-entry shock when they return home.

Either way, adjusting – or readjusting – to life in Greater Houston can be challenging. To find out just how challenging it is, Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin spoke with Dr. Eva Gortner, a psychologist who specializes in helping expats.

Edel met Dr. Gortner at her office and started by asking about her experience in dealing with these two kinds of expats on a daily basis in Houston.

About the Author

Edel Howlin

Edel HowlinEdel is a producer on Houston Matters. She started as a reporter covering veterans' issues and the quirkier side of life in Houston. Before her time in public radio she worked for local commercial station Cox as an on-air personality, while volunteering at KPFT. In 2013, Edel received awards for her stories from the Houston Press Club, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Texas Veteran's Commission. Before radio, Edel earned a degree in statistics at University College Dublin, Ireland. Quickly realizing that statistics may not be the path for her, she switched gears and went back to study TV and broadcast journalism. Since 2005, she has worked for both local and national stations in Dublin, wearing many hats from news anchor to producer, and reporter. Edel was born and raised in Clane, Co. Kildare, Ireland. She’s lived in Houston since 2008 with her husband and daughter.View all posts by Edel Howlin →