Reflections on Personal Experiences of Migration During the Current Pandemic in the Context of Psychotherapeutic Communication

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Irina CHONGAROVA-ARON

Abstract

Migration, even when for good, involves processes of mourning and grief related to the experience of loss, insecurity and discontinuity of identity. In this paper, I bring some observations from my psychotherapeutic work with first generation migrants, young international professionals who live and work in London, to look at the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experience of being a migrant. I include a clinical case presentation to illustrate how the crisis affected different dimensions of the migrant’s psychic reality - intrapsychic, interpersonal and cultural. I also look at the dynamics of psychotherapeutic work in the context of the current pandemic as an experience of individual and collective grief.

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Part II