Karen Rigatti – Certified Counselor

June 27, 2022 |
Certified Counselor Milan

Expat Counselor in Milan

Karen Rigatti is a Certified Counselor based in Milan since 2008. She provides counselling in an outpatient setting, working primarily with ex-pats, helping them develop more effective communication and coping strategies, to better manage interpersonal challenges and embrace the changes in their lives. Karen counsels individuals, couples and young adults with an emphasis on cultural adjustment, couples counselling, intercultural relationship and family issues, anxiety, stress, and pregnancy and new parenthood. Karen is a member of AssoCounseling in Italy and the American Counseling Association.

With a B.A. in Psychology from the United States, more than 10 years in the corporate world of attorney recruiting, a Masters in Counseling in Milan and, most importantly, countless hard-earned lessons from years of inter-cultural life abroad, Karen has developed a deep understanding of life as an expat. She knows the trials – and joys – of living in a foreign country and she enjoys working with clients from all over the world to help them reach their personal objectives for improved emotional health.


From accomplishing daily tasks to understanding cultural cues, navigating your new life in Italy can take time, patience and effort. Kathy can help you develop new tools for coping if you feel overwhelmed.


Read Moving to Italy: The Ultimate Family Guide for useful information and helpful tips

What we like about them

  From years of inter-cultural life abroad, Karen understands expat life from first hand experience
  Can help with effective communication for intercultural couples
  Can help navigate the emotional and psychological shifts that accompany becoming a parent outside of your home country

In their own words

I understand that life as an expat can be challenging and that anxiety, self doubt and overwhelm can make you feel like you are struggling to get by. I’ve learned that facing new parenthood far from home requires education, perspective and support. I know that intercultural relationships have their own brand of hurdles and that parenthood for cross-cultural families can sometimes leave both parents feeling adrift.” Karen


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