Workshops & Events

From mental health for the globally mobile to online counselling and digital nomad life. Find out more about my workshops and talks.

Workshops & Talks

As much as I love my online counselling work, from time to time it’s great to put on some shoes, leave the house and work with a group of people IRL. I especially love talking about the benefits of online counselling and, more broadly, about mental health for expats, migrants and digital nomads. These are some of the workshops and talks I deliver.

Mental Health Toolbox for Internationals

Moving countries increases the risk of depression, anxiety and mental health issues. It is inherently stressful when all aspects of a person’s life are in a state of change. They face a unique set of challenges, and need specific solutions which often fall outside the experience and expertise of EAP service providers.

This workshop is for any organisation employing international talent or recent migrants. It gives an overview of mental health facts, the specific challenges the globally mobile face and introduces tools to manage their mental health, ranging from mindfulness to community to handling negative thoughts and feelings.

This workshop was first developed and presented in New Zealand in collaboration with Mobile Relocation Ltd.

Duration: 90-120 minutes.

Photo by Mantas Hesthaven on Unsplash

How employers can support migrant and expat wellbeing and mental health – and why they should!

Did you know that expats and migrants are at higher risk for mental health issues? No? Well, you aren’t the only one! In this talk for HR, managers and supervisors, we give an overview of mental health facts, the specific challenges the globally mobile face and introduce ways employers can (and should) help their internationals!

It’s imperative that employers have initiatives in place to support the specific mental health and wellbeing needs of internationals. The performance of expat talent depends on it.

This workshop was first presented in New Zealand in 2019 in collaboration with Mobile Relocation Ltd.

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Photo by Anna Sullivan on Unsplash

Creating Your Location Independent Mental Health Toolbox

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to care for your mental health wherever you go

Location independence comes with a number of mental health challenges.

This workshop covers some of the mental health factors and risks of a location independent life and introduces tools and techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy designed to prevent difficult thoughts and feelings from getting in the way of living a meaningful and fulfilling life while on the road.

This workshop was first presented at the 7in7 conference 2018 with Melissa Parks, PhD from Intentional Expat.

Duration: 90-120 minutes

Is online the future of counselling for the globally mobile?

An ever-increasing number of individuals in our world are living globally-mobile lifestyles and are in need of location independent services that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. In order to meet this need, many mental health professionals are harnessing the power of technology to take their own therapy and counselling services online. Online therapy may offer benefits for certain types of clients but is not necessarily for everyone. We will discuss the pros and cons as well as ethical and legal framework of working online with digital nomads, expats and other globally mobile clients. We will share our unique perspectives and experience of providing online counselling for the globally mobile.

This talk was first presented at the FIGT2019 conference with Vivian Chiona from Expatnest

Recent & Future Events

Find out more about recent and future events here. 

covid19 nz talks

Firestore | Google

Online | 2021

covid19 nz talks

NZ based businesses and their international employees

Online | 2020 & 2021

covid19 nz talks

FIGT conference

Online | 2021

7in7 conference

New Zealand | 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week

New Zealand | 2019

New Zealand International Talent Forum

New Zealand | 2019

FIGT2019 conference

Thailand | 2019

7in7 conference

Colombia | 2018

What others say about me

I recently engaged Dr Jaeger to present to a team of 80+ software engineers around coping and resilience during Covid one year on. Dr Jaeger's delivery was mesmerising, holding the attention of demanding audience, in a forum typically used for more technical topics. Her extensive experience as a remote worker, leading remote teams and working with remote clients, brought a much needed perspective. She was sensitive and authoritative, using an effective mix of statistics, facts, theory and practical tips to scaffold hard topics around mental health and motivation. Dr Jaeger was a pleasure to work with, asking pertinent questions to fully understand the brief. Her slides were professional and enhanced the material and a lasting resource in their own right. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Dr Jaeger again and recommend her wholeheartedly.

Richard Gould

Site Reliability Engineering Manager , Google

Dr. Sonia Jaeger successfully ran a mental health toolbox workshop for internationals at the Auckland Tonkin + Taylor office. Her expertise and own experiences added a lot of value to the presentation and helped starting a conversation across the business. She demonstrated her knowledge through showing us different tools, coping mechanisms and answered every question asked during an open Q & A session. She is wonderful to work with, responsive and knows her topic inside and out. I highly recommend working with her as she has a lot to offer. Keep up the good work!

Anni von Koelln

Content Advisor , Tonkin + Taylor

Dr Sonia came into Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Auckland NZ in September 2019. She was invited to speak to staff about the impact on mental health for internationals working for us & she shared her toolbox of ways to manage ourselves. This appealed to employees, managers and colleagues and deepened their understanding of the pressures of every day life away from your home country. We were over subscribed for the event with 250+ employees who came along. The feedback was very positive and all who attended enjoyed Dr Sonia's ability to connect and convey in a gentle yet meaningful way. I can highly recommend her as an expert on mobility and her skills as a speaker on mental health are outstanding.

Diana Bilbrough

Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding Manager at , Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Sonia gave a wonderful workshop at a conference I attended this year. Not only was she a delightful person, but she gave us incredible insights into how we can manage stress and anxiety as remote workers who travel a lot. I would highly recommend her if you're in need of guidance as an expat and/or remote worker. 

Hannah Dixon

Virtual Assistant Coach & Matchmaker, Speaker, Remote Work Leader, Digital Nomad

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