Article on EXPATICA website

Dr. Victor Kouratovsky, a certified clinical specialist, discusses his experience with diverse people from all over the world with varying backgrounds, upbringing, culture, and personal histories in different countries.

In my understanding of the importance of culture, cultural background, and the effects of a migration from a mental health perspective, I coined a way of thinking I have called ‘envelopment’. Envelopment provides a buffer and protection against stress by creating patterns and rituals, with proven effects on biological and (sub)conscious levels. When adequate, envelopment enables adjustment, health and growth through care of the family and of the self. A change of setting, however, stressful by itself, can leave one unprotected. I use swaddling, an millennia-old custom in all parts of the world, as a metaphor for envelopment.



expert and specialist advice and guidance for expats

Ministerie VWS

Qualified, by Dutch Law BIG, as (mental) health care specialist Klinisch psycholoog; BIG registration.


Qualified by the Dutch institute for psychologists NIP as Child and Adolescent Psychologist Specialist.


Member Dutch society for mental health psychologists NVGzP

DoctorateTilburg University Tilburg University


Dutch psychiatric society NVvP, Department for Transcultural psychiatry


Member Dutch Association for Infant Mental Health DAIMH

World Logo WPAPsychiatric Association


European Certificate in Psychology


The International Society for Psychological and Social approaches to psychosis