You know how we all go through a lot of transitions in life? Everything from aging and job changes to graduation, divorce or kids moving, can be overwhelming. Well, I help people navigate those transitions and get to the other side so they can find joy, peace and meaning again. After all, we only get one life to live and I think we all deserve to live our very best lives.
Life is full of change. Some changes we desire and choose, others are unwanted, overwhelming or even devastating. Having a new baby, getting married or starting a new job are all major life changes that are usually seen as positive. The truth is that even happy and exciting changes in life can be overwhelming, can throw us off balance or result in questioning who we are.
Events like the death of a loved one, divorce or the end of a relationship , serious illness or the loss of a job are not changes that we hope for in life and can be extremely difficult to cope with.
The transition from one phase of life to the next can present challenges. For teenagers, there are so many changes happening all at once. Often they find themselves confused and frustrated. Their brains have not fully developed, yet they are physically becoming adults. The challenges of the teen years are social, emotional, physical and, for some, spiritual.
A common time of transition that can be unsettling for a lot of people is the transition to middle age. It isn't always the stereotypical image of a man in midlife crisis buying a sports car. It might be parents who are suddenly in the empty nest and questioning their relationship or a woman questioning the meaning of her life and feeling depressed.
Our responses to changes are as unique as we are and can depend on so many factors. Responses to life changes can be joy or relief or they can be depression, anxiety, confusion, anger, fear, feeling overwhelmed or the feeling of being in crisis. Even the natural process of aging can be difficult for some people to cope with.
Anytime you feel like your reaction to change is keeping you from enjoying or even living your life, it's time to get help somewhere. Therapy is one way in which you can get help to get back to feeling good and enjoying life.
More about how transitions can affect a person...
Transitions and changes happen in everyone's lives. Sometimes we can struggle with them and other times they seem natural and easy. There are lots of factors that influence how we deal with changes and transitions. I work with people to pinpoint those factors and work with them in order to move forward in life with confidence, peace and joy. Sometimes this requires dealing with past or current traumatic events. Other times this may mean reassessing priorities, values and passions. The only constant is that we are all unique and that means that treatment should be just as personal.
Worry or anxiety is often an important factor in this process. It can be a response to change or it can exist prior to that and be something that has affected someone for a long time. Another issue that often comes up is depression or symptoms of depression, such as sadness, overwhelm, trouble with sleep, lack of motivation or inability to make decisions. A third common focus of treatment is self esteem and self care. It is so often the case that we neglect ourselves and this will leave a person feeling drained and unsettled. Also in order to be there for the people around you, you must first care for yourself.
These are just a few themes that come up in the course of treatment, but there are many more as well.