Are you moving from one place to another?
- Have you recently changed jobs?
- Did you just get married?
- Are you planning to start a family?
- Have you become a grandparent or in-law?
- Has a loved one passed away?
- Do you feel like your home is an empty nest?
- Are you going through a divorce?
- Did you just begin a new relationship?
- Have you been involved in an accident?
- Are you leaving for college?
Because change can cause stress, it can have an effect on your daily life. When you face a major life change, you may experience depression, anxiety and/or fatigue. Physically, you may experience such symptoms as headaches, trouble sleeping, unhealthy eating habits or drug and alcohol abuse. However, your symptoms of stress can greatly improve through professional treatment.
If you find yourself struggling with life transitions, you may find it helpful to discuss your issues in a therapy session to help you adapt and adjust to change. When life changes prove difficult and lead to stress, anxiety or depression, therapy can be very beneficial in treating your emotional pain and helping you explore coping strategies. If you sense yourself struggling with transitions in your life, speaking with a therapist before any significant changes occur in your life may be your best option. This way, you can prepare for change and be more confident once you’ve developed more skills to cope with change and face them in the future.
Experiencing Both Positive And Negative Change Is Very Common
Adjusting to change can be difficult. Even positive life transitions can be stressful. Over the course of a lifetime, one can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes such as marriages, births and new jobs, are generally positive, although they can still create a fair amount of stress. Other major life transitions such as moving, retirement or entering the “empty nest” phase of life can cause a great deal of sadness and stress.
Certain changes, such as entering a new school, starting a new job or starting a family can often be exciting even when they cause some amount of stress because they are generally considered to be positive changes. Many people look forward to receiving a promotion at work, obtaining a degree, getting married or building a new home and family. However, when a person’s world changes, it is also common for him or her to feel vulnerable, sad or agitated.
Learn Strategies To Cope With Change Through Life Transition Counseling
Whatever life transitions you are experiencing, different approaches like traditional talk therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Attachment Therapy, EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy support the process of adapting and developing coping skills needed to work through life transitions in a meaningful and peaceful way.
Life transition counseling sessions can help you work through the process of recognizing your thoughts and emotions as well as developing the skills that can help you to regulate and cope with them. During our life transition therapy sessions, you and I can work together using different approaches either separately or in combination with one another. This way, you can feel more stable, and confident as you move through this important time of your life.
While family members may be able to help you adjust to change, the added support of life transition therapy can teach you proven ways to overcome the pain and stress that has resulted from your life transition.
Often, when you start to talk about what you are feeling, it helps you become aware of what you are going through as well as how it is affecting your thinking, your behavior and emotions. Through life transition counseling, you can feel relieved to share these feelings that may have been otherwise buried inside.
You may feel like you have lost stability or hope, but difficult transitions can be a catalyst for personal growth. Dealing with change effectively often leaves you feeling stronger and more confident. Changes that are neither expected nor wanted have the potential to produce some beneficial outcomes and help you develop more wisdom and compassion in your life.
You may be interested in life transition counseling, but still have some concerns…
What if talking about my life transition only makes me feel worse?
It’s normal to wonder if talking about your situation will make matters worse. However, more often than not, you will feel a great sense of relief when you work with life transitional counseling and by sharing what you are struggling with, it can feel like a burden being lifted off your shoulders. Healing comes from connection and, through communication, you can gain insight to view your current life situation in a different light.
Can life transition counseling help me overcome my fear of future uncertainty?
When you go through a major life transition, you may feel like you are literally closing one door of your life and opening a new one, putting you in a new place that is unfamiliar. This can be a very difficult adjustment as you may experience intense feelings of fear, doubt and uncertainty. No matter how your life is changing, life transition counseling can help you move forward with less pain, fear and resistance, providing you with new opportunities for growth and self-discovery.
Adapt To Change In A Positive And Meaningful Way
If you are ready to learn proven strategies to ease your body and mind through this transitional time, please call or email me with a time when you’re available to talk. I offer a free 15 to 20-minute consultation, during which we can talk about any questions and concerns you may have. I really look forward to speaking with you. Please click here to send an email or call me at 561-676-3393.
“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.”
— Bikram Choudhury
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