Therapy for Life Transitions
Support to process change or loss & tools to move forward confidently
Going through a change or loss can bring up a lot of emotions
Your excitement and hope for something new may be conflicted by sadness, fear, vulnerability, and uncertainty about where you go from here. While some people might say, "change is good," it can also be scary - not knowing what's next and how to cope can trigger stress, worry, overwhelm, and stuckness. Feeling upset or uncomfortable is a part of the process and quite normal as you adjust to your new normal.
What is a Life Transition?
A life transition is a change in something familiar or the loss of something important. Life transitions can start with losses of a role, a person, a place, or your sense of how you fit in the world. Examples of a transitional change can include starting college or a new job, getting married, or moving away from home. A life transition can also be prompted by the loss of someone or something important such as a relationship, friendship, financial status, etc.
Life transitions can be positive or negative or planned or unexpected. Even when you're planning for something positive such as marriage, college, or a new job, it can still be scary. The same goes for unexpected transitions like illness, accidents, or divorce. The reality is, regardless of whether the transition is positive or negative, or expected or unexpected, transitions can be difficult because they disrupt what's familiar and force you to find new ways of coping and living.
Planning for the expected & Adapting to the unexpected
Your journey is just beginning.
Take it one moment at a time.
Why is the transition into adulthood hard?
Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood isn't just about reaching the legal adult age; being an 'adult' comes with so many new changes and responsibilities that we're not always prepared for. Being responsible for yourself could mean that you're tasked with doing things that your caretakers once did for you such as cooking, scheduling doctors' appointments, paying bills, managing your social life, keeping up with work and/or school responsibilities, making time for self-care - and the list goes on!
Overwhelmed with anxiety, stress & uncertainty
Naturally, you may have started feeling overwhelmed and are struggling to find balance. It feels like there's so much to do, and the uncertainty of it all is too much. The pressure to have everything figured out is real! You see everyone else looking like they have it all together, so it's easy to compare your journey to theirs. & While all of this is normal, it might be helpful to have additional support while you navigate this very transformative part of your life.
How I Can Support You:
In therapy for life transitions, you will have a safe space to process your thoughts and feelings about the loss or change, explore how you'd like to move forward, and develop coping skills to adapt and adjust one day at a time.
My specialty is in working with young adults navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood using a strength-based and person-centered approach. In our work together, we may focus on:
Finding clarity in your life direction
Establishing a safe, supportive space for reflection
Learning self-trust, self-compassion, and self-acceptance
Managing anxiety, stress, and self-doubt
Creating and maintaining work-life balance
Establishing healthy boundaries in your relationships
Overcoming procrastination and/or indecision