Life transitions

Change is hard, even in the best of circumstances and adjusting to major life transitions, even when they are positive, can be difficult. Whether you are getting married, moving, changing jobs, having a child – or any of the other many transitions we can expect as part of life – coping and navigating the stress of a major change can cause depression and anxiety, among other issues. If you are having trouble with accepting or adjusting to life transition, a qualified mental health professional can help you find healthy ways of coping. Rach out to one of TherapyDen’s life transition experts today. 

Meet the specialists

Life transitions include starting a new relationship, separating or divorcing, job changes, loss of a loved one, moves, changes in health, and much more. If you are looking for support while you contemplate or are in the midst of these changes, please reach out.

— Lauren Bloom, Social Worker in Berkeley, CA
 

I have worked with many clients experiencing life transitions, including marriage, divorce, becoming a parent, starting a new school/job, and losing a loved one, among others. I particularly enjoy being able to help my clients navigate all of the environmental and emotional changes that occur during these transitions in a healthy and successful manner.

— Karen Foreman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in AURORA, IL

Are you a college student struggling to manage expectations and responsibilities? Feeling depressed or anxious? Questioning your sexuality, gender, or life path? You may be on your own for the first time in your life, or feeling challenged by living with your parents. I can help you find your own sense of clarity and direction, in a nonjudgmental manner that honors your true self. We can improve your relationship and boundary setting skills, or explore patterns that may lead you to success.

— Sabrina Merz, Counselor in Nederland, CO
 

Changes in our life come in all types - some we choose, some we don't. Questioning who we are, having to re-prioritize our lives, and learning to move on are all aspects of change. I can help you to take a mindfulness approach to your life which lets you to look at the changes and your responses differently. You can learn to look at your thoughts and not let them determine your behavior.

— Melody Jones, Associate Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO

Working through struggles often is the pathway to a new and better you. Whatever you are going through, if you handle the situation properly you can use it as leverage to make your life better. I am here to help you see yourself, the role you are playing in your life and the one you could be. It's not a dress rehearsal. If you aren't getting the results you want you need to try a different approach.

— Tracy Braden, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

All humans have some difficulty coping with change. This can range from child/youth developmental issues to births, deaths, breakups, relationship stages and conflicts. It can also affect how well we adapt to different needs and circumstances. And obviously, if you’re in relationship with someone going through changes, you will need to change too. That’s why I love working with relationship issues, as well as parental coaching.

— Maria Orr, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corvallis, OR

Life is complicated. So is change. When there's significant changes occurring in your own life, it can get overwhelming at times. I understand what struggles changes in life can bring, and the need for outside perspective during these transitions. I have spent countless sessions helping people navigate and understand options, weigh decisions, and reach great outcomes. I believe I can do that for you.

— Robert Hinojosa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Little Rock, AR
 

Life changing events and transitions can cause so many different and uncomfortable emotions to come to the surface. Perhaps there are changes in your family, work, relationships, health or home life. Sometimes these are planned and sometimes they are unexpected but either way, they can bring uncertainty, concern and worry to your life. Learning how to adjust to new situations takes time, understanding, patience and support. I am that person to help you transition to this new part of your life.

— Jan Nelson, Social Worker in NEW YORK, NY

Divorce, retirement, death, new career, empty nest, even buying or selling a house are just a few examples of life’s transitions that can leave you feeling preoccupied, stressed, worried, exhausted or overwhelmed. Adjustments are a part of everyone’s life and some changes are easier than others to adapt to. Trying to be the perfect parent, spouse, adult child, co-worker, friend is leaving you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and you wonder why you are not living up to your own standards. You don’t have to blame yourself or wonder, “What is wrong with me?”. Stop beating yourself up. Let’s work together and to explore your feelings, receive support, discover your strengths and develop new strategies to help you understand, cope and accept the transitions of your authentic life with positivity. Stop feeling like an “Imposter” and start finding self-acceptance.

— Allison Glorioso, Mental Health Counselor in Fort Myers, FL
 

Life dishes out many changes for us (some we expect and plan for, some we never see coming), and it can be a struggle to adjust to the new normal. Some examples of life transitions include: moving away from home, job loss, marriage, questioning one's gender identity, serious illness, starting a new job, having a baby, etc. All of these events afford us the opportunity to reexamine our present way of being and to process with supportive, objective guidance can be so beneficial.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

The transition to adulthood can be especially difficult and challenging. The rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes often characterizing this period of your life may be overwhelming. I am here to help you work on understanding who you are becoming, determine your dreams and life goals, and discover how you can turn those goals into reality.

— Raeleen Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rochester Hills, MI
 

Our lives involve many transitions related to couple or marital relationships, family, parenting, education, work, jobs, careers, health, retirement, aging and death. Life transitions always involve grieving the loss of what was and the uncertainty of a new beginning. Throughout my life I have worked with clients in therapy and my consulting work that are navigating toward something new in their personal and work lives.

— M. Douglas Evans, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

Major life transitions don't have to begin and end with suffering. Transitions give you the opportunity to assess what is working and what is not working, to get in touch with who you are and who you want to be. To consciously decide what you would like your life to look like and design your future. There is much potential when a major transition shakes up your world, but it can be difficult to harness this power when you are in the midst of pain.

— Christina Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Lake Oswego, OR
 

As a school counselor working in high schools for the past 10+ years, I specialize in working with high school seniors and college freshmen who are having difficulties moving forward in their lives. As a society, we offer very little acknowledgment of this important stage in the lives of our young people. There is no ritual, other than the graduation ceremony, to mark the transition from one stage to another. It is vital for us to begin to hold space for our children, so they have a space to discuss their fears about moving on to college or into the unknown world of work. Many of them struggle with this and simply 'go through the motions' often ending up at colleges they are not a good match for, on a career path that does not suite their unique talents or are in a space where they have yet to develop those talents and feel guilty or left behind as a result.

— Tiffany Ashe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Durham, NC

I specialize in mid-life and teens, both times of questioning, growth, and self-awareness.I'm a mid-lifer and have experience with the challenges it entails. I have worked extensively with teens both individually and in school sittings and was once a teen myself!

— Nancy Chirinos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Many of us reach out when we feel the need for support, or help working through challenging times. Sometimes we face challenges we think are too difficult to manage alone. I believe in taking a strength-based, client-centered approach to psychotherapy, working with you to help you grow toward your best self. The familiar ways you have of dealing with life's complications may not be working; together we can work to identify new positive means of change.

— Barton Shulman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

Some transitions are easy for us to mark: a new relationship, job change, a big move, etc. However, we all experience "life cycle changes" that come with growing up and growing older. You might feel that you are changing but you can't determine "what changed." Whether you are experiencing obvious life transitions or the more vaguely define experience, we can work together to help you find your ground and direction.

— Stephanie Weeden, Marriage & Family Therapist in Golden, CO

Planned or unplanned life events, significant health challenges, loss of a relationship, career or retirement transitions

— Kelly Pemberton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA
 

I have years of experience working with individuals from all walks of life to address transitions- good and bad. From career changes, to family changes, to mental health recovery, and more. Together we will explore ways to develop coping strategies that are comfortable for you. If you've been feeling blocked by something, hang in there, we will work to find solutions. Sometimes we need permission to say, "I'm not doing well." I'm here to say- we can do this!

— Sheilagh McGreal, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester,

Divorce, breakups, career changes, grief, medical issues, sexual exploration, gender exploration and other things can shake us up. It’s difficult when life shifts and all of your best laid plans and beliefs about the future fall apart. The way you viewed yourself, others, and the world may be changing. The foundation you thought was there may be disappearing. While life transitions can be painful and challenging, they also come with new opportunities and possibilities.

— Christa Harrison, Therapist in Oklahoma City, OK
 

You’re seeking help because you’re smart, motivated, yet you feel insecure or ambivalent in your relationships. You feel guilty or ashamed, stuck in the same thought spiral day-in and day-out. There’s a little voice in your head that criticizes and questions every decision you make. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, but still feel like you fall short. You’re tired of feeling judged, most of all by yourself. I work with adults struggling with quarter-life crisis and navigating intimate relationships. I will help you find immediate relief from what feels overwhelming, while also exploring deeper concerns. We’ll work to discover answers and collaborate in a deep way to make sense of your experiences, create meaning, and grow.

— Ashleigh Edelstein, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

- Significant clinical experience working with young adults launching into adulthood including counseling to prepare for college, while in college, as careers are launched, relationships change and separation from family system occur.

— Rachelle Marshall, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange, CA

LIFE CHALLENGES (RELATIONSHIPS: couples, families or work, and TRANSITIONS: marriage/divorce, parenting, career, illness, mourning ...)

— Pascale Brady, Counselor in Gaithersburg, MD
 

Life transitions such as moving, changing jobs, or experiencing a significant loss can be difficult for anyone. With change, sometimes comes a fear of the unknown. I help clients develop a sense of being able to handle anything that may come their way, expected or unexpected.

— Matianna Baldassari, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

Life transitions, whether planned or forced, may trigger symptoms of emotional instability, anxiety, or depression. I validate the natural responses to change and help individuals work through the extended symptoms. Common examples of life transitions include: marriage, divorce, death, loss, career changes, coming out, new parenthood, illness, retirement, gender reassignment, adjusting to college life, empty nest syndrome, etc.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beverly Hills, CA
 

Change is scary. Staying in the familiar, if unfulfilling, can stunt our ability to experience happiness. It takes courage to reach beyond what may no longer be working and search for more. This could be related to many issues including leaving or entering a relationship, starting a new job, becoming a new parent, exploring sexual orientation and facing life after losing a partner. I can help you explore the fear of change as well as the anxiety about what may come next for you in your life.

— Joan Tibaldi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Augustine, FL

I enjoy helping people through all sorts of life transitions, and the stress that can come up around that.

— Risha Nathan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

Ahhh....Adulting. Are you struggling to figure out your direction as an adult after years of knowing exactly what you "should" be doing? The rules for Adulting seem to be hidden away somewhere that no one knows! You thought it would be exciting, and it can be, but you had no idea how lonely and confused you would feel. As crazy as it sounds, this can be a wonderful time to learn more about yourself– what makes you tick, what do you really want for your life, and where are you stuck? Life these days moves at the speed of light. Life transitions seem to come a lot more frequently than they used to, and they can hit us by surprise. We go through life transitions after getting into long-term committed relationships, after having kids, raising teenagers (don't get me started!), and again when the kids leave home (or mostly leave...). These are all terrific times for personal growth! We can sort through the crazy feelings ("I love it–I hate it!") and find a path to growth and joy.

— Amy McManus, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Major life transitions don't have to begin and end with suffering. Transitions give you the opportunity to assess what is working and what is not working, to get in touch with who you are and who you want to be. To consciously decide what you would like your life to look like and design your future. There is much potential when a major transition shakes up your world, but it can be difficult to harness this power when you are in the midst of pain.

— Christina Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Lake Oswego, OR
 

Life transitions…we all go through them (yay and sigh), and many of my clients report difficulty navigating the tangled web of mixed feelings. How is it that something so good can conjure up feelings of anxiety, frustration, overwhelm, or stress? And how is it that something so bad or icky can conjure feelings of relief? How do you tackle such a conundrum? Yep, I’ve been there too. Along the way I’ve found that the process of working through or into a life transition is different each one of my clients (and me too). The good news… there are manageable ways to navigate and make sense of your unique situation.

— Sheila Tucker, Counselor in Bluffton, SC
 

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell. I help you to identify what you had and that which you are letting go. I help you to celebrate what was, what you learned. Then we will work on decreasing the confusion of the unknown. This is often the most difficult and longest time. The more work you do in this area the closer to the new beginning you will get.

— Kathleen Nelson, Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI

We all can use support while having large changes in our lives and how to cope with upcoming changes. Reaching out for help during those times is an act of courage!

— Casey Cullen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX
 

I can support you in the process of your divorce, new parenting, loss of a partner, or a job, a community, empty nesting.

— Aude CASTAGNA, Counselor in Santa Cruz, CA

I provide my clients with hands-on practical tools to use during their life transitions, whether it be a divorce, major medical procedure, death of a loved one, breakup, career change, or other life change.

— Montrella Cowan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC
 

Young adult, flooded with overwhelming career and lifestyle options and obligations? New parent, with no time to support your own needs and desires? You've entered midlife, and you're not where you thought you'd be: Wrong career, partner? Kids? No kids? Older adult with unfulfilled life desires? It's time to build the authentic life you've always desired!

— Lisa SLOAN STROM, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Working with people going through life transitions is my clinical jam. I enjoy problem-solving and thinking outside of the box.

— Mindy Maxwell, Counselor in Burien, WA
 

The inevitable losses and regrets of midlife — the close of a career, the death of a parent, widowhood, divorce or the onset of chronic medical problems bring their own challenges in part because they trigger a lot of old stuff that might not have been dealt with. Midlife is all about managing change without letting it overwhelm you. Kids leave the nest, parents die, your own health declines or maybe you lose your job in a round of layoffs. It can all leave you feeling at sea. Even positive changes — retirement or the birth of a first grandchild, for example — can be stressful in ways you may not expect. Professional counseling could help you sort it all out, even if you’ve never considered it before. When life happens to people in their 50s and 60s, it just hits much harder. It really seems to activate a desire to get meaning out of that event.

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

As an individual, couple and family systems therapist I specialize in transitions across the life cycle. My NW DC based private practice offers counseling and support for: individual adults couples interfaith couples co-parents new parents families parents teens and young adults parents and families and their transgender/gender questioning children, teens and young adults counseling and coaching for psychotherapists

— Jennifer Kogan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC
 

Times have changed. There is no longer a prescribed life plan for you. It is now typical for individuals in their 20-30s to ask the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want my life to look like?” These shifts have reflected significant changes in how you might relate to the world around you and how others in society view you. With these shifts a certain amount of anxiety and grief is expected. However, when you feel overwhelmed or underprepared to face the stress of a transition, more serious symptoms of anxiety and depression may develop and affect mood, motivation, and decision-making skills. These types of issues can affect your social, emotional, and physical well-being and make it difficult for you to develop or sustain meaningful relationships and to work toward educational and occupational goals. I am trained to help you become more aware of your emotional responses to these challenges and help you recognize problematic relational patterns and new ways to cope.

— Shannon Gonter, Counselor in Louisville, KY

So much of our confidence and purpose comes from our identity- and if you're making a big shift, you can find that confidence dwindling. In therapy, we'll help you find your steadiness as you navigate this new chapter.

— Abigail Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I enjoy working with clients facing new challenges. Whether it be starting college, a new job, or becoming a parent. I hope to be a resource and a grounding force to help clients feel more secure and confident.

— Jocelyn Van Hee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sandy, OR

Times have changed. There is no longer a prescribed life plan for you. It is now typical for individuals in their 20-30s to ask the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want my life to look like?” These shifts have reflected significant changes in how you might relate to the world around you and how others in society view you. With these shifts a certain amount of anxiety and grief is expected. However, when you feel overwhelmed or underprepared to face the stress of a transition, more serious symptoms of anxiety and depression may develop and affect mood, motivation, and decision-making skills. These types of issues can affect your social, emotional, and physical well-being and make it difficult for you to develop or sustain meaningful relationships and to work toward educational and occupational goals. I am trained to help you become more aware of your emotional responses to these challenges and help you recognize problematic relational patterns and new ways to cope.

— Shannon Gonter, Counselor in Louisville, KY
 

Are in what I like to call a holding period. life is changing, faster than you can adapt? Just finished /started school or a new career? Kids left and the person that is left home with you no longer knows you? Are you on the cusp of a big change? Did you lose a loved one or relationship has changed from the way you once knew it? Does getting up in the morning sound and feel like a bad idea? Or _________ (insert yours here) is just too much to bear and you need help.

— Jessica Jefferson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Davie, FL

I am especially skilled at working with young women who are navigating the transitions that come with life as a young adult. Many of my clients are figuring out next steps in career, education, relationships and life in general.

— Rachel Ladov, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

I work with clients to assist in typical and atypical life stages and processes. Some need my teamwork in journeying with them as they explore their career identity and purpose, then adjust, modify and recreate it over time. Some want my help in the beginning or ending of a relationship, or assistance in helping relationships become more loving and stable. Some clients need help defining their personal identity and presenting that to the world with their clothing and home design choices.

— Laurie Cape, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bowling Green, KY

Life is full of transitions and we don't always see them as we are immersed within them. I see clients who are working through new life, death, marriages, divorces, empty nest syndrome, parenting issues, and any situation that challenges their peace of mind.

— Tracey R Cobb, Counselor in Marietta, GA
 

Life transitions are a normal part of life. I think that makes it especially difficult to seek help if we we are having difficulty in this area. We feel something is wrong with us if we’re feeling uneasy or struggling with a transition, such as getting married, moving , starting a new career , getting ready for our children to go to off college and many more. The truth is , most of us do struggle with these changes and transitions in our lives. Let’s talk it out 🙂

— Lisa Fulfor, Clinical Social Worker in Plano, TX

The inevitable losses and regrets of midlife — the close of a career, the death of a parent, widowhood, divorce or the onset of chronic medical problems bring their own challenges in part because they trigger a lot of old stuff that might not have been dealt with. Midlife is all about managing change without letting it overwhelm you. Kids leave the nest, parents die, your own health declines or maybe you lose your job in a round of layoffs. It can all leave you feeling at sea. Even positive changes — retirement or the birth of a first grandchild, for example — can be stressful in ways you may not expect. Professional counseling could help you sort it all out, even if you’ve never considered it before. When life happens to people in their 50s and 60s, it just hits much harder. It really seems to activate a desire to get meaning out of that event. Midlife “is like going through adolescence again, you’re trying to figure out who you are.”

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Perhaps you’re going through a transition of sorts, such as a change of relationship or a new season of life. These transitions can often cast a new light on how we see ourselves and our world, and shake up our routine. It is likely you may experience anxiety, frustration, sadness. Maybe you’ve noticed a change in your sleeping or eating, too. I would like to partner with you to navigate these changes, and come alongside as you solidify your identity, beliefs, and values. There may be a pattern of thinking or stress you’re caught in that is a barrier to you feeling your best or achieving what you hope to. Unhelpful thought patterns can also become a wedge in our relationships with loved ones or even in work places. An unhealthy habit or toxic thinking are like a weed in the mind, and together we will uproot it and replace it with health thoughts and behaviors.

— Katheryn de Arakal, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
 

Life transitions can include, but is not limited to: Career Changes Geographic Changes (expats) Deciding to stay or leave a relationship Role Change (new parent, single, retired) College transition Relationship changes Pet Loss/Grief Gender/sexual identity exploration

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY

Are you feeling frustrated, blocked, burned out, and desperately wanting to grow beyond to a bigger vision for yourself and your contribution to the world? Perhaps your calling is coming in the form of anxiety, pain/tension, panic, or depression in the present and you are seeking support finding what's next. Or perhaps you know where you're headed, and you don't want to repeat the past. Therapy is a place where you can learn to listen more deeply to and honor what can bring you joy and fulfillment. I work with you in mind and body to connect to what is true to you, relationally to support you finding new ways of bringing yourself to the world, and with attention to the what matters to you. Each stage of growth is an opportunity for healing.

— Eveline Wu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

Are you struggling with a major life transition? Relationship break-ups, the loss of a loved one or a job, moving to a new town, or being diagnosed with an illness are all changes that can affect us deeply. Often, skills we have developed to cope no longer work. By holding space if you need to grieve losses, support you to explore behavior patterns that may be in your way, or brainstorm solutions to problems, I can help you let go of what was lost, and develop new perspectives for your life.

— Claudia Hartke, Psychologist in Boulder, CO

Because of my time in Hospice as a spiritual care counselor, I have become quite knowledgeable around the different transitions in life. In many ways, each of these transitions can often be viewed as a death. Whether it be the loss of a job or a relationship or moving from one place to another. I have learned a variety of techniques to help people through these transitions.

— Todd Thillman, Counselor in Lafayette, CO
 

Changes in jobs, employment status, moving cities, entering or leaving a relationship. These are all common life transitions that can cause stress, anxiety and depression. I specialize in working with women who are experiencing high levels of stress and/or anxiety due to a recent life transition or traumatic event.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

As I studied Human Development many years ago, I remember being amazed at how it seemed the final frontier for humans has been understanding themselves. So many of our moments of emotional turmoil can stem from the transitions -- some predictable & others unexpected -- that are unavoidable in life. Incredibly, sometimes just having the space and time to "process" out loud, talk through our life's details, can bring healing resolution. Occasionally, we get stuck in a reactive pattern that creates even more challenges for us. Looking through different perspectives can help us find our way.

— Tracy Morris, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Spring, TX
 

I have worked with individuals facing a variety of major life transitions, including marriage, divorce, parenting, retirement, and end-of-life. I find that these turning points are times that bring strong emotions, deep fears, and threats to our identity and sense of self. Most often, these are new experiences which we don't have the experience of having survived before, and so we are confronted with our fears of the unknown and the need to find new ways of making meaning from our experiences. For many of us, we find that major life transitions make the coping skills we've developed and practiced thus far seem inadequate to these new challenges. Drawing from a strengths- and solution-based perspective, I work to help people in the midst of life transitions find a sense of stability in otherwise chaotic times and gain the confidence to move as gracefully as possible through them.

— Josh Rothenberg, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Life does not come with an owners manual so where do we turn for help when things come up we are not prepared for? I work with clients trying to sort out their feelings regarding life transitions. Whether the situation is unexpected (new medical diagnosis or divorce) or is expected (kids going off to college or retirement), I am here to help you understand your thoughts and feelings at your pace in an environment filled with respect. Reach out for a free consultation.

— Cheryl Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC
 

Helping people through life changes is one of my passions. People often come to me hurting and confused following a break-up or struggling with handling chronic pain or life changes. Even good change can be hard change, and I approach this work from a perspective of helping you find your values and your voice. I can help you can find hope and direction through the most difficult storms.

— Lisa Hedden, Counselor in Tucker, GA

When our lives change, whether it be a relationship, career, or any other part of life, our worlds can feel like they are turned upside down. I work with clients experiencing life transitions in the process of acceptance, reinvention, and ultimately strive to support you along your journey towards creating a life that is peaceful, fulfilling, and YOURS.

— Deborah Nichols, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

I work with adults, couples and young people undergoing life transitions where instability, overwhelm, fear and doubt are common. Together we support you to feel resilient and empowered in the in the presence of the "UNKNOWN", to grieve what you are letting go of and to welcome in what's coming next.

— Jacquelyn Richards, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

The inevitable losses and regrets of midlife — the close of a career, the death of a parent, widowhood, divorce or the onset of chronic medical problems bring their own challenges in part because they trigger a lot of old stuff that might not have been dealt with. Midlife is all about managing change without letting it overwhelm you. Kids leave the nest, parents die, your own health declines or maybe you lose your job in a round of layoffs. It can all leave you feeling at sea. Even positive changes — retirement or the birth of a first grandchild, for example — can be stressful in ways you may not expect. Professional counseling could help you sort it all out, even if you’ve never considered it before. When life happens to people in their 50s and 60s, it just hits much harder. It really seems to activate a desire to get meaning out of that event. Midlife “is like going through adolescence again, you’re trying to figure out who you are.”

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC
 

Through my internship in 2016 to the present I have been walking along side clients who are going through life transitions. Coming from a systems perspective allow us to process the emotions that are coming up when change occurs. Life transitions can be a broad category, and through building a relationship, the transition can be processed in an open way. I have had the honor of working with many clients, as well as taking many trainings on changes that occur with int he family.

— PeriAnne VanBelois, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI

Change through therapy should not only involve self-understanding and insight into the past, but should also focus on helping clients to learn skills for present-time challenges. My approach helps clients to develop specific tools and skills for thinking and acting in constructive, healthy ways.

— Kirsten Lesch, Counselor in Skaneateles, NY

Life transitions are a natural part of our everyday life. Some are a little more easily navigated, others can trigger unresolved trauma or bring up uncomfortable feelings. Whether you are starting a new relationship, transitioning to a new job, or in the process of a divorce, therapy can help you to process your feelings and gain skills to manage the stress and anxiety that come up as you make this big life transition.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in University City, MO

As someone who worked with high schoolers & college students for years before becoming a therapist, I understand the stress, anxiety, and complications that come with such big transitional periods of life.

— Robert Vore, Counselor in Smyrna, GA
 

At times, everyone needs help navigating through life’s passages. I believe we all have the capacity to find a deeper, more meaningful life at any age. I can work with you to help you regain your footing to continue your journey towards a stronger version than you were before. As Geriatric mental health specialist I offer counseling for older adults and persons affected by aging. Older adults and professional who are coping with life transitions, chronic illness, aging concerns, stress

— Jennifer Elve, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Big life transitions-- often exciting AND terrifying. I work with people to understand all the feelings that come up with big changes (new job, new baby, relationship change, recent move to NYC, etc). Through awareness and understanding of the feelings coming up, and taking an objective look at your own goals and vision for your life, we can work together to make these adjustments go more smoothly.

— Katie Peterson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY
 

Many of us reach out when we feel the need for support, or help working through challenging times. Sometimes we face challenges we think are too difficult to manage alone. I believe in taking a strength-based, client-centered integrative approach to psychotherapy, working with you to help you grow toward your best self. The familiar ways you have of dealing with life's complications may not be working; together we can work to identify new positive means of change.

— Barton Shulman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Times have changed. There is no longer a prescribed life plan for you. It is now typical for individuals in their 20-30s to ask the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want my life to look like?” These shifts have reflected significant changes in how you might relate to the world around you and how others in society view you. With these shifts a certain amount of anxiety and grief is expected. However, when you feel overwhelmed or underprepared to face the stress of a transition, more serious symptoms of anxiety and depression may develop and affect mood, motivation, and decision-making skills. These types of issues can affect your social, emotional, and physical well-being and make it difficult for you to develop or sustain meaningful relationships and to work toward educational and occupational goals. I am trained to help you become more aware of your emotional responses to these challenges and help you recognize problematic relational patterns and new ways to cope.

— Shannon Gonter, Counselor in Louisville, KY
 

Working through struggles often is the pathway to a new and better you. Whatever you are going through, if you handle the situation properly you can use it as leverage to make your life better. I am here to help you see yourself, the role you are playing in your life and the one you could be. It's not a dress rehearsal. If you aren't getting the results you want you need to try a different approach.

— Tracy Braden, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Times have changed. There is no longer a prescribed life plan for you. It is now typical for individuals in their 20-30s to ask the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want my life to look like?” These shifts have reflected significant changes in how you might relate to the world around you and how others in society view you. With these shifts a certain amount of anxiety and grief is expected. However, when you feel overwhelmed or underprepared to face the stress of a transition, more serious symptoms of anxiety and depression may develop and affect mood, motivation, and decision-making skills. These types of issues can affect your social, emotional, and physical well-being and make it difficult for you to develop or sustain meaningful relationships and to work toward educational and occupational goals. I am trained to help you become more aware of your emotional responses to these challenges and help you recognize problematic relational patterns and new ways to cope.

— Shannon Gonter, Counselor in Louisville, KY

Many individuals I have worked with are struggling through a life transition of some sort. I find that it is helpful to sit with others during tough times, rather than taking that burden on yourself. Many clients I see are going through transitions of aging, death, job relocation, relationship transitions and many others.

— Miranda Bayard-Clark, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR
 

It's not a question of if transitions will occur, they are a fact of everyone's life. What stands in the way of making the most of a transition that ultimately benefits us, is figuring out how to step out of our own way. In my work, I look at the thoughts that hold you back from stepping into opportunity. From making a choice that your inner wisdom is nudging you to step into, but your thoughts are getting in the way, holding you back.

— Joanne Royer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Acradia, CA

Sometimes we come to points in our lives where the stories we've been living about who we are and how our lives are supposed to unfold no longer fit. Sometimes this happens because of a loss or major life event. Sometimes it's just part of getting older. Sometimes what was working well for a long time suddenly no longer works, and we can't really pinpoint why. I collaborate with people in developing new frameworks that can support them as they figure out where to go next.

— Kathryn Stinson, Counselor in St. Louis, MO
 

Life changes can be difficult because they can challenge your self confidence and sense of identity. I have worked with many people through life transitions such as navigating college, finding work, changing careers, coping with unemployment, marriage, parenthood, retirement, caregiving, and serious health problems. I have also worked with many people who are healing from marginalization or mistreatment due to some aspect of their identity.

— Sarah Scheckter, Psychologist in Bryn Mawr, PA

Life transitions are something we all experience in life, whether it be a job transition, move, relationship change or other significant life event. Many of the clients I see are going through some form of transition in their lives and needing additional support and understanding around this. I help clients to explore their current needs and values to find grounding and greater trust in the self during a time of significant change.

— Megan Miller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , OR