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

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

Out of crisis comes opportunity: the loss of a job, the breakup in a romantic relationship, the recognition that the safety you've held onto has confined you. My work is to assist folks in navigating through what feels like the monkey wrench being thrown in your works. To rest in the moment, to become acquainted with you, your needs and desires and to honor yourself and your personal path.

— Benita Silver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Asheville, NC

A recent transition, relationship or career challenge may be making it clear that some things are not working for you right now.

— Nathan Michael, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I specialize in transitions of early-adulthood. Common transitions in this phase of life include college/graduate school, career exploration, and early family transitions (such as building significant relationships, engagement, marriage, family planning, and pregnancy). I enjoy working with people at this phase of life to explore their personal values and goals and find authentic and balanced ways to work towards those goals.

— Kayla Estenson Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagan, MN

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

I help my clients deal with the anxiety or depression that is associated with changes that occur in their life, relationships, parenting, and careers.

— Latisha Taylor Ellis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cumming, GA

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 Pasadena, 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

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 Sacramento, CA

I've gone through life transitions such as divorce, career change and love helping people get to a better and more sustainable place.

— Brad Nowlin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Worth, TX

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

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 Kansas City, MO

Transitions are like flowers blooming – emerging sometimes against odds, blossoming gradually through small and subtle changes, and beautiful at every stage of unfolding.

— Renee Randazzo, Counselor in Austin, TX

Are you experiencing AFGO (Another Freaking Growth Opportunity)? Do you wish your breakdown would turn into a breakthrough? Divorce, breakups, moving, job changes, emerging into young adulthood, aging, and other life transitions can bring out both the best and the worst in us. They can shatter the world as we think we know it, and challenge us to come up with new narratives about who we are and where we're going. If you're going through a major transition, I'm here to help.

— Stephanie Winn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Art therapists are trained to understand global characteristics (e.g. colors, textures, shapes) in artwork that can point towards specific themes. Your story is essential in understanding your artwork. An art therapist may share curiosities about artwork, feelings evoked from the imagery and symbolism that the imagery is reminiscent of. Art therapy sessions typically provide an opportunity to verbalize meaning in the artwork to connect verbal and nonverbal experiences in life.

— Amanda Shaw, Art Therapist in Tamarac, FL

Life transitions are about learning to acknowledge adversities that are outside of our control. When we cannot change our external circumstances, REBT helps us to change ourselves by adapting to our situation and therefore transforming our perspective. This may be challenging and frustrating at first, but once change is truly achieved, it can result in a deep and profound shift of our philosophical world view, leading to a much more rational, mindful, and psychologically enlightened life!

— Jaclyn Hall, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Tampa, FL

Life transitions can definitely throw anyone for a loop. Some of them can be wonderful, some can be painful, and some can just simply be confusing! Working together, we will navigate the transition and create space for you to explore how you want to exist in your new normal. You will gain concrete skills and abilities to set boundaries for yourself, learn true self-care, and work toward gaining peace in what the transition brings.

— Leah Abrusci, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Forest Hills, NY

In life all people deal with the transitions of life whether it is dealing with a move, a divorce, changing jobs, losing a loved one, or any situation where adjustment and change needs to take place. It can be difficult for everyone to deal with change and I like to provide skills to be able to help my clients adjust to change more effectively.

— Tristin Malone, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Laurel, MD

Life Transitions - No one talks like that at home! And yet we all experience them on a regular basis. New job, new relationship (romantic OR platonic), new baby, new move/new town... see how common "Life Transitions" are? Allow me to be the person you sort through your new reality with.

— Victoria Easa, Clinical Social Worker in Norwood, MA

I specialize in anxiety and depression for all ages. I also have experience working with individuals in life stage transitions, whether you are graduating, getting married, divorced, becoming parents, changing job or career, adjusting to a move, etc. These are big life changes and a good time to get some support. I do career coaching as well as stress management in the workforce.

— Melinda Johnson, Counselor in Issaquah, WA