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

Many people find their grief and loss is related to other non death experiences, such as retirement, empty nest, moving, change of jobs, personal identity (sexuality, faith). I can help you explore current stressors and help make a plan for the future.

— Monica Cagayat, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Kirkland, WA

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

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,

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

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

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

The one constant in life is change. Wouldn't you like to know when some of them were coming, or at least be better prepared for them? Instead of feeling like a sitting duck, let's review some of the things that have happened in your life, looking for patterns. Then we can develop a plan to either head the next ones off at the pass or see how well they're serving you. If you don't like being a passenger in your life, let's figure out how to get you into the drivers seat.

— Myla Erwin, Pastoral Counselor in High Point, NC

From the time you publicize that you are pregnant or adopting, friends, family and even strangers feel free to offer advice. You may find some of this information appreciated, and some of it not. I want to help you find the singular voice that matters most – your own. Adjusting to the transition of parenthood is one of the biggest changes you will face in your lifetime. You don’t have to go through this alone, I am here to help you achieve emotional health and wellness on this journey.

— Amie Celender, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

Life can be tough. College, Dating, Marriage, Kids, Moving, Work, Death, Retirement. each of these are just some of the times in life when things can suddenly feel off balance and as if everything is spinning out of control. What used to work doesn't anymore. I've walked with many and helped calm the storm and establish and path forward that has led to peace. Often it's simply gaining a perspective that is difficult to see in the middle of the current chaos. I can help you piece together a way.

— Eric Henley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mesa, AZ

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

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

I provide an accepting ear to help you navigate life transitions, and ask intentional questions to help you align your life with your values and priorities as you move forward.

— Dr. April Watts, Counselor in Boise, ID

Being an adult is so much harder and more unpredictable than you anticipated. You're tired of looking around and feeling like everyone else knows what they're doing while you're drowning.

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

Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.

— Jen Peterson, Psychologist in ,

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 Boulder, CO

I offer Life Coaching services to support clients with living their best life through many of life’s transitions such as grief, career change, and relationship distress.

— Rita Thornton, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

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

As a specialist in vocational rehabilitation, my experience is in empowering my clients to reach their full potential in work and health and in their life path. My education in rehabilitation counseling supports my expertise in helping people overcome barriers created by disability, mental or physical. I have worked with many gender diverse individuals as they have re-imagined and re-created their lives and utilized my skills in counseling and guidance.

— MAGGIE METCALFE, Counselor in ,

We have extensive training in issues associated with life transitions including attending to the direct emotional responses (anxiety/depression) as well as factors that have or contributed to our current life transition (personality, family of origin, trauma).

— Ahwatukee Psychology, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ