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

Transitions are challenging. Big moves, career changes, unexpected break-ups, new children, and all kinds of other events can make big waves in a person's life. It can make you feel like you've lost your footing for a while. You deserve guidance. Whether you've had a big transition or are thinking about one, I imagine you could use some support at this time. Maybe you need grounding, mental clarity around a decision, or empowerment to stand up and ask for what you deserve.

— Natalie Moore, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Just when you thought you were settling into your new normal. Life changes. For many people, this can be a very stressful time. Coming to terms with the new way of life is important. It is then you can work on adjusting to this new reality.

— Genevieve Thomas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Memphis, TN

Late adolescence/early adulthood is a time of great transition, during which you may be making decisions that will affect your life going forward on a different level than you may be used to. This is an exciting time but can also be a bit unsettling so having support of a clinician/coach can be very helpful during this time.

— Shaina Boci, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Haven, CT

Life transitions are times of growth, happiness, expansion and joy and also of pain, grief, fear and anxiety. I have extensive experience working compassionately with all kinds of beginnings and endings, from births to deaths, marriages and divorces, new jobs and lost jobs, moving, having children or not (voluntarily or not) to name a few. These are fertile times for getting to know yourself better, for inhabiting your life and feelings fully, no matter what the circumstance.

— Peggy Handler, Therapist 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

I can help clients who are stuck or processing various life transitions including: becoming parents, marriage, moving in together, job loss or change, bereavement, empty nest syndrome, retirement or caregiver stress, etc.

— Melanie Gonzalez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

While we cannot always control what happens, we can begin to have more control over our reactions to what happens. I believe that an important part of moving through change is increasing your inner resiliency. When you are resilient, you are better able to cope with the stress and uncertainty that change often brings. You can better regulate your body’s responses to change and create a sense of balance and control. I provide practical tools that help in a safe and nurturing environment.

— Michal T. Margolese, Hypnotherapist in Beverly Hills, CA

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 Woodinville, WA

I work with adults of all ages and genders across the lifespan to learn your unique story as time and experience begins to transform your life using a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Therapy, to help you connect with your inner compass to forge your new path.

— Christa Sharma, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Walpole, MA

The only thing in life that is constant is change. Most people struggle with life transitions, such as moving, job change, becoming parents, coming out, or entering and exiting relationships. With each transition we go through there is both a struggle and an opportunity for growth. I work with clients who are undergoing many life transitions. Three types of transitions I specialize in are: parenting young children, coming out as LGBTQ+, and leaving college. For parents of young children, I provide a supportive environment where parents can develop their own ideas of how they want to balance parenting, home life, work, and self care. For individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, I provide a space for clients to explore their identity and learn to live in a world that is not always affirming. And finally, for recent college graduates I provide a space to help them identify their own values outside of a structured path and help identify what is most important to them.

— Allison Karthaus, Psychologist in Boston, MA

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

Life transitions are unavoidable and can cause major disruption and chaos in our lives. We all deal with them and we also sometimes find ourselves unable to manage transitions in our lives in addition to our daily roles and responsibilities. I specialize in helping you navigate the difficulties, understanding the barriers that prevent you from moving past them, and help to get you to a better way to cope and manage.

— Dominique Battle, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Winter Park, FL

Everyone experiences change... Unfortunately some of these changes we do not like or choose for ourselves. If you are finding yourself stuck not knowing how to move forward given the circumstances, there is hope. It is not in some silver bullet that will take you away to utopia, but in a shift of mentality, perspective and actions that get you through. Take that step to get the perspective you need to take action.

— Scott Waters, Counselor in Eugene, OR

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

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 ,

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

We are constantly in flux. And everything we do is either a minor or major transition. These transitions can be exhilarating and also terrifying. When we begin to approach even our daily progressions with awareness and flexibility, it slowly comes more into focus what our individual approach is and how it could be modified and shifted to smooth out the rough edges that make these changes harder to handle.

— Lara Falberg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Columbus, OH

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