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. 

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Some transitions in life are expected, such as graduating high school. While other transitions are sudden and can be jarring or even traumatic, such as a car accident or a diagnosis of a major illness. Therapy is often a good space to traverse these transitions.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

As we progress through life, our priorities and interests change, our goals and wishes take new shapes, and we move in and out of relationships and roles. It can be hard to make sense of the ongoing transitions, and sometimes you may feel stuck and overwhelmed when your inner needs begin to bump uncomfortably against your outer environment. In therapy together, I will support you in identifying what is most important to you, and help you take action toward cultivating the future you envision.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

Everyone has experienced many transitions during the course of their lives. I happened to experience several, very large ones in the course of just a few, short years, forcing me to surrender to the process. When I opened myself to this, I learned that struggle and suffering have a way of burning away the excess, stripping us down to what is most essential. Though the process can be painful, what’s often left behind is rich material for self discovery, the wisdom of experience.

— Adrianne Melton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC

Big changes in our lives stir up a lot of feelings, even ones that can surprise us. Without naming these events and emotions, we get overwhelmed or stuck. Therapy provides space to name these experiences so you can start moving forward. My role is to listen deeply to your story, help you be aware of the patterns and themes that show up, and support you in working towards your goals.

— Christina Hughes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

I have experience in counseling individuals and groups who have navigated life transitions.

— Elizabeth Latsos, Social Worker in New York, NY

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I received Systems Training which allows me to see how Life transitions can effect each member of a family and how to effectively treat each individual member and the family. Be it preparing for a new marriage or living as newly weds, bringing home a baby or and adopted child, seeing the child(ren) seek independence and not feeling as needed, graduations/leaving home, empty nesting, retiring, losing a member of the family through death, divorce

— Alicia Bradshaw, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chattanooga, TN

Life transitions can bring up all of our past traumas and coping mechanisms! I work to support you in processing difficult emotions like sadness, depression, anxiety and overwhelm as you embark on successfully navigating a new chapter or deal with anticipatory loss.

— Mackenzie Studebaker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Life transitions can present a two-fold challenge: grieving what was once true and concern about what is to come. I've worked with a number of clients who are experiencing a variety of life transitions, such as moves, separations, and grieving the loss of a loved one.

— Sarah Barnes, Counselor

Life transitions encompasses all the many faucets of life including parenthood, aging, relationships, moving, loss and all the ups and downs of life. Together we can explore what transitions you currently are facing and offer tools and insights to help along the way.

— Shohreh Schmuecker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

Life is full of transitions and I have supported clients in navigating transitions through different stages of life, former athlete transitions, break-ups, various types of grief, new beginnings and everything in between. While doing this work, I like to draw from the enneagram, attachment theories, understanding the ego, drawing from one's values, narrative therapy and person-centered therapy just to name a few. I also use Prepare and Enrich to support couples with premarital therapy.

— Ashley Gray, Social Worker in Arvada, CO

Life transitions of any kind are filled with uncertainty, and they often bring up past memories and experiences. So often we react to not only the present moment, but past experiences as well. All colored by our internal beliefs about ourselves and the world. Understanding and processing those beliefs and reactions helps to build self compassion and resilience for future life transitions.

— Lauren Viemann, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I enjoy working with clients going into, through, or out of life changes. Our resilience is needed most when our sense of stability is shaken. Our minds are the key to making sure our perspective is helpful and honest and not brutal or disillusioned.

— Tiffany Lindley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Life transitions are difficult, and often we need help moving through them. Whether this is coming out, changing relationships, losing a job, etc. I support my clients as we explore together what a life transition holds for them.

— Emily Chavez-Nguyen, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

Many people come to therapy at a time of transition, upheaval, and change in their lives. When feeling destabilized, it is wise to seek out support to process grief and fear that arise with loss and facing the unknown. It may be comforting to know that transitions are a normal part of life. That doesn't make them any less challenging, and you don't have to go through it alone. I can help you connect with yourself in order to find inner grounding amidst the ever flowing current of life.

— Eve Arbel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

Are you wondering how you got where you are? Are you confused about how to live in a strange world that wants you to behave like other people when you just want to be you? Did you finally realize that our culture lied to you when it said just be a good person and it'll all work out? There are countless transitions in life. Some of your own making and some that come with being alive. I can help you with any of them. Our culture doesn't teach us how to live. Therapy teaches that.

— Eddie Reece, Licensed Professional Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

I know what it’s like for our lives to feel like they’ve lost a sense of direction in the midst of a transition. Transitions can destabilize our sense of security and life’s predictability. Therapy can help you regain a sense of consistency through a transition and often, help you come to see the transformation and growth that can come from change and transition. Reach out when you are ready to tackle the transition and growth from the experience. I’ll be here to help and walk with you.

— Amanda Mead, Psychologist

I love working with individuals who are in the middle of things and deciding where they want to go in relationships, careers, and other major decisions. My goal is to be a sounding board, but also to reflect back your values so that you can guide yourself forward.

— Melody Mickens, Clinical Psychologist in Richmond, VA

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 Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC