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

This as an umbrella heading for many situations. You could be graduating college, moving from one city to another, changing careers, or reevaluating your personal values. We are constantly growing and changing. That is the good news. Sometimes, however, change is thrust upon us through death, divorce, or some other type of loss. The ground may feel unsteady beneath your feet. You may feel broken open. My desire is to help you make sense of things and come out the other end a stronger person.

— Jennifer Knox, Associate 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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spring, TX

Life transitions happen to everyone. Major changes in career, relationships, living environments, and health conditions can be exciting or scary. It can bring a sense of loss. You have to let go of the familiar and face the unknown future. It is a vulnerable and stressful time. Yet, these transitions can be a time of renewal and introspection on life. Therapy can help you to navigate through intense emotions and assist you to adjust to the new stage.

— Kaori Oto, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

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

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

Maybe something unexpected recently happened in your life. Maybe it’s thrown you for a loop and you’re not quite sure how to navigate through. Transitions serve as an opportunity to explore wants and needs, enter a new stage and to take a step toward living a more fulfilling and authentic life. With the right help and support, and your willingness to self-explore, you can respond to change, experience profound growth, and create a better, richer, and more satisfying life.

— James Killian, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodbridge, CT

In regards to loss, grief, and new paths I specialize in treating the trauma that often stems from life transitions.

— Rachel Beal, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Whether it is the beginning or ending of a job, relationship, way of life, etc. - sometimes we can benefit from a little extra support to process through these major life changes. I can help provide the encouragement and guidance you might need in working through such changes.

— Jessica Savage, Licensed Professional Counselor

Change can be hard, especially in life changing proportions. My goal is to work with you holistically which means considering the big picture about where you are coming from and where you are going. I am skilled in helping individuals and families navigate the many aspects of life that affect transitions, including access to resources, support network involvement and defining what the change means to you personally so that you are empowered to take charge of the change.

— Kathryn Willis, Therapist in ,

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 already in the middle of a big transition or are thinking about a potential one, my clients find that having an objective sounding board is essential in moving through these types of situations.

— Erin Hendrickson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ballwin, MO

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

Every life transition provides an opportunity to learn more about ourselves, to make peace with the past, and to make choices that will lead us toward the life we most desire. Change is also challenging, and the feeling of something old and familiar falling away can be very disorienting. I specialize in helping people to traverse these difficult passages, which may involve deep explorations of identity, purpose, and values, the healing of old wounds, and the reorganization of everyday life.

— Lucius Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Life transitions are happening all the time, whether you're facing the death of a loved one, pregnancy/birth, getting married or ending a relationship, a major health crisis, hormonal shifts, career moves, or conflict in significant relationships. The common denominator is change. How do you face change with courage, clarity, and openness? Change uproots all kinds of patterns and often provides unique, though sometimes painful, opportunity for real growth.

— Julia Aziz, Hypnotherapist in Austin, 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

After the age of 65, we have many life events that we often feel unprepared for: retirement, illness, caregiving, death, divorce, and relationship loss. I aim to equip clients with the tools they need to feel at peace with life changes.

— Kim Wilson, Clinical Social Worker in Winston Salem, NC

Whether moving, changing careers, starting or ending a relationship, or having a baby, life transitions can be a stressful time. It can also be a time of exploration and self-discovery. We will work together to help you understand your values, identify your unique strengths, and realize your worth as an individual. This will serve as the foundation to help you unlock your potential.

— Kathryn Ziemer, Clinical Psychologist in Alexandria, VA

Life transitions are great times to reach out for support & a safe sounding board to figure out how to cope with things like grief, loss, meaning, and so on. I've had specialized training as a death & mourning doula and hospice volunteer.

— Jo Eckler, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX

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

I help individuals, families and couples navigate life transitions. Maybe you are contemplating a new career or in the midst of a "quarter life crisis". Maybe all of your relationships are falling apart and you don't understand why. You may be trying to move out of your family's home, but struggling with finances, roommates and jobs. I am here to support you through these transitions and help you navigate them in a way that honors your best self.

— Becky Stuempfig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

Life transitions are a natural but disorienting part of our development. Whether sudden or expected, they involve real losses. Depression, confusion, and anxiety are a reasonable result. Transitions also offer an opportunity to make conscious the values and assumptions we've been living by. I often help people dealing with major life changes. I offer guidance and support in both the necessary grieving and the discovery of new routes to meaning and purpose.

— Elaina Barulic, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

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

Therapeutic outcomes have demonstrated the many ways the therapeutic alliance and interventions assist in reducing stress, anxiety and depression. By way of a collaborative effort, the working relationship helps to develop and strengthen the client’s belief that change can happen and positive outcomes are the result.

— Robin Leichtman, Counselor in Lyndhurst, OH

Life can sometimes feel like a constant transition. Have you recently graduated, decided to change jobs or careers, decided to start a family, or cut ties with family? Have you recently come out, or want to come out? Have you lost an important relationship, pet, or loved one? Are you're beliefs shifting about the world, humanity, and your spirituality? These are only some of the many examples of life transitions I would love to support you in and through.

— Rebecca Summers, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX