Life transitions are always stressful, but sometimes we can feel so overwhelmed by the changes ahead that we find it difficult to know what to do or where to turn.
Changes in our lives can reveal deep insecurities and unresolved issues that need to be addressed in order for us to thrive in all of the aspects of our lives.
When extreme changes take place throughout your lifetime, it can cause stress that affects your daily life.
If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or lost as you try to navigate these shifts in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
We are trained to help you uncover what is beneath the surface so that you can resolve the inner conflicts that are making these transitions more challenging than they need to be.
We will help you use the challenges in your life to heal and grow into the person you want to be.
We believe that in every challenge there is a lesson.
As we help guide you through these lessons, you will begin to develop resiliency, clarity, and inner strength.
TYPES OF LIFE TRANSITIONS
Life transitions can be expected and planned, or can happen out of the blue.
Planned or not, transitions in life can bring up lots of deep fears and inner conflicts.
Over the course of your life, there are many types of changes and life transition that can occur like:
- Having a new baby can be overwhelming yet exciting, especially if you are a first-time parent. Babies require a huge dedication of time and energy, and these demands might make it hard to adjust to the new lifestyle; you might become extremely sleep deprived or even experience postpartum depression.
- Visit our dedicated pages to learn more about Perinatal/Prenatal Therapy, Child Therapy, and Parenting Therapy.
- Losing a loved one, on the other hand, is never easy. This can bring up negative feelings or depression as you try to process your grief and new “normal.” Loss may bring up existential questions and fears about mortality.
- Visit our dedicated Grief, Loss, and Bereavement page to learn more.
- Career Transitions
- New Job: Starting a new job can be a huge transition, as you learn to adjust to working with a new boss and coworkers, and learning new tasks.
- Retirement: The transition to retirement is also a big shift. Once you leave your job, you suddenly have more free time to do essentially whatever you want, as long as you have the means for it. Now that you can focus all your time on enjoying life, it might be freeing, but you will be older, and you might have to deal with the physical restraints.
- New or chronic illnesses or disabilities
- Dealing with a chronic illness, disability, or a new diagnosis is never easy. You have to learn how to adjust your life to better suit your physical needs and create new coping skills to adapt your life. Your support system might change as you realize who is there for you and who isn’t.
- Visit our dedicated Invisible Illness and Chronic Pain page to learn more.
- Marriage or Divorce
- Having children, blended families, the “empty nest” phase are all major life transitions that can affect us deeply and may require support as we adapt.
- Moving or Immigrating
- Moving to a new place, whether it’s just a new home or an entirely new country, can bring about many challenges and stressors. From the stress of adjusting to a new place to the need to develop a new community and support system to adapting to new cultural expectations, often moving or immigrating can be a major adjustment that requires support.
MORE ABOUT LIFE TRANSITIONS
There are a couple of categories that life transitions can fit into: unanticipated life transitions, anticipated life transitions, nonevent transitions, and sleeper transitions.
Unanticipated life transitions are events that you do not expect.
This can include medical events, such as strokes or heart attacks, natural disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires, or tsunamis, or being deported from a country.
These types of events can cause major amounts of stress and anxiety, having to navigate a new way of life.
Anticipated life transitions are events that you might expect, such as entering college, getting a new job, graduating, or getting married.
A lot of preparation is usually put into these transitions, and support systems are generally much larger for these positive transitions.
Nonevent transitions are events that we thought would happen, but didn’t happen.
This can be anything that we were preparing for, but did not meet our expectations, such as opening an art studio only to realize that it was not as successful as you thought it would be.
Finally, sleeper transitions are gradual transitions that we might not even realize are happening.
This can include the gradual transition downhill as you start getting addicted to using substances, gradual weight gain, or a gradual decline in the quality of your relationship.
Because the event just gets worse little by little, you might not notice how bad it has become until you take a look at where you started.
OUR THERAPY METHODS FOR LIFE TRANSITIONS
Therapy can successfully improve your life by helping you minimize your anxiety, identifying and changing underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and providing you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.
To experience true and lasting joy in our life, we must face and conquer our pain and heal by confronting our fears.
See the About Therapy page for a deeper look into this process.
Our evidence-based, scientifically proven interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in addressing mental health issues surrounding life transitions, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse.
Learn more about our empirically based therapy modalities by visiting our Methods page.
WANT TO TALK? SPEAK WITH A LIFE TRANSITION EXPERT NOW
If you have any questions, contact one of our life transition specialists for a free consultation any time.