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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Clinical experience and training specializing in Young Adults aged 18-30. Extensive experience with bicultural, first and second generation backgrounds. Additional experience working with midlife concerns ages 35-60, using Evidence Based Practices and Depth work.

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

I specialize in working with Older teens and young adults. This age period is full of transitions, both typical and atypical including graduating school, getting a job, navigating relationships, dealing with shifting family dynamics etc.

— Tabitha Ford, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I specialize in working with individuals struggling to find a 'new normal' after a significant loss. This often includes 'ambiguous loss', which is loss experienced not by death, but by illness, divorce, disability, or other changes that dramatically change one's life.

— Chelsea Brett, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX

Has something impacted your life in a way that has you feeling out of control, maybe in a way you have not experienced before; a profound loss, a betrayal, the realization of a mental health or addiction issue, an identity crisis? When this happens life can feel tenuous and uncertain. We begin to question whether we have what it takes to get through. The self-doubt can take root and the inner critic can seem more powerful than ever. Recovery and healing are available through life transitions.

— Cherie Mills, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

All through our development we go through transitions. Some times, however, we forget that we actually have mastered managing and moving past transitions. We'll explore your natural strengthens and leverage them to design your life as you step into the next phase of your journey called life.

— Jag Soni, Clinical Psychologist in ,

Throughout our life we can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Adapting to this change can be hard, since even beneficial life transitions tend to cause some stress. Therapy can help you rediscover your inner strengths and use them to move forward, work through feelings of loss, and prepare for a new phase in your life, feel more calmness and confidence in the face of the unknown, and uncover your true passions to live a more meaningful and authentic life.

— Anny Papatheodorou, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA

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

A recent transition, relationship or career challenge may be making it clear that some things are not working for you right now.

— Nathan Michael, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Over the past two years, we've all had a crash course on how quickly life can change. There's a beautiful quote on this from Elizabeth Lesser: “How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”

— Joshua Boyce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

We have had the pleasure of working with clients as young as 6 years old into adulthood. Past clients have experienced various forms of trauma, including but not limited to, learning how to cope with loss, grief, abuse, and more. We guarantee that this holistic practice can assist you through your current transition so that you can come out on the other side as your best self.

— Tia Wheeler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NC

I am passionate about supporting older teens and adults through times of life transitions. These life phases can be full of both excitement and tremendous adjustment. I am experienced in assisting and advocating for people as they embrace their new identity and navigate challenges including depression or anxiety. At the heart of my practice is a deep commitment to helping clients feel more grounded in their own emotions.

— Shari Grande, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Clara, CA

Change is a normal part of life. Nevertheless, it can be stressful and difficult to manage. Whether it be a job change, the loss of a loved one, health concerns, birth, or moving to a new community, these changes can affect our emotional well-being. Many of us benefit from additional support to navigate these life transitions. I support by clients by helping them adjust to their new circumstances and develop additional coping strategies.

— Kristin Miyoko Papa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, CA

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

I have worked with clients primarily experiencing challenges with transitions from high school to college, especially during the pandemic. There have been so many important changes happening in life that sometimes it is helpful to have someone to process and problem-solve with - that's what I'm here to do!

— Amy Ruesche, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

I have worked with people going through many stages of life transitions. The focus areas that I work the most in is with college students transitioning to be more independent, the transition from emerging adulthood to full independence, and those that are transitioning through major changes in their life. Examples may include break ups, loss of friendship, or transitioning in boundaries in family unit. I also work with the LGBTQIA+ community to limit gatekeeping.

— Ashley Neuhauser, Counselor in Northport, AL

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 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

Managing a medical issue, recovering after divorce, reeling from the death of a loved one, or struggling after being laid off from work can be incredibly stressful. Furthermore, events do not have to be negative to be stressful. Welcoming changes such as a new career or relationship, marriage, moving, or having a child you planned on can create a mix of emotions. Do you need a letter of support for gender-affirming medical care? I can help!

— Serena Forward-Rodriguez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Everyone’s life contains multiple significant ‘upheavals and uncertainties,’ which should thus be accepted as normal, contrary to conventional wisdom.

— Ricardo Peña, Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Shifting uncertainty and stuck-ness; creating a vision of the future; clarity; new habits; and uplevel in career, relationships, and overall quality of life.

— Maia Kiley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Adulthood (or should I say, #Adulting) can be very challenging. Though it has many perks, it is not uncommon to feel like you've been caught in a rut. Those of Generation X and Millennial generation are currently living in young and middle adulthood. Life transitions occur often and may disrupt your sense of routine, calm, and balance. If you are finding yourself frustrated, anxious, depressed, or fearful due to a planned or unplanned life transition, let's work together to help you overcome it.

— Brenton Guice, Counselor in Kansas City, MO