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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Life can throw a lot of curveballs, some we see coming, and others we may not. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the changes you are experiencing in your life, let me come alongside you to help you find the peace and clarity you need.

— Lorren Siu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

Whether it is the end of a relationship or the start of a new career, you may feel overwhelmed by uncertainty, stress, or a sense of fear, stopping you in your tracks. Being stuck can increase anxiety, sadness, anger, or irritability, impacting your ability to get through the day. Working together, we can build a better way through this transition by cultivating a new, meaningful understanding of what is unfolding. We will create new practices that meet the demands of the challenges ahead.

— Noha Khalifa, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

Life transitions can be big or small, sporadic or all at once. Having moved multiple times through the Air Force with her husband and two children, Amanda understands the complexities of navigating life changes and transitions.

— Amanda Blair, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Valdosta, GA

Life transitions is a has a very broad meaning; this can mean transistors such as identifying sexuality, gender identity, relationship preferences, relationship concerns, mental health symptoms, addiction, career changes, grief and loss, break ups, moving to a new location and many others. This may include short term or sometimes long term therapy. The most important part is to have someone to support you in a healing and non-judgment space.

— Adrienne Marcellus, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Working through life transitions can include anxiety, depression, grief, and a feeling of stagnation. Through therapeutic skills or life coaching, we can work through expected and unexpected transitions together.

— Nicole Depasquale, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Beachwood, NJ

Looking at college graduation and wondering what life will look like afterwards? Navigating the sneaking suspicion that a different career would be better? Recent breakup? Life transitions, whatever thy may be, can trigger big emotions and re-ignite old negative patterns and maladaptive coping mechanisms. Sometimes, you need some professional support to find your path. Let's do it.

— Katie PIel, Addictions Counselor

I work with clients to process life transitions including starting or ending college, a recent breakup or divorce, or a recent change in family dynamics (new baby, empty-nesting, family conflict).

— Kelly Blaylock, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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

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

I believe that although everyone experiences life transitions, some come with more stress than others. I want my clients to feel that their experiences and emotions are valid, no matter what they are currently going through. I am here to help my clients navigate through stressful and significant times their lives.

— Jacqueline Siempelkamp, Licensed Professional Counselor in Radnor, PA

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

Life can throw so many different transitions, both positive and negative, that create significant stress and helping individuals continue to stay connected to their authentic self can be an important part of the transition process.

— Laura Riss, Clinical Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

No matter the details of your life transition, the changes you are experiencing are making it hard to find your flow. Your life transition is challenging you with insecurity, however, there is also great opportunity for personal growth that accompanies the struggle. Through evidenced-based techniques for self-discovery I will help you dive into the deep end and come back up with a level of self-knowing that will help you step into a new season of life with clarity and confidence.

— Heidi Bailey, Clinical Social Worker in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

I know how easy it is to feel a little lost for answers, whether it's in your marriage, career, or after a significant life disruption. Life and relationships are complicated, and it's okay that you don't innately know how to solve the problems that come up.

— Whitney Russell, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in convenient and effective online therapy & career coaching in Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and everywhere across Texas, TX

Life transitions can be many things including death of a loved one, birth to a new baby, moving to a new town, starting or ending a job and even starting or ending a marriage. We all experience life transitions across our lifetime, however sometimes these transitions hit harder than we expected. Do you feel uncertain, confused or lost during this new chapter in your life? You don't have to go at it alone. Seek professional help to learn new ways to cope with this change.

— Amanda Shaw, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

Life is full of transitions and sometimes it's just plain hard. I’d like to help you navigate the complexities of change in life - changes like getting into or out of a relationship, moving to a new city, pursuing new interests or activities, graduating, becoming a parent, grieving a loss - or at work - a job search, a promotion, a job loss, career change, retirement. We’ll work together so you can make the most of what’s going right and cultivate new possibilities for your future.

— Mary Lynn Marinucci, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Life dishes out many changes for us (some we expect and plan for, some we never see coming), and it can be a struggle to adjust to the new normal. Some examples of life transitions include: moving away from home, job loss, marriage, questioning one's gender identity, serious illness, starting a new job, having a baby, etc. All of these events afford us the opportunity to reexamine our present way of being and to process with supportive, objective guidance can be so beneficial.

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

Adjusting to change can be hard. You may have mixed feelings about the transitions you are experiencing, whether you have recently graduated from school, started a new job, or moved to a new place. I provide a respectful space where you can explore all of your feelings and begin to make sense of what this change means to your life story.

— Camille Keith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hillsboro, OR