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 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

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 Lacey, WA

You might be feeling nervous, stressed or anxious about an upcoming change. Maybe you are excited and eager to see what the future holds, but have hesitations and fears. You could be currently in the process of a difficult time of your life and are needing support to get you through this phase. You feel scared, disconnected, and confused. Let’s find you the peace and comfort you deserve.

— Darcy Pare, Mental Health Counselor

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

Life is a series of transitions. We are always learning and failing is sometimes our best teacher. If we don't learn, we tend to repeat our same mistakes. Then we go either backwards or sideways. But if we pay close attention, we have the wonderful opportunity to actually ascend. That is why we are here, in this life. We can actually learn how to be a better person. Instead of living with a wounded closed heart, we can learn how to open our heart and be happy again. A therapist can be the key.

— Robert Teister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ballard, WA

I've worked extensively with people in developmental transitions, transitioning from crisis to stability, young adulthood to independence, career transitions, midlife or relationship transitions, complex situations of parallel or overlapping transitions, etc. Overwhelm and traumatic stress are common during times of transition, and my training especially supports my work with people who are overloaded because of any number or type of transition impacting their mental health.

— Amy Leary, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Life transitions are the most common times that people seek therapy. Whether moving toward engagement or marriage, leaving for college, having children, raising kids or moving toward retirement, individuals find themselves in new roles and facing new challenges. Samantha is well-versed in all of these life stages and can set specific goals based on clients’ internal resources and strengths.

— Samantha Lavy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Stamford, CT

As a specialist in vocational rehabilitation, my experience is in empowering my clients to reach their full potential in work and health and in their life path. My education in rehabilitation counseling supports my expertise in helping people overcome barriers created by disability, mental or physical. I have worked with many gender diverse individuals as they have re-imagined and re-created their lives and utilized my skills in counseling and guidance.


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

Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Other major life transitions, such as moving, retirement, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life may cause a significant amount of stress.

— Gina Zippo-Mazur, Licensed Professional Counselor in Jackson, NJ

From pandemics to new jobs. If you think about it, any life transition is a change from the "norm". Even positive changes can create feelings of being overwhelmed until a new routine is developed. Adaptation is key! How do we adapt to circumstances that are within our control and not within our control? The answer is perception. How we perceive circumstances directly determines the thoughts and actions we take which can be either negative or positive depending on our mindset.

— Heather Nemeth, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Western Springs, IL

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. I specialize in recovery and healing from life transitions.

— Cherie Mills, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

Having experience with individuals at many different stages of life, I enjoy working through the stress that can accompany major life changes.

— Madison Marcotte, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Life transitions, whether you happily sought them out or not, can require that we examine our different identities and the roles we play as we integrate the impact these changes have on our lives. Who are you after this change? In our work together you will tap into your needs and wants, emotions, somatic and spiritual experiences to help you move through these changes in a way that feels authentic.

— Jennie Beuhler, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mill Valley, CA

Life transitions can make you feel alone, but you're not. They are common, but that doesn't make them less painful when you are struggling with one. This is especially true if your transition is related to a loss in a relationship, job , housing or family member. You might not know what to do because there doesn't seem to be a solution on the horizon. In a moment or period of time when you feel uncomfortable, unsure, and unable to figure out what direction to go, it is natural to seek help.

— Daniel Pagano, PhD, Psychoanalyst in NY, NY

Navigating life transitions can be extremely tough. Whether you've just moved 3000 miles across the country, accepted a new job, left a long term relationship, experienced a significant lost, or life just isn't working how you planned? I am here to help you navigate change, adjust to change, and find a balance that works for you. Life transitions can be draining but I am here to make sure that yours don't drain you.

— Chyna Hill, Associate Clinical Social Worker

For 13 years, I worked as a Medical Social Worker. I assisted folx of all ages as they dealt with their own or a loved one’s issues, such as acute medical issues, chronic pain, advanced or terminal illness, grief/loss, caregiver stress/issues, or Alzheimer’s/dementia.

— Deb Horton, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Deerfield, NH