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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I would say that "life transitions" sums up a large majority of the work that I do and is one of the main issues that brings clients to my practice. Changes such as breakups, divorces, job changes, new relationships, retirements, or geographical moves often lead us to reassess where we are in life and what we want for the future. I have extensive experience in helping people navigate these changes and clarify for themselves what they want and need in the next chapter of their lives.

— Margaret (Maggie) Kirlin, Clinical Psychologist in Livingston, MT

I have worked with many families and individuals in life transitions from divorce to career changes to being an empty nester. I have experience as a home health social worker and have worked with many people who have experienced life changes due to a medical condition.

— Tara Tooley, Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS

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

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

I love working with teens and adults through life transitions. This could mean leaving a relationship a job, grief and loss issues, stage of life changes, or major life changes.

— Barbara Morett, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San diego, CA

In my experience working with young adults I have loved helping them sort through the big changes in their life. Choosing a career, finances, identity concerns and family pressures can be so much to process alone.

— Erica Schultz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI

Life transitions can bring up all of our past traumas and coping mechanisms! I work to support you in processing difficult emotions like sadness, depression, anxiety and overwhelm as you embark on successfully navigating a new chapter or deal with anticipatory loss.

— Mackenzie Studebaker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I know what it’s like for our lives to feel like they’ve lost a sense of direction in the midst of a transition. Transitions can destabilize our sense of security and life’s predictability. Therapy can help you regain a sense of consistency through a transition and often, help you come to see the transformation and growth that can come from change and transition. Reach out when you are ready to tackle the transition and growth from the experience. I’ll be here to help and walk with you.

— Amanda Mead, Psychologist

Life transitions are the most common reason people come to see me. It is totally natural to feel confusion, contradiction, and self-doubt during any kind of transition - including a positive one. I help my clients manage these challenges and find greater ease and clarity so they can navigate transitions in a grounded way.

— Devona Snook, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Life transitions constitute many of the issues brought into my office. I support clients who are working through difficult transitions in life, such as relationship instability, grief/loss, rebuilding sense of self-worth, gender exploration, suicidal thoughts, mental health concerns, and exploration of core values in life.

— Jessica Butler, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

Life is full of changes. No matter the size, it can be challenging to face these transitions. My background as a grief counselor helps me guide clients through the process of adjusting to changes and letting go when necessary. My background as a coach helps me guide clients through the decision-making process to get to the core root of the challenge during the transition. I'd like to help you work through whatever struggles you're facing related to a big life changes.

— Christine Tomasello, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Petaluma, CA

Adjusting to changes, even positive ones can trip us up emotionally. Moving, leaving the nest, recovering from an accident, getting married, starting a family, ending a relationship, experiencing a job change, loss and bereavement, starting a new school, realizing part of your identity, coping with an illness, being a caregiver, dating, graduating or setting different limits requires mindfulness, processing, rest and compassion. Change isn't so bad when you have the right support in place.

— Desiree W. B., Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Life transitions like changing jobs, moving to a new home, ending or beginning relationships, and aging can bring excitement, and they can also involve grief and loss. Our society can give short shrift to the emotional and cognitive changes that accompany a major life transition. I give my clients time and space to unpack how their life transitions affect them, to grieve the loss of relationships, security and identity, and to set a course for the future.

— Joan Schunck, Mental Health Counselor in Arvada, CO

It's common to experience heightened stress, anxiety, and mood problems after undergoing a significant life change. Moving, starting a job, graduating college, getting married, or having a child are all tremendously exciting and life altering events. Having a space to address this and build stress management strategies can help to ease the transition into a new chapter of your life.

— Ruth Viehoff, Psychologist in Indianapolis, IN

I specialize specifically with young adults/young professionals who are looking for some assistance in starting out their adult lives by strengthening their sense of self. Transitions are hard - whether that is starting a new job, new relationship, or learning to live more independently. My goal is to help you learn how to better trust and rely on yourself as you engage in these important life milestones.

— Randi Garfinkel, Clinical Social Worker in Passaic, 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

You get to define what is a transition, what is a big deal. This is your life! Some people may slide easily from one thing to the next. College to new job, a move out of state, birth of a baby, marriage. All "positive" experiences, but all come with big shifts in where or how you live your life, who you live with, how you see yourself, what is expected of you. Therapy can provide that extra support as you process and embrace these changes.

— Amy Ruth Crevola, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Corvallis, OR