Are you struggling to navigate a significant life transition, such as a divorce, separation, move, career change, new baby, retirement, loss of a loved one or recovery from addiction? Has this new change caused you to feel anxious, depressed, isolated or disconnected from the people you love? Perhaps the change was something that is generally thought of as positive, such as retirement, a new baby or a promotion, and you feel guilty, confused or ashamed by your resistance. Or maybe the change was something you didn’t want or ask for, causing you to feel blindsided, angry, ill prepared and even hopeless. Are you struggling with low confidence or to trust yourself and your decisions, wondering how you’ll make it through? Do you wish you could relax and trust in your ability to effectively handle the transition?
The time spent in the midst of change—whether it was something you wanted or not—can be a stressful, frustrating and sometimes even seemingly helpless experience. You may be struggling to make decisions, constantly second guessing yourself. Or, you might be questioning how you’ll get yourself and perhaps your family though a painful and possibly scary experience, such as a divorce, job loss or trauma. Although you may be trying to stay grounded and present, it may have become difficult to focus on tasks at hand or to be available to the people you love. Rather than gaining clarity and calmness with time, everyday may feel increasingly uncertain, unfamiliar and upsetting.
You Are Not Alone
If you’re struggling to accept and process a significant life transition, you are not alone. Almost everyone bumps up against at least one big change in life that causes feelings of uncertainty, anxiety and fear. Although change is inevitable and is the only thing that is a guarantee in life, humans are wired to be resistant to change. In fact, it is not treatment for mental health disorders, but, rather, the need for support and guidance during a challenging transition that brings countless people to therapy.
While changes occur in varying degrees to everyone everyday, there are some changes and transitions in which therapy can be especially helpful. If you’re feeling isolated and uncertain or experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, an experienced and compassionate therapist can help you effectively and thoughtfully navigate unknown territory.