life changes therapy

Life changes & transitions therapy

Is a huge change in your life making you feel lost and unsettled?

  • Does your future path seem unclear?
  • Has a recent change in your life or situation left you feeling unsteady and anxious?
  • Do you feel like you need a safe place to sort out how you are feeling and where you are going?

Big life changes- getting married, career changes, divorce, a break-up, moving to a new place, moving in with a new partner, managing an illness, loss of a loved one- can be the number one source of stress in a person’s life.

You may feel like the future you once imagined for yourself is no longer available to you, and you’re not sure how to move forward.

Even transitions that we seek out, like having a child, getting married, or getting a promotion, can leave us feeling different or unsettled in ways that can be hard to understand.

Big changes in life can bring our deep-seated fears up to the surface

When the system of your life shakes up, it can take you out of a pace of normalcy you were used to. This change can bring up bigger questions for the meaning of your own life that you had not been facing while you were in the rhythm of your routine. What is important to me? What do I value? What feels like the purpose of my life?

When things change, and we are faced with not only these questions, but the reality of having to readjust to a new life, you may feel worry, anxiety, sadness, and grief about the version of your life you have to leave behind. You may even experience physical manifestations of these emotions through stomach issues, high blood pressure, or other ways stress shows up in your own body.

You may even have experiences of feeling guilty for having certain emotions. You may thing that you are “supposed” to feel grateful for having certain changes in your life, or that other people have it much worse, leaving you in a shame spiral that keeps you stuck.

Difficulty managing life changes is normal

Naturally as humans, a sense of predictability and stability allows us to feel safe, so that’s what we unconsciously crave. When things change, it can leave us feeling unbalanced and out of whack, triggering our fears to come to the surface in an effort to retreat us back to safety. As a result, you may notice yourself questioning the decisions that lead you to this change point, or missing the way things were, causing even more stress.

Life changes therapy can help you manage the complexity

Life changes therapy can support you in feeling confident in your direction and decisions as you manage big transitions in your life. A therapist will also provide a supportive, nonjudgmental place for you to process and understand the emotions that come up as you take on big changes.

Whether the changes in your life are “positive” or “negative”, the emotional response you are having is worth exploring in therapy. A therapist will give you time and space to sort out mixed emotions so you can fully accept and embrace who you are and discern where you are going.

What to expect in life changes therapy

  • Identify achievable goals for treatment together with your therapist
  • Review your history in relationships and big life changes
  • Process the emotions you are feeling so you can gain more acceptance
  • Learn skills to break patterns of negative thoughts and to stay in the present moment
  • Develop clarity on the things that are most important to you (i.e..your values)

We are focused on providing life changes therapy that allows clients to understand themselves on a whole new level, which alone can reduce the pain of emotions that come up during transitions. Similarly, we are equally committed to guiding clients on implementing evidence-backed skills to manage changes as they continue to present themselves.

Our therapists work from a judgment free perspective. We know how hard managing big changes can be, and we are here to guide clients in learning and growth that they can take with them outside of the therapy room.

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More questions about life changes therapy?

Do I really need to go to therapy?

When we try to figure everything out on our own, we get stuck. A lot of us are quick to seek help in certain areas of our life, like our physical health, but remain stuck in other areas, like our mental health. You wouldn’t attempt to fix a dental problem on your own, and we also aren’t meant to be able to navigate the complexity of the human mind without the guidance of trusted mental health professionals.

When you are going through big changes that knock you off your feet or leave you feeling anxious, life changes therapy will not only teach you about how to heal and move forward, but how to implement the skills in your real life, and support you through setbacks you experience along the way, as you face inevitable changes down the road.

You may have experienced how when we don’t deal with our emotional response to change head-on, they manifest in other ways, often physically through illness, exhaustion, brain fog and more. Trying to manage it on your own can make it all that much heavier. We are here to support you.

Does online therapy for life transitions work?

Yes, it does. Empirical research shows that generally, clinical therapeutic techniques are as impactive when administered in a virtual format as when they occur in a face-to-face format. Many people find online therapy more helpful than in-person therapy. Some of the benefits to working online are:

  • More privacy
  • Convenience and lower time commitment (no commuting- clients can often block off an hour during their work day)
  • Communication patterns learned may translate more easily outside therapy

Is life changes therapy expensive?

Anyone who has gone through a big transition knows how it can impact your whole life- focusing at work, showing up in relationships, feeling good about yourself, staying healthy, and overall being satisfied with life. Working on yourself and your mental health is the most important investment you can make, and the cost of skipping out on treatment is typically much higher. Click here for details on our rates.

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I’m ready. What’s the next step?

We start with a free 15 minute intro call. We can answer further questions and make sure a we are a good fit for you.

You can book your free intro call here or you call our office directly at (813)-444-2930. You can also use the form below to send us a message.

You can expect to meet with your therapist on a weekly basis for the first several (usually 8-10) weeks of treatment as you build momentum. Consider some weekly time slots that would work well for you to meet for when you contact us.

We’re eager to support you on this journey!

Have more questions? Send us a message!