Counseling for life transitions
Are you feeling stuck?
Are you struggling to get your footing back after some recent life changes? Are you feeling overwhelmed by trying to manage and navigate through the next steps you need to take? Does the stress from recent a transitionchange feel a bit overwhelming?
A move, a divorce, or starting a new job can all leave you wondering how you’ll manage and adapt to your new circumstances. Sometimes major transitions can cause a loss of self-confidence too, which may make you feel like you can’t trust your own judgment now like you have in the past.
Maybe you feel paralyzed by the pressure to make the “right” or “best” decision as you experience this transition. You might have started to live more in anxiety and fear, playing out “what-if” scenarios over and over in your mind. To those around you you appear distant and detached from the present moment.
Your recent life transition may also have caused some physical symptoms. You may be feeling oddly tired, or perhaps started to experience stomach issues or headaches.
Right now you are just frustrated that decision-making has become so difficult. And you wish that you could just stay present and stop worrying about the future so much.
While it may feel like a lot right now, we want you to know that living a life of certainty, contentment, and peace is well within your reach.
Change is Inevitable
Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly changing, shifting and adapting to life around us. Major and minor transitions occur throughout all stages of life, but sometimes certain transitions typically can bring about obstacles and challenges. The important thing to remember is that we all experience transition and we all navigate them in different ways.
Our culture tells us to be “successful”, “happy” and to “follow your dreams”. The challenge with this is that we all must first go through our individual processes of defining what these terms mean to us and how we achieve them through our own, values-based behaviors. If we have not gone through this process yet, these cultural standards for living can keep us feeling stuck in certain transitions due to feeling that they “should”, “need”, or “could” be experienced in specific ways.
We’re all unique. One person’s skills are not necessarily anothers. The expression of “moving on” or “keep going” during or after a life transition looks different to different people. And unfortunately, social media often portrays picture perfect transitions, which makes it easy to get stuck in comparison and feel like you are not measuring up.
The team at Be Your Best Self & Thrive Counseling honors your unique journey understands that sometimes life transitions are just hard. We’re here to better help you navigate through the life change(s) you may be experiencing in a way that makes sense for you and your personality, rather than tell you how you “should” be experiencing them.
Looking at Life Transitions from a Holistic Perspective Can Help You Navigate Them Peacefully
A holistic approach to life transitions counseling can allow for a broader look at what inherent strengths and resources you have to help you in moving through change. The stress of life changes you’ve experienced may be clouding your ability to see how resilient your mind, body and spirit really are. Using a strengths-based approach, a BYBS clinician can help you recognize and put to use the strengths and resources you have within you.
Additionally, we work to incorporate other modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to address physical, emotional, relational and mental effects of going through a life transition. These modalities will help you better manage the stress of change so that you can feel more in control of your emotions and have more clarity in your decision-making.
We may also utilize components of Attachment Theory throughout our work together. Looking at your patterns of attachment in relationships throughout your lifespan can provide us with insight into why you may use certain patterns of behavior to adjust to transitions such as death or loss.
Because we use a person-centered approach to therapy, we tailor treatment to each individual. While we will certainly help you find solutions to the presenting problem, we also believe in therapeutic collaboration and will therefore work with you as a team to help you identify thoughts and behaviors that you believe help or hinder you in your life.
Know that we’ll take plenty of time to get to know you and your personal situation so that we can develop a solid, supportive, and trusting relationship with one another. As a team, we’ll come up with a comprehensive plan of action to assist you in achieving mind-body-spirit wellness as we help you navigate the life transition(s) you’re experiencing. This plan will allow you to learn to better manage any uncertainties, fears, worries and discomforts about the unknowns often associated with change.
The challenges of life transitions often come with a rollercoaster of emotions. Sometimes those emotions take us on a wild ride of ups and downs. We’ll help you learn how to live more intentionally as opposed to reactively while also finding ways to slow down and manage the emotions you may experience. Remember that we are all constantly navigating changes, some bigger than others and some more welcome than others. We can be intentional about confronting these changes from a growth mindset or we can stay stuck in patterns of fear that make the change harder to navigate.
Getting unstuck and living with intention is within your reach. The team at Be Your Best Self & Thrive Counseling is here to help you get there.
Perhaps you’ve thought about transition therapy, but you’re holding back…
I’m scared of being vulnerable with someone I don’t know!
Beginning therapy can be scary. It takes a lot of courage to sit in front of a stranger and allow yourself to be vulnerable with them. If you can do that, you’ve gotten over the biggest hurdle! We can learn how to jump the rest of the hurdles together. Accepting that we all need support on how to navigate change and transition allows us to find the right kinds of connection for growth.
I have no idea what to expect during life transitions counseling- the unknown is scary!
You already are navigating enough stress and uncertainty right now. We don’t want therapy to add to that pile of uncertainty, so we’ll guide you through every step of our journey together. The therapy process, while challenging at times, can be transparent and open. It’s a space for us to collaborate and learn how to live healthier lives based on our own inherent strengths.
A therapist doesn’t know what it’s like to be me. How can they help?
You know yourself better than anyone. You’ve walked in your shoes for many years and know exactly how to plant your feet. Our goal isn’t to come in, change your shoes and teach you how to walk differently, it’s to help you feel how your ways of walking are both helpful and unhelpful to you. We can take small steps together when navigating change.
Adapt to Life Transitions with Ease and Serenity
If life transitions have left you feeling lost, uncertain, or stuck, holistic treatment at Be Your Best Self & Thrive Counseling can help you get grounded and move with ease again. To find out more about how we can help, contact us to schedule your free, 15-minute consultation today!
**Please note that during COVID-19, we are offering both in-person and online therapy sessions.
How to get started
You’ll meet with one of our trained clinicians to discuss your needs, provide answers to any questions, and review our process and offerings.
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