Navigating Life Transitions

Do you feel lost, overwhelmed, stuck, or anxious as you face a period of transition? Has a life change – planned or completely unexpected – swept the rug out from under you, making you question your identity, values and purpose? Perhaps you are struggling to cope with the end of a relationship or the death of a loved one. Or, maybe your children have left home, and although they remain part of your life, you feel lonely and unsure of what to do with your time. If you or your partner are pregnant or have begun having children, you may feel torn between joy and terror, afraid that you will do something wrong or that you aren’t ready. You might be facing a career change – or retirement – and wondering how to balance a desire for fulfilling work, responsibilities at home, and internal anxieties about your capabilities and skills. Perhaps you’ve just earned your degree and feel completely stuck, paralyzed by all of the choices before you. Alternately, you might be struggling

with profound changes or discoveries about your body, such an illness or an injury that fill you with grief or a sense of loss. Do you feel unable to handle the challenges of this new life stage? Do you wish you could find the support and guidance you need to identify your values, live authentically and move forward with self-assurance and confidence?

Regardless of the life transition you are facing, significant changes in your career, relationship or health can feel frightening, complex or hopeless. As you weigh your options and consider what you are going to do next, you might keep running into a wave of fear – a fear of failure, rejection, discomfort or enormous challenges that you don’t feel ready to face. You may not even be sure of what you are afraid of, but feel on-edge, anxious and unable to identify what you really want. Perhaps part of you wants to stay right where you are, in a cocoon of familiarity, while another part of you feels smothered and craves a more fulfilling, satisfying life.

You Are Not Alone

The only constant in life is change. The external world is always changing around you, and internally, you are growing and evolving as well. However, just because change is inevitable, doesn’t mean it is easy. Every person is faced with challenging life transitions that push them to ask difficult questions about identity, values, hopes, fears, desires and needs. The process of self-exploration can be very uncomfortable, distressing and scary, and it’s common to feel a great deal of anxiety when facing change. Anxiety may be tempting you to stay put or wish that you could go back in time. But, if you are suffering or feeling hurt and lost, standing still can keep you stuck in thought and behavior patterns that are no longer helping you.

All of us have those inner voices that tell us we’re not strong enough, smart enough or good enough to overcome obstacles or create the lives we want. Even if you feel like you are suffocating under the weight of the choices before you, you are not broken or incapable. You are simply a human being.

The good news is that you can use this transition as an opportunity for growth. Life change counseling can help you learn to push through your fears and view change – even the most sudden, painful change – as an opportunity to get in touch with your true values. There is hope for a new, more fulfilling life and a better tomorrow.

Discover Your Internal Strength

If you feel stuck fearing the future or grieving the past, but feel eager to live in the present, I can help. It is possible to get in touch with your innate power, gain a new perspective on the difficulties in front of you and learn effective ways to manage the stress and anxiety that come with change. With support and guidance, you can better understand your locus of control and feel more empowered and equipped to live a life aligned with your deepest values.

Together, we will explore the fears that are keeping you stuck. You can speak openly and honestly, without any fear of judgment. Through a form of empowerment counseling, I can help you feel heard, understood and validated, as well as challenged to let go of fears or harmful self-talk that is not serving you. Many of the anxieties that come with life transitions stem from fear of the unknown, and no person can change the unknown. As your therapist, I will help you shift negative core beliefs and clarify what you have power to change and what you don’t. While the external world can sometimes be difficult to navigate, you always have control over how you perceive changes and challenges. I believe that you have the strength to reframe problems and shift your perception.

External forces do not have to shake your foundation or throw you into distress. You can handle whatever life throws your way.

During life change counseling, I will not tell you what to think or what to do. Instead, I will help you uncover your inner desires and gain clarity about what you want to cultivate in your life. As you align with your values, you can identify which thoughts or behaviors are in line with those values, and which are preventing you from living as your most complete, authentic self. You have the answers within you, and in sessions, I can help you clear away self-doubt so that you can trust those answers to guide you.

I know both personally and professionally how difficult and painful change can be. I’ve encountered changes that felt like the worst moments of my life, however, I also know that change can be a gift. Transitions serve as an opportunity to explore wants and needs, enter a new stage and to take a step toward living a more fulfilling and authentic life. With the right help and support, and your willingness to self-explore, you can respond to change, experience profound growth, and create a better, richer, and more satisfying life.

Create The Life You Want

We invite you to contact us for a free 20-minute consultation. We can discuss your specific needs, and answer questions you have about life transitions counseling and our practice. Click below to contact us or give us a call directly at (203) 405-8066.

 

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