Transition is a natural part of life. Experiences like marriage, new baby, a new home, or job can be exciting. However, changes are not without their stressors. When you experience change you become vulnerable because the flow of life has changed. You might notice yourself feeling worried, stressed, tired/fatigued, or experiencing sleeping or eating problems. Perhaps you notice a shift in your mood or physical pains not explained by any medical explanation. Adjusting to change is challenging.
Changes such as having a new baby, moving, getting married, graduating college, or getting a new job are often thought of as exciting, joyful, and full of growth and potential for the person experiencing them. However, even with something that is joyful (something you have wanted for a very long time, even), it is natural to struggle with the transition. Transitions are a time in which you have to reevaluate your priorities, friendships, time management, family relationships, and more and that can be very very hard. And even the most joyful of transitions often come with a sense of some sort of loss. Sometimes a new baby will make you grieve the freedom and connection you had prior to being a parent. A new job might make you feel trapped in a career path. Graduating college might leave you feeling loss and confused about next steps or missing the built in social network that it provided.
There are also changes that you might be experiencing that are known to be sad. Divorce and break ups, moving out of necessity rather than choice, an unplanned pregnancy, a change in your physical abilities or health, and more. Within these changes there is the grief of something that you once had and that is no longer there. It might cause you to feel uncertain of what is next, confused, or less confident.
Regardless of the type of transition you are experiencing, therapy can help. Therapy will support you in fully recognizing and expressing your grief – exploring “what was” and what it meant to you. Your therapist will also support you in understanding “what is” and plan for “what will be”.
Our therapists would love to support you through the the transitions you are experiencing in your life, supporting you in reducing stress and gaining clarity and comfort.
Our Transition Therapists
Carly will support you in gaining insight into what it is that is causing you anxiety. Carly approaches anxiety and anxiety treatment in a holistic manner, using her training in mindfulness, Reiki, Yoga, and psychotherapy to help you find relief in your mind and body.
Virginia will support you in understanding the patterns and unhelpful beliefs that are maintaing your anxiety symptoms. Virginia specializes in supporting women that have experienced upsetting events, stressful events, and traumatic events. Her training focuses on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, and trauma. If you find that your anxiety is causing you to have obsessive or compulsive thoughts or behaviors (difficulty leaving the house due to a fear you will leave the curling iron, etc) then Virginia might be especially helpful to you.
Lauren supports adolescents and young adults learn to understand their anxiety and build healthy coping mechanisms so that they can more forward and enjoy their lives without the overwhelming worry. Lauren is supportive, warm, and takes a relational approach – this means she truly gets to know and understand your story.
Deirdre uses her training in family and relationship therapy to support you in better understanding how your relationships might be causing you stress and anxiety and how to manage them in ways that are fulfilling. She will help you to gain insight into how your past might be impacting your future, develop communication skills and coping mechanisms.
Elizabeth would like to support you in managing your anxiety and the ways in which it is impacting your life. Perhaps you are finding yourself unable to engage with friends and family the way you’d like to or maybe you notice yourself avoiding important daily tasks. Elizabeth will support you in feeling comfortable in your relationships by improving communication, better understanding how your anxiety is getting in the way of connection, and supporting you developing self soothing techniques.
Schedule with Elizabeth – Elizabeth is only taking new clients on limited basis. For more information e-mail her directly at Earnshawmft@gmail.com
Ariel understands that major life transitions – the birth of a child, starting college, a new job, big move, or the loss of a relationship might cause you to feel persistent worry or anxiety. She will help you navigate major life changes by creating of a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship, challenging maladaptive ways of thinking and behaving and by helping you increase insight and self-awareness.
Schedule with Ariel – Ariel is only taking new clients on a limited basis. For more information e-mail her directly at SternLPC@gmail.com.