I often talk about the pillars of anxiety – change, lack of control, and uncertainty. Any one of these factors, or a combination of them, can create distress for most people. Life transitions inherently contain change, and often lack of control and uncertainty. Some psychologists say that any situation that results in a change from the normal routine has the potential for grief – so it is only natural that we would experience difficulty with life transitions.
There is no shame in struggling with changes in our lives – routine and stability soothe us, sometimes even when the circumstances are not optimal.
There is a way forward, with CBT approaches that can address your particular circumstances.
Some of the most common life transitions I help clients navigate are:
- Moving away to college
- Adjusting to university life or your first professional job
- Getting married
- Having a new baby
- Children leaving home
- Breakup, separation or divorce
- Job loss or major change in career
- Financial gain/loss
- Serious illness or disability
- Issues pertaining to aging
- Death of a loved one
- Existential concerns
If you are struggling with a transition point of your life and have more questions about therapy, feel free to contact me to discuss whether I can help.