Life Transitions

Life Transitions Therapy

Life fully lived forces us to constantly adapt to change: a new baby, a new relationship, marriage, divorce, illness, a new career, to name a few. Each of these events cause stress to varying degrees depending on how well we were biologically and physically, and emotionally prepared we were to deal with them.

Perhaps you are surprised that getting married, buying a new home, moving to a place you desire, having a family of your own, starting anew career or even retiring can actually make you feel anxious, low, fearful, and upset … just as negative events such as loss, divorce and severe and debilitating illness or injury can as well.

All of us try to cope the best we are able to each of these events, but sometimes we feel sad or scared when we should be happy, or we feel stuck and like we cannot go forward, or maybe we just feel overwhelmed and hopeless.

Why isn’t it all lining up, we ask? Well there may be many reasons, such as:

  • having parents who were unsupportive of our happiness or growth because of their problems such as envy or other problems;
  • having experiences that make it difficult to feel
  • or having to make too many adjustments at once

These are just a few examples of ways we can be thrown off and have a hard time dealing with life’s challenges.

If you are needing help understanding your reactions to life’s major transitions we can work together to alleviate your distress. These feelings are typically indicative of a deeper problem. The meaning of these events to you can be hidden until looked at with another set of eyes, ears, and acquired knowledge. In addition, mindfulness and other stress reduction strategies can help to re-center yourself and get relief. Particularly if such events are typically joyous occasions, it would be worth getting the benefit of such counsel.

Is if life is just feeling too challenging at present, it sounds like a good time to head for some help from a professional such as Dr, Lynn Winsten in Berkeley.