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Transition and Life Changes

Are you struggling to cope with a big change in your life? Change is the only constant in life, and some changes are bigger or more challenging than others.

Perhaps you are:

  • Beginning a new phase or chapter of your life,

  • Moving to a new area,

  • Starting or completing school,

  • Becoming a parent,

  • Considering marriage, or expanding your family

  • Exploring ideas of non-monogamy, or opening your marriage

  • Exploring or adjusting to a new identity,

  • Coming out as LGBTQ+,

  • Ending a relationship,

  • Changing or leaving a religion,

  • Changing careers, starting a new job, navigating a job loss, or unemployment.

  • Have just experienced serious injury, or have received a life-altering diagnosis,

  • Expanding your role or responsibilities in your family or workplace,

  • Integrating a powerful spiritual experience, or exploring your relationship to religion or faith,

  • Completing a major project and don’t know what is next,

  • Contextualizing a peak experience,

  • Grieving the loss of a loved one,

  • Dealing with aging,

…or anything else.

You might feel overwhelmed by emotions and be experiencing a heightened sense of uncertainty and instability. It is understandable, big life transitions come with big reactions and big emotions. They also, evoke deep and profound questions. It is a potent and powerful time, and can be enhanced and stabilized by working with a trained professional.

Perhaps you notice there are thoughts like, how did this happen? What does it mean? Who am I now? What is my purpose? Where do I go from here? You might be confronted with a deluge of sudden insights and awareness of patterns and habits that were previously unconscious.

In pivotal times, it is common to judge our intense experience and think we are ‘doing it wrong,’ because it is so much all at once. A conflation of feelings is normal and healthy during big life transitions. You might notice that you seem to experience ambivalent or seemingly contradictory feelings about the same thing. For example, at a new job you sometimes feel insecure, sad, overwhelmed, and anxious, in addition to moments of empowerment, excitement, and joy. This is normal! Perhaps as you have just experienced a major loss and you are experiencing unimaginable grief, and you notice that feelings of relief, humor, and anger are present as well. That is normal!

You are navigating a major change in life, it can hold a lot of impact and meaning. Nuanced and complex reactions are to be expected. In therapy, you are invited as you are, all of you.

Maybe you feel full of doubt and you notice you are questioning your choices, yourself, your life as you adjust to change. Maybe you have been thrust into dealing with something you never imagined, don’t want, and have no choice but to deal with it.

Change is difficult for everyone, and it can be confrontational, scary, painful, and uncomfortable. Big transitions also come with the potential for big growth.

Working with a therapist during big life transitions can support you in making sense of the adjustments you are having to make, track and contextualize larger themes and patterns in your life, and shed light on some areas of potential unconscious—to support you in moving as lucid and grounded as possible through what can feel like unsteady times. Changing times are often filled with difficulty and uncertainty, and with that they are fertile fields for transformation and healing.

As a therapist, I have supported people through major changes in their lives, in areas included above and more. There is a powerful and creative space in groundlessness, and to access the potentiality takes some bravery. I offer a safe and supportive space to feel all your feelings. No feeling is ever wrong, “too big,” or “too much!” There is no “right” timeframe for feelings, or the process you are traversing. It is my goal to align with the cadence of your own healing journey. By honoring you and your rhythm, we encourage recognition and guidance from your inherent wisdom. In honoring this deep knowing, you will come through your changes with integration and wholeness.

Perhaps, you think your change is not “that big,” and you can do it alone. Possibly, you think it’s just something to get through, or tough out. If you’re wondering if therapy is right for you right now, feel free to reach out! I offer a free consultation session, which means we can talk about what you’re going through, and discuss honestly whether we feel like therapy is a good option for you at this point.

I am a seasoned clinician utilizing a client-centered and eclectic approach to working with transition and integration. My work is informed by embodied relational gestalt, mindfulness traditions and practices, neuroscience, attachment theory, Jungian dream work, somatic therapy, indigenous practices, undergirded by feminism and social-justice.

Paramount to my education is my experience as a human, who has to navigate many big and small transitions, with varied agency. I have learned that the most effective way to support my clients is to be fully myself, as a therapist—which is cushioned by all the personal and professional work I have done. In bringing my whole self to the seat of a therapist, I offer an active ear for listening, heart for empathizing, and humility to honor your embodied wisdom, inherent strength and deep knowing. The profound gift of therapy is the human relational aspect. I am here to be with what is, accept you just as you are, while the weaving of your inner sources of strength, clarity, and health reveal.

If you’re wondering if support with transitions or integration is right for you, and would like to explore ways to bloom into a version of yourself and your life that is more creative, nourishing, empowered and playful, get in touch!

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