- Are you adjusting to the demands of being a new parent?
- Has retirement resulted in restlessness and feelings of lost identity and meaning?
- Are you experiencing grief related to your children leaving home?
- Have you felt isolated, bored or sad after quitting employment to be
a full-time homemaker and parent?
- Are you struggling to provide oversight and caretaking to an aging parent?
Transitions such as parenthood, retirement, children leaving home, quitting employment, and caring for aging parents can present unanticipated difficulties. Therapy can be a place to resolve conflicted feelings and adapt to new life circumstances
Examples of disorders related to phase of life issues include the following:
- Phase of life problem
- Identity problem
- Partner relational problem
- Parent-Child relational problem
- Adjustment disorder with depressed mood or anxiety or mixed
These examples demonstrate a range of ways that phase of life issues can arise. Whatever kinds of difficulties you are experiencing, know that help is available. Therapy can help you reorient your view of life to recognize and appreciate the advantages of your current situation.
Treatment for phase of life issues can consist of:
- Clarifying the life circumstances contributing to stress, anxiety or lack of fulfillment
- Identifying values that guide your life decisions and determine your sense of fulfillment
- Implement increased assertiveness to take decisive action
- Share emotional struggles related to current adjustment stress
With over 15 years experience as a counselor, I have worked with many clients going through a variety of significant life transitions including parenting, retirement, empty nest syndrome, leaving the workforce and caring for aging parents. Over time, therapy can help you experience more ease and flow in your life, as well as increased satisfaction and enjoyment as you adjust to new circumstances, roles and situations.