Life Transitions Therapy
Are you having difficulty adjusting to an important transition in
your life? Possible changes could include: moving, new job or unemployment, gender or sexuality struggles, illness, relationship difficulties or divorce, parenting issues, step-family, empty nest, parents aging, grief/loss. If so you may be experiencing an Adjustment Disorder.
Adjustment Disorder is a type of stress-related mental illness. It is a short-term condition that occurs when you have a great struggle coping with, or adjusting to, a particular change in your life. You may feel anxious or depressed and normal daily routines may feel overwhelming. You may feel sad or hopeless or be unusually argumentative. Going to work or school or other day-to day activities may be difficult. You may also be avoiding your friends and family. Additional symptoms of adjustment disorder are listed below.
Some of my life transition/adjustment disorder specialties:
Divorce: I have helped many people through the painful process of divorce. Maybe you are the one initiating the divorce or maybe your partner has decided to end the relationship, Either way, divorce often involves feelings of deep grief, sadness, anger and loss. If you are going through divorce, you may be struggling with life changes like living alone, being a single parent, co-parenting with an ex that you have complicated feelings about, dealing with your children's grief or acting out. You may feel an intense level of emotion, feel "raw" or vulnerable. You may also feel alone in a world that is full of couples. Some friends may back away from you. I understand the process and feelings involved in divorce. I can be of support and offer help through the process.
Stepfamilies: I have experience working with stepfamilies and the unique issues that arise in blended households. As a new step-family you may be feeling disillusioned that your family situation does not feel like the Brady Bunch. Your new bonus children may not accept you and may be making things difficult. You may feel that the "fantasy" family you had in your mind when you married your partner feels different than the blended family you have. If you are the bio-parent, you may feel conflicted loyalties to your new spouse and your bio-kids who may not have bonded or gelled yet. I am here to tell you: there is hope! Many blended families do make it through the tough initial transition to become loving and diverse families. I am here to help you work through, process, problem solve around the unique issues that step-families have.
Parenting: Are your kids acting out, being disrespectful? Do you feel out of control, like you're gonna lose it? Do you struggle with how to discipline or talk to you children? Do you have a teenager who is rebellious or a young adult child who won't leave home? I have helped many parents work through and problem solve around parenting issues. I know how hard it can be! I work with parents to find ways to parent their children in a positive, connected, empowered way for both the parent and the child. I follow the principles and ideas in the book The Conscious Parent. Please check it out on my Helpful Books page. If you're struggling, you don't have to go it alone. I offer a safe, respectful space for you to discuss the difficult parenting issues you are facing.
I have helped many people through the painful process of adjusting to life transitions. I can listen, encourage you to explore your feelings, offer feedback and suggestions and come up with a new plan for your life.
You don't have to go through this alone. I'm here to help. Contact me today to schedule your first appointment.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."
-MARY ANNE RADMACHER
Helpful Links For Adjustment Disorder
- Heathline.com - Offers helpful information and trusted health advice for people who are suffering from Adjustment Disorder.
- WebMD.com - A great resource for people looking for information, treatment, symptoms and advice on many conditions or disorders such as Adjustment Disorder.
- Make The Connection - Learn the signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder. Hear stories from other Veterans. Find treatment options for adjustment disorders.