Deciding to leave a job or start a new profession, join a partnership, grow your family, relocate to a new city, care for an aging or ill loved one, cope with chronic illness, process divorce or separation, or prepare to be an “empty-nester” can be quite an adjustment for some individuals.
A disruption in the homeostasis of life often creates a need or desire to control as many internal and external circumstances as possible. For instance, individuals may envision what life will be like in a new city but then come to find that certain expectations are not as achievable within the original time frame. This reality may evoke feelings of anxiety, disappointment, and depressive thinking and stymie the process of coping with the change in a healthy and productive manner. Therapy can help improve life transitions by removing any roadblocks and encouraging acceptance of life’s challenges.