Our lives are ever changing, even when we don’t expect the change to happen. Some changes occur naturally and are planned, such as graduating from high school or college, starting a new job, starting a new relationship, and having a family. While these changes are welcomed, they aren’t without their challenges. Sometimes, we’re just not prepared even though we thought we were. And, sometimes, these welcomed changes don’t go the way we had hoped.
There are other times when change happens to us even though we want nothing to do with it, such as a scary health concern, the death or loss of a loved one, a painful break-up, unexpected lay off from work, or a global pandemic. Damn you, COVID. Some of these things we are not necessarily prepared for; therefore, making adjusting to them that much harder. Sometimes we even feel like we’re the only ones going through a certain life stage, which can feel isolating. Or, even if we are going through the same issue, we may feel we are handling it differently than others, which can also make us feel lonely.
With any of these scenarios, change is occurring. We humans tend to like things that are familiar, so we tend to not like change because it is unfamiliar. Even if those things don’t serve us well, we are used to them, so we keep them the same, such as an unfulfilling job, or a bad relationship. Why in the world would we do this? Because navigating things that are unfamiliar can cause stress, and in extreme cases, feelings of anxiety or depression. These feelings can creep up on you, or even unconsciously prohibit you from moving forward. So, it’s understandable that we might want to avoid change in an effort (consciously or unconsciously) to avoid unwanted stress.
When you’re having trouble with the newness of a life transition, or trying to make those initial steps forward, we can support you in navigating the uncertainty ahead. Our therapists understand the discomfort change brings in navigating transitions in life, and will challenge you enough to start making steps toward adjusting to the new life while helping you tolerate the change. We will help you sit with the discomfort of the change until it becomes comfortable, because that is how change can occur.
When you are in a situation, it can be difficult to see outside of that place you are in, and our therapists can help you navigate through various challenges so you are better equipped to face them. Our therapists are skilled at being able to help you face your fears or barriers that are preventing you from moving forward, and find success in mastering the transition. Ready to become a master at conquering this change? Contact us for an initial appointment or complimentary consultation below.