Life transitions can be scary, daunting, and challenging. Often there are many complicating factors to consider. Having a therapist who really gets you can make all the difference in being able to understand your options, gain clarity, make the right decision, and feel good about going forward.
Life transitions are as diverse as every individual person and their specific life circumstances. But one of the most common and most important is the Midlife Transition, sometimes called the midlife crisis. It doesn't have to be a crisis! It's a normal developmental period in everyone's life, and if you embrace it, then you will come out on top, successful and happy. Please follow these links for further information on Midlife Crisis and Midlife Transition counseling.
Attitude Triumphs Over Outcome: "In long-term studies of people over the course of multiple decades, the capacity to ultimately find a happy relationship was not affected by the age when they first fell in love. But it was affected by the person's attitude toward their experiences." David Niven / Werner & Smith, 2001
Other common life transition issues that can really benefit from individual or couples counseling include:
- End of a relationship
Loss of a loved one
Loss of a job
Getting married or divoced
Becoming a parent
Coping with illness
Caring for an aging parent
- Bad relationship situations
- Bouncing back from wrong decisions
- Lack of progress, passion, or vision
- Making major life choices
- Identity development
- What it's like to be you
- Understanding your past, present, & future
- Finding your calling
- Your strenghts & weaknesses
- Where you go from here
- Friends & family
- Stronger networks
Life is about the journey! Make sure it's a good one.
The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis:
It's not what you think -- and new research shows you start getting happier at 50
By Jonathan Rauch
This was a facinating article about the possible biological components of the emotional difficulties of midlife. Whatever the biological factors related to midlife transition may be, it's nevertheless an important psychological phase of life. It's a time when our values must be re-examined. Important, new decisions must be made for how we want the second half of our lives to go. In midlife there's much less willingness to put up with things that aren't really a reflection of our true self. But finding that true self can be hard, after it's been deeply absored in a marriage, in a career, or in raising kids. The developmental stage of midlife transition is an excellent time to seek therapy, counseling, or coaching.