Therapy for life transitions

Online therapy in Bellevue and throughout Washington

Balance change and acceptance in order to live a more fulfilling life.

Has the stress from life changes become too much?

Maybe you're noticing:

  • Things feel out of control, as if your life has turned upside down
  • You’re fearful of change or the unknown
  • It’s difficult to imagine getting through or past the emotional turmoil
  • You’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling to manage daily stressors
  • You’re isolating or withdrawing from family and friends

Understanding life transitions: The feeling of instability amidst life's ebb and flow

Everything used to feel so predictable and manageable, but now you’re living in a constant state of chaos. It’s hard to explain to others why you’re feeling this way. You used to have so much more energy, but now some days it’s a struggle just to get out of bed. The simplest task feel like a mountain to climb, and you wonder why everything seems so much harder than it used to be.

Decision-making feels impossible. Your mind feels foggy, and you second-guess yourself constantly. Your thoughts are on a loop, replaying your worries over and over again, leaving you feeling paralyzed. You find yourself getting angry at the smallest things, and then feeling guilty about your reaction. It’s like your emotions are a roller coaster that you can’t control.

You used to be social and outgoing, but now find yourself avoiding people and situations that used to bring you joy. It’s not that you don’t want to connect with others, but it’s as if you’ve lost the ability to engage. You’re overwhelmed by the thought of small talk, and being around people feels exhausting. You’re worried they’ll notice how you’ve changed—how distant you’ve become.

Embracing transformative moments: What it can feel like to live without the pain of life transitions

The world, once filled with uncertainty and chaos, now feels like a place of possibility and hope. You wake up each morning with a sense of purpose that you thought was lost forever. The energy that seemed to evaporate during the hardest days is returning, and you now feel ready to take on the day.

The anger and guilt have taken a backseat. Your emotions are more balanced, and you’ve learned healthier ways to express them. Decisions, even the small ones, no longer seem like insurmountable obstacles. You’re able to think clearly, weigh your options, and make choices without the constant loop of doubt and anxiety. The mental fog that clouded your thoughts has lifted, and you can finally trust your judgment again.

Reconnecting with people is no longer a challenge. You find joy in engaging with others and are surprised by how natural it feels. You realize that the distance you felt was more a reflection of your inner struggle than an accurate representation of your relationships.

It feels empowering to realize that you have the ability to shape your own path and overcome obstacles. It’s not that every day is perfect now, but you’ve learned to handle the ups and downs in a healthier way. You have a newfound resilience that comes from facing and overcoming a difficult time in your life. You now can look back with gratitude for the progress you’ve made and look forward with excitement for the adventures that lie ahead.


Embracing transformative moments: What it can feel like to live without the pain of life transitions

What are life transitions?

Life is full of transitions. Some of these transitions are expected as a normal part of life, but others may be unexpected or unwanted. Whether it’s a move, serious accident, illness, leaving or returning to school, midlife career change, death, divorce or breakup, or new phase of life, alterations in our normal routine can prompt changes in our mood and outlook. Transitions mean change, and we are often resistant to change as predictability has a way of keeping us feeling safe. Life transitions require us to part with the familiar and confront the future with a feeling of uncertainty and vulnerability.

Symptoms indicating difficulty adjusting to life transitions

  • Low mood or feeling hopeless
  • Feeling anxious, worried, or on edge
  • No longer finding pleasure in things you used to enjoy
  • Irritability
  • Feeling like you can’t handle things
  • Experiencing difficulty with daily activities
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, and other supports

Is life transitions therapy right for me?

Are you feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, hopeless, irritable, sad, confused, or apathetic? Although we may have been taught to think of change as good, it doesn’t always feel that way. What if I told you that the unknown of what lies in the future does not have to trigger fear and stress? Transitions give us the chance to discover our strengths, gain new knowledge and skills, and explore what it is we desire out of life. This process promotes personal growth and can leave you feeling stronger and more confident in facing future challenges or unexpected changes.

Therapy for life transitions can help you:

  • Re-frame thoughts and expectations about what change means in your life
  • Accept and embrace change as a part of life
  • Develop coping skills to effectively manage stress
  • Cultivate self-compassion and support positive identity development
  • Identify values and goals and instill hope for the future
  • Reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Increase self-awareness, aiding in decision-making

Specialty populations I serve

Young Adults

Millennials

Reconnect to your values and hopes for the future
so that you may live more fully in the present.

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