Life Transitions Counseling in Greenville, SC
How Do You Navigate Change?
Throughout our lives, we will experience many seasons of change. Often we will dream, plan and be excited about upcoming changes. But, then sometimes changes will come into our life that we do not want. Some changes can be fun and exciting. But, many times these life transitions can also be challenging.
What can life transition look like?
Changes can look different for each person. So, how we react to these life transitions and move forward is unique to each person and every situation. Some changes are ones that we hope and dream about. This may include changes like graduating high school or college, starting a new job, making a career change, or starting our own businesses. Many changes revolve around our relationships and the growth with those relationships like:
Having our first child
And growing old together
We can experience happy changes such as traveling, getting a job promotion, relocating for a new job, moving to a bigger home, and planning for our retirements. These types of changes may be dreamed about and planned for. But, there can still be stressful adjustments and unknowns.
Some life transitions we experience are not changes we sought after or wanted.
Often we can experience change due to someone else’s choices. This may be something like a job loss due to a company closing, a relationship ending, an unexpected divorce, or a financial crisis due to a bad economy. We may have to walk through the death of a child or parent, unexpected health crisis, or ongoing grief that we were not prepared for. We can often be unprepared for retirement and all the decisions that come with that. Especially about the changing financial resources and schedules.
Health concerns and crises can bring much stress and unknowns. These may include financial concerns and even ongoing health needs. We may not have wanted or planned for these life transitions. But, we still need to walk through the changes and learn how to make choices that will help us to move forward.
During a season of change, you may notice thinking or feeling…
Everything is changing, and I feel overwhelmed
I don’t even want this change!!
Where do I even begin
I want to move forward but how don’t know how to do that
How do I get past the same obstacles that always trip me up
How do I move and let go of past failures
I’m able to see the big picture of where I want to be but cannot get there
I need help figuring out my next step
I need help meeting deadlines and staying on track
When is it time to seek life transitions therapy?
It’s time to seek help when you feel something has changed in your life. There may be has been a change that wasn’t your choice, or something that needs to change. But, you are not feeling equipped to do the next step needed. You may feel stuck and not sure what to do. You may feel the pressure, anxiety, or even fear of the uncertainty about your situation can bring. Sometimes the situation can feel overwhelming with all the possible choices. As a result, trying to decide what is next can be difficult.
Our therapists understand these feelings and frustrations. We would be honored to help you navigate whatever life transition you may be going through. Whether it is a new job, moving to a new town, beginning, ending a relationship, having a new baby, sending a child off to college, or even changing careers. We can help you better understand and cope with the emotions and specific needs of your change. A life transitions therapist in Greenville, SC can help you make goals and provide support and accountability. By doing so, you can successfully reach your dreams and goals and flourish in the season of life you are in.
How can a life transitions therapist in Greenville, SC help you navigate life transitions?
There are many ways that we can help you as you navigate changes in your life. Our therapists are here to listen as you share what is changing in your life and how you feel about those changes. Having someone who can listen without being in the middle of the situation or having their own opinions is a wonderful help.
A great starting point is right where you are now.
A great starting point in navigating life transitions is to talk about where you are at right now. Talk about your current responsibilities, relationships, and roles in your daily life and how the changes are affecting them. By reviewing where you are right now, we can look at your priorities, time, and resources. All of this will be essential in determining how to move forward to get to where you want to be.
What’s my next step in moving forward?
Once we have a solid understanding of where you currently are, we can start to look at moving forward. In starting to make goals, it is important to make SMART goals. Each goal we make needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant to what we want to do, and have a time element. By choosing to be specific in these areas, it will be much easier for you to successfully work on your goals. Our therapists are here to help you:
Develop doable steps for your goals
Encourage you when the work gets hard
Reassess if necessary
Give you the accountability needed to continue to keep you moving forward
How can I be successful at navigating changes and life transitions?
As you begin to work on your goals, we will be looking at your strengths and how you have been successful in the past. If you are unsure of what your strengths are we can help you as you talk about how you have worked on goals before. We also have resources to help in figuring out your strengths and how to use them to move forward. Once you know your strengths, we will use these attributes and skills in helping you to achieve success in your goals. Using your strengths not only helps you to work smarter. It also helps you to have a more positive experience.
We have only shared a couple of tools. But, there are many other tools we can use in helping you as you navigate life transitions. Our goal is to provide the help and tools that work best for each client. Our therapists are here to listen, collaborate, and provide help for the unique life transitions each client may be experiencing.
We are here to walk alongside you through the challenges and rewards of the season you are currently in. We can help you to dream, plan, and move into your next season.
Change Can Be Beautiful.
Change can lead to beautiful things in your life. It can help you have a new outlook on life or help you move forward to better things. But just because change can lead to good things doesn’t mean it’s easy. For many people change is hard. Life transitions often mean taking risks or losing other parts of your life.
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.