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Whether the changes in your life are positive or negative, life transitions can make you feel lost and confused or cause a surge of strong emotions that affect your well-being. If you feel overwhelmed before or after a life transition, Kelly Thompson, LCSW, can help you navigate the change, providing therapy that allows you to come to terms with the past and move into a positive, thriving life. If you need help with a life transition, call the office in Waco, Texas, or book a telemedicine appointment online today.

Life Transitions Q & A

What are life transitions?

Life transitions include any significant change that occurs during your lifetime. A few of the most common life transitions include:

  • Going to college
  • Changing jobs
  • Losing your job
  • Moving to a new location
  • Marriage
  • The arrival of a new baby
  • Divorce or separation
  • Retirement
  • Serious illness or disability
  • Death of a friend or family member

An internal life transition occurs when you question your place in the world or wonder about the meaning of your life. Reflecting on your past and creating direction for your future can happen anytime but may be triggered by one of the transitions listed above.

Why would I need counseling for a life transition?

You may seek counseling to talk about a possible life transition and get support for making the best decision. Or you may need counseling when you experience:

Positive life transition

You may carefully choose a transition and see it as a positive step in your life, but it still represents a significant change that affects your emotional and mental health. All life transitions cause stress and emotional imbalances.

Unexpected or unwanted life transition

When a life transition is unexpected or something you must do no matter how you feel, it causes more stress and has a bigger impact on your mental health. For example, you may have bursts of anger, grief, resentment, irritability, or sadness. An unwanted life transition can throw you into major depression or cause another type of mental health disorder.

Downward spiral

If you already have a mental health disorder, a life transition can tip the balance. Your symptoms may get worse, and your emotions may spiral out of control.

Adjustment disorder

Adjustment disorders occur after your life transition. If you feel trapped or develop depression, anxiety, or anger issues within three months of your change, you may need counseling for adjustment disorder.

What can I expect during therapy for life transitions?

Kelly completes a thorough clinical assessment to determine your mental and emotional well-being; then, she creates a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Kelly specializes in many therapeutic techniques that give you insight into your emotions and behaviors, teach coping skills and new strategies for dealing with your transition.

If you have severe symptoms of a mental health disorder, you may need medication to improve your symptoms and help you feel better.

Life transitions significantly impact your emotional and mental health. If you need help managing your changes, call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or book an appointment online today.

Kelly Thompson, LCSW
✆ Phone (appointments):  915-223-5180 
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 Address: 7000 Canterbury Drive, Waco, TX 76712