Change is constant. But in New York City, navigating change during significant life transitions can sometimes be challenging. The therapists at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy in New York City skillfully help people adjust and adapt to a variety of life transitions.
Many changes or life transitions can be positive and exciting. They’re often things we’ve always looked forward to doing such as graduating high school or college, earning a highly sought-after job promotion or new opportunity, entering a new friendship or romantic relationship, getting married, welcoming the birth or adoption of a child, moving to a new town or state, or adopting a pet.
Other life transitions aren’t quite as pleasant or as seemingly easy to navigate. This includes things such as the loss of a job, unexpected health problems, divorce, or the death of a loved one. At Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy, we help clients in New York City successfully adapt to a variety of life transitions.
Some life transitions can cause various levels of emotional distress and discomfort as well as a prolonged sense of uneasiness and inner turmoil. Your ability to withstand these life transitions and cope in ways that are healthy and productive can depend on a number of factors including: your overall wellbeing; your (or a partner’s) financial and economic situation; your physical, mental, and emotional health; your personal history of resilience; your ability to withstand other life transitions; and more.
Examples of Life Transitions
Life transitions affect people differently, depending on your perspective and your circumstance. What may be negative for one person (getting fired), may be a positive for another (leaving an unsatisfying job). People experience many different life transitions at various times in their lives. Here are some examples of life transitions you may be experiencing:
Developing Emotional Tolerance
When we talk about developing emotional tolerance, we are really talking about learning how to successfully manage the feelings and emotions that run through the course of our bodies and minds during a time of transition. This is hard work. But it’s possible.
Our therapists provide a supportive and compassionate environment in which people are encouraged to share the details of the life transition and the resulting emotions that follow with the goal of developing skills to successfully navigate the life transition and come out stronger on the other side.
A word on the ‘losses’ in life transitions. Not all departures are negative. Some are good and involve a level of risk-taking. Consider a person who is leaving an abusive relationship. That’s a great example of a difficult life transition with clear, positive aspects. In situations like these, our highly trained therapists work one on one with people to invite them to focus on the thing they’re considering doing. And then we pose the questions: What will you give up and what will you leave behind? And, What are the things you are walking toward? What is the most scary part of this life transition?
Answering these questions provides a clarity necessary for developing emotional tolerance. When we’re clear about the emotions we’re experiencing and we can process them in ways that are healthy and complete, we can manage our response proactively rather than reactively.
Treatment In New York City For Coping With Life Transitions
Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy in New York City helps people from all ages and backgrounds cope with life transitions in a supportive, compassionate and safe
environment. We help people before, during, and after life transitions to help them fully understand and process any sources of discomfort and move forward with a sense of peace and wellbeing.
Together, we do the hard work of identifying and implementing healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with these life changes. Our therapists encourage clients to be still and listen to the messages the body, mind, and spirit are receiving during the time of transition. This practice of mindfulness helps to ensure we’re listening to that deepest part of ourselves, our intuition, our gut. Because when we stand still long enough to tolerate the difficult feelings, we can make healthy choices on how to go forward from a place of reason and peace, rather than simply reacting on impulse.