Throughout our lives we go through stages of growth and attain new roles, whether or not we want or feel prepared for them. Becoming a parent, coming out, losing a loved one or pet, changing careers, losing a job, ending a friendship, cutting off a toxic family member, moving to a new place, becoming a caregiver to an elderly or disabled family member, or adjusting to raising a neuro-diverse child are just some examples. These shifts in our roles, responsibilities, and identities can lead to self-doubt, frustration, fear, anxiety, sadness, and grief, to name a few. In some instances, the adjustment to change can contribute to anxiety and/or depressive disorders (e.g., post-natal anxiety or depression).
Therapy can provide the opportunity to learn ways of managing the difficult emotions that arise, make sense of the shift in your identity, and feel heard as you adjust to your new normal.