Life Transitions in Relationships

It feels like you’re barely keeping your head above water.

There are some transitions in relationships that seem “easier” than others. Then, there are times when the transitions seem “impossible.”

There are anticipated transitions: the first day of kindergarten, the first day of high school, the first day of college, getting married, and having a baby.

But there are unanticipated transitions, and these can be hard to navigate.

Change and transitions can be hard for some and welcomed by others.

Human beings like comfort.

We like predictability and knowing what’s coming next.

Transitions are the opposite. There is a lot of unpredictability…

… and the unknown is present.

The transition after the wedding can be overwhelming. The to-do list is long, thank you notes need to be written, conversations that once used to flow easily now have differences popping up.

“Do we return from the registry? What do we keep? Do you really like that?”

Differences arise, and you ask, “Are we on the same page with our goals, values, and decision to marry?”

While this is all true, surprises can arise, and that is where relationship challenges surface. Counseling can help navigate those challenges.

A baby is born. Incredible. What an experience. It was intense, amazing, scary, and unbelievable all at the same time.

With the firstborn, there is no manual when you’re discharged from the hospital. Crying is something that no one can expect, and no one can know how they will react to a crying baby. You and your partner aren’t seeing eye to eye with how to react…

“Let him cry it out. He’ll self-soothe.”

“No way. When I hear a peep, pick him up as quickly as you can.”

Aging. Time advances quickly. Months seem to fly by at lightning speed.

High school graduation announcements are sent from our friends’ kids to our home. Then come the college graduations from family and extended family through the years.

Next, we receive wedding invitations. Then, we read obituaries about friends who have passed.

“How does it happen? I don’t think I’m 50 years old. I think I am 24. My body feels like I am older.”

Counseling can help when life transitions get tough.

The therapeutic process can support you when navigating life transitions in your relationship.

I’m often referred to as “seasoned.” I embrace that term. I have grey hair, and my approach comes from a place of genuine care and compassion.

I have a holistic approach to how I view counseling. I believe that the mind, body, and soul are all interconnected, and we must consider our individual family of origin, but we don’t remain there. We consider what the hopes and the primary goals are that brought you to counseling.

Not everyone is ready for therapy. Hard work is involved when we examine ourselves and the choices we’ve made in the past and present and what we want for our future. You must want to see areas for growth and improvement in your life.

We’ll meet based on your needs and situation. That could be occasionally or weekly – the frequency is up to you.

I would love the opportunity and the privilege to support you.

I often say, “You always have me in your back pocket.”

An email, a text, or a phone call is the first step. Often, there is uncertainty, insecurity, or embarrassment about reaching out.

You may think, “I’m doing okay. How can counseling help, really?”

One step is enough to move forward in getting the help and support you are looking for.

I offer a free 15-minute consultation to see if I would be a “good fit” for you. There is no pressure at all during this call. Questions are always welcome.

Reach out today, and we’ll schedule your free consultation: (734) 846-7535.