Life Transitions | Aging

Are you newly married and wonder what happened to the person you fell in love with?

Did you just send your last child off to college?    Are you getting divorced after 25 years of marriage?

Did you just lose your job?  Have you just been diagnosed with a debilitating disease?

Are you becoming the caretaker for your aging parents?  Has your adult child just moved back home?  Are you having difficulty getting along with your new in-laws? 

Are you adjusting to life after the death of your spouse?  Are you a first time mother?  Is your marriage recovering from an affair?  Has your social status changed due to financial loss?   Are you stressed out about returning to school or going back into the workforce?  

Life’s journey if full of expected and unexpected Changes.  Do you find yourself adjusting to change and embracing it or do you dread the thought of change and tend to avoid it at all costs?  The key to our mental stability and emotional wellbeing depends on how we adjust to life’s everyday changes, whatever they may be. 

Symptoms Experienced During Times of Change

            • Shock and Disbelief / Depression & Anxiety / Physical Aches & Pain
            • Insomnia / Overeating or Starving / A Sense of Loss and Grief / Suicidal Thoughts
            • Overwhelming Fear / Feelings of Confusion / Isolation and Loss of Interest
            • Feelings of Desperation / Anger and Resentment / Rejection and Embarrassment
            • Struggles with Spiritual beliefs / Irritability and Mood Swings / Crying Spells

Most people will experience some of these symptoms naturally when adjusting to change in their life.  The symptoms will usually decrease and even be eliminated as you adjust to your “new normal”. However, if you feel that you are struggling emotionally or mentally and unable to adjust well to whatever the change is you are experiencing, you may be developing a mental disorder and need to seek counseling to help you work through the transition. 

Counseling for Treating Symptoms When You Are Adjusting to Change 

Treatment may include medication from your doctor or a psychiatrist, changes in diet and exercise, and counseling.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) are effective forms of therapy to treat anxiety, fear, stress related issues, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and grieving a loss.  Using these two approaches in counseling, Dr. Crystal Hollenbeck helps you address your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to adjust to the change you are facing with success.  EMDR Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  

There is Hope for Healing that produces Harmony through counseling.