Life Transitions

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry & Perinatal Specialist located in Cherry Hill , NJ
Life Transitions services offered in Cherry Hill , NJ

Everyone goes through changes in life, from leaving school and getting a job to having children and coping with loss. Contact the Clarity Psychiatry Care team in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, if you struggle with a significant life transition. Experienced specialists Dr. Amy Carnall, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC, and Christina Sertway, APN, PMHNP-BC, understand the difficulties life’s changes can cause and are ready to help you overcome them. Call Clarity Psychiatry Care today or book online for expert help with life transitions.

Life Transitions Q & A

What are life transitions?

Life transitions are times when major changes occur in your life. Common examples of life transitions include: 

  • Leaving school or college 
  • Reaching a significant age like 30, 40, 50, or 60
  • Moving home
  • Relocating
  • Getting married
  • Gender reassignment
  • Becoming a parent
  • New job or job loss
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Becoming ill or disabled
  • Bereavement
  • Retirement

Some transitions are positive, and others are difficult or cause severe distress. Any life transition can result in considerable emotional upheaval that requires careful management. 


Why do life transitions affect my mental health?

Life transitions involve change, which many people find hard to cope with. Transitions can also be when you reevaluate your life — what you’ve achieved so far, how well you’re reaching your goals, and what the future holds.

You might feel sad or frustrated that things haven’t turned out as you’d hoped. You may be anxious about making the right or wrong decision, such as taking on a new family or changing your career. You could be coping with grief at a loss or feel a sense of panic when you realize time is passing and you’re reaching middle age.

The process of experiencing these emotions, along with the stress of managing change, can be challenging. Some people become stuck with negative feelings and don’t know how to move forward, triggering or worsening problems like depression and anxiety.


How do I cope with life transitions successfully?

The Clarity Psychiatry Care team’s skilled mental health professionals offer various forms of support for people going through life transitions, including:

  • Grief counseling
  • Relationship counseling
  • Career counseling 
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Person-centered therapy

Your Clarity Psychiatry Care therapist selects the most suitable approach for you after assessing your needs. You may need help realistically evaluating your life and achievements to appreciate your accomplishments and identify the positive aspects of your life transition.  

Your therapist can help you create new, achievable, motivating goals and suggest ways to improve your situation, such as learning new life skills. They also show you how to use techniques like mindfulness meditation to manage stress. 

Whatever difficulties life transitions present for you, the Clarity Psychiatry Care team can help you overcome them. Call and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.