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Therapy for Life Stressors, Changes, and Adjustments

Do you feel uncertain about the choices you made that are leading to all this change in your life? Are you feeling down and meh, even though you are excited about these new adventures? 

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You have been looking forward to this change for months, and now just want it stop. 
You want the comfort of the before, even if the before wasn't that great.
Maybe you feel like your are going to lose it any second now?

Feeling like this is too much.

We understand what you are going through.

When you are ready, we are here for you.

Does this sound like you?

  • Uncertain about the future or handing changes

  • Not doing the things you used to love

  • Feeling unsure or unclear how to navigate the changes and adjustments

  • Feeling like these changes are just too much to handle

  • A sense of loss or grief of what was

  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches, or muscle tension

  • Avoiding people

  • No motivation or energy

  • Coping with alcohol or drugs

  • Just feeling generally meh or stressed out

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If you answered yes, you may be experiencing difficulties adjusting to change

Life is full of changes... we think someone once said the only constant in life is change. Sometimes these changes are exciting, and fun, and something you want - and sometimes those same changes can be challenging to navigate. Whether you're going through a major life transition, such as a divorce, job loss, or relocation, or you're struggling with the loss of a pet (or the addition), the loss of a friend, or starting a college - the adjustment process just isn't going as you thought it would. Difficulties with changes and stressors is known as an Adjustment Disorder. 

An Adjustment disorder is a mental health condition that can occur when you have difficulty coping with a stressful life event or significant life change. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, and it can make it challenging to go about your daily life. It's important to note that these symptoms can occur in response to a wide range of stressful life events or changes, and they may persist for up to six months after the event or change has occurred. It's important to note that everyone's experience with adjustment and life transitions is unique, and some people may experience different symptoms than others.

If you're struggling with life transitions, changes, or day to day stressors, you do not have to go it alone. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment. We're here to help you get the support and resources you need to feel better and live a happier, healthier life.

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How will Therapy for life stressors and adjusting to change help?

Life can be full of surprises, both good and bad. Whether it's a major life change or a small bump in the road, it's natural to feel a range of emotions when faced with stressors or adjustment disorders. Your experiences are unique to you. Sometimes you go through change, it is a little stressful, but you are able to navigate it. You take time to breathe, talk with people who are important to you, and face one challenge at a time. Other times, the changes, stressors, and transitions are completely overwhelming. That's where therapy comes in!​


Going to therapy for life stressors or an adjustment disorder can be incredibly helpful. Not only does it provide a safe and supportive space to explore your emotions and experiences, but it also equips you with practical tools and techniques to manage stress and anxiety. Working with a mental health professional can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your situation, helping you develop healthier coping strategies for managing stress and anxiety. By developing these skills, you'll feel more equipped to handle the challenges that come with life stressors, changes, and life transitions.


In addition to practical tools, therapy can help you develop a stronger sense of resilience and self-efficacy. With the support of your therapist, you'll build the skills and confidence to navigate future stressors and challenges with greater ease and confidence. Lastly, therapy provides you with a supportive and collaborative relationship with your therapist, giving you a valuable source of emotional support during times of stress and uncertainty. With this strong foundation, you'll be able to move towards greater well-being and resilience, ready to take on whatever life throws your way! So, if you're feeling overwhelmed by life stressors or adjustment disorders, don't hesitate to reach out for support. A mental health professional can provide you with the emotional support, practical tools, and self-awareness needed to manage life's challenges and move towards greater well-being.

Uncertain about starting therapy?

Uncertainty about starting therapy is a common concern people have when considering whether or not to treat stress. Of course attitudes toward therapy vary between people and cultures, but beyond fear there are many valid questions about the use and effectiveness of therapy in resolving stress. 

“Why can't I just talk to my friends or partner or family about my struggles and stresses with change?"

It's always a good idea to talk to your partner, friends, and family about your struggles with change, as they can offer support, understanding, and a listening ear. However, sometimes it can be challenging to talk to friends and family about our struggles because they may be biased. Our friends and family may be too close to us to offer an objective perspective or advice, and may be influenced by their own experiences, beliefs, or biases. Also, while our friends and family may have the best intentions, they may not have the knowledge or skills to help us effectively manage our struggles. Unfortunately, some people may not be as supportive or understanding as we need them to be, and their responses may add to our stress and anxiety. Or  maybe you are concerned about how your friends and family will react to your struggles, and fear they may judge you for feeling the way you do. For these reasons, it can be helpful to seek the support of a mental health professional who can offer an objective perspective, provide evidence-based interventions, and help us develop the skills to cope with change and transition effectively. A mental health professional can offer a safe and supportive space to discuss your struggles and provide guidance and resources to help you move forward.

“Life transitions and stressors are normal, why can't I just wait until I get used to the change?”

You're right, life transitions and stressors are totally normal! But just because something is common doesn't mean it's easy to handle on your own. Adjusting to changes in life can be overwhelming and stressful, and waiting for things to get better on their own can be a long and difficult road. Seeking support from a mental health professional can help you navigate the challenges of adjustment disorder and life transitions more efficiently and effectively. Therapy can provide you with the tools and techniques to manage stress, cope with uncertainty, and develop resilience to tackle future challenges. It can also be a safe space to explore your emotions and work through any underlying issues that may be impacting your ability to adjust to the change. You don't have to go through it alone, and you don't have to wait for things to magically get better. Taking proactive steps to care for your mental health and well-being can make all the difference in helping you move forward in a positive direction. So why not give counseling a try and see how it can support you through your life transition?

“Isn't it kind of silly to go to therapy because I'm going through a life transition? Everyone goes through changes in life and they don't go to counseling.”

It's a common misconception that only people with severe mental health conditions require therapy. However, the truth is that life transitions and changes can be incredibly challenging to navigate, and therapy can be a helpful tool to manage the stress and uncertainty that often comes with these transitions.

Therapy can provide a safe and supportive space to discuss your concerns, explore your emotions, and develop coping strategies to manage the difficulties that come with life transitions. While it's true that many people go through life transitions without seeking therapy, everyone's experiences and circumstances are unique, and therapy can be a helpful resource to facilitate a smoother transition.

It's essential to prioritize your mental health and well-being during times of change and uncertainty, as neglecting your emotional health can lead to more severe mental health concerns down the line. Seeking therapy during a life transition is a proactive step towards taking care of your mental health and developing the skills and resilience to navigate future changes and challenges.

If you're experiencing difficulties adjusting to a life transition, there's no shame in seeking support. A mental health professional can provide guidance and resources to help you manage the stress and uncertainty that comes with change and help you move forward in a positive direction.

Therapists that Specialize in treating Life Stressors, Changes, and Adjustments


Therapy in Illinois

Adam Scartozzi, MA, LCPC, LMHC

Adam Scartozzi, MA, LCPC, LMHC

Therapy in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Florida


Abia Hashmi, MA, LCPC, LPC

Therapy in Illinois, Texas, and Florida

Dr. Beth Marnix

Beth Marnix, Psy.D., LCP, HSPP, LP

Therapy in Illinois, Texas, Indiana, and PSYPACT states

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