Support through Life Transitions with a Psychologist Melbourne


What are life transitions?

A life transition is a significant period of change that is usually characterised by shifting meanings related to your roles, responsibilities, relationships or routines. While each life transition marks a new chapter, we possess a natural tendency to find changes to the familiar aspects of our lives unsettling, whether these changes are welcomed or not.

Some examples of life transitions that people struggle with are:

How might life transitions impact my life?

With change comes growth, but also varying levels of uncertainty, stress and resistance. As humans, we rely on familiar places, faces and routines in order to feel safe and secure. This can make life transitions and the inevitable changes that they impose challenging to accept.

When experiencing a difficult life transition, you may experience some of the following:

Adjustment disorders

Experiencing difficulties when adjusting to life transitions is very common. When these difficulties are recognised as being more severe or long lasting than expected, this may be indicative of an adjustment disorder. Adjustment disorders encompass “excessive” reactions to a life transition which temporarily impact the way that you think and feel about yourself and the world. Those who are experiencing adjustment disorder may engage in uncharacteristic or reckless behaviours and become highly anxious and/or suicidal.

Which treatments at Cova can help?

Most difficulties caused by life transitions often resolve themselves as we adapt to the associated changes with time. Regardless, engaging in therapy can certainly facilitate this process of adjustment. There is a range of therapeutic approaches that have been found to be effective for helping people who are finding life transitions challenging. Some research-based methods for treating life transition difficulties provided by our clinicians include (click on each type of therapy to learn more):

Your psychologist will conduct a thorough assessment and collaboratively develop a treatment plan with you using one or more of these therapies.