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Life Transitions Counseling – Catherine Follett, LICSW – Seattle, WA
Life Transitions Counseling

Has a Difficult Transition or Loss Left You Sad, Stuck or Confused?

transitionsAre you confused, worried or overwhelmed by a lack of direction and focus in your life, relationships or career? Do you feel disconnected or uninspired at home or in the workplace and question whether you have the experience or skills needed to make a change? You may have put your personal life or relationships on hold for your career and now wonder if you made the right decision. Perhaps you aren’t as far along in your career as you thought you would be by now. Or, maybe you feel stuck in an unfulfilling job or relationship because of the stability it provides. It may be that changes at work have impacted your role or responsibilities, and you no longer feel happy, engaged or inspired. Or, you may have lost someone close to you and haven’t been able to grieve and heal on your own terms and in your own time. Do you want to make a change but worry it may not be the right decision for yourself or your family?

Whether planned or abrupt, life transitions can catch you off guard, and you may be struggling to adapt after a change in your personal life, work life or relationships. Perhaps you feel isolated after going through a divorce or losing a loved one. Or, maybe your children moved out and you are struggling with empty nest syndrome. Even changes that are normally viewed as positive, such as being promoted or having a new baby, can create stress and self-doubt. You may recognize that you need help getting your life and/or career on track, but aren’t sure what you can do to feel more secure, confident and empowered. Do you wish you had the guidance, support and hope needed to navigate a confusing or painful transition and find a clear path forward?

Everyone Goes Through Difficult Life Transitions

Change is a natural part of life, but we aren’t always prepared to navigate transitions or recover from a loss. Sometimes, it feels like change is forced on us, as with the loss of a job, the end of a relationship or the loss of a child, parent, partner or loved one. Other times, we work toward creating change or engaging in personal growth, but feel stuck in place or worry that we’ll make the wrong decision for ourselves, our partner or our children. It can be difficult knowing how to transition from one way of living to another, especially if the change requires a move away from family, friends or a close-knit professional community. You may have turned to loved ones for personal or career guidance and support, but they weren’t able to offer the neutral advice you need to feel confident in your decisions. Perhaps you have considered working with a life coach who can help you get back on track quickly, but feel ashamed or embarrassed that you haven’t been able to achieve personal goals on your own.

The truth is that we all go through times when we need help managing change in one or more aspects of our lives. A life transitions counselor can give you guidance, support and a neutral perspective to help you identify and recognize your own values, needs and goals and move forward with increased confidence, focus and direction.

Feel Empowered with Life Transitions Counseling

Transition counseling can be a positive, illuminating and fun experience. I provide a safe, authentic and warm space where you can feel comfortable exploring personal, professional and relationship challenges, goals and needs. In life transitions counseling, my role isn’t to tell you what you should do or how you should do it. Rather, I help you define your own goals and steps you can take to work toward them so you can walk away from each session with a clear sense of balance and direction. Through this process, you can build on your strengths and bring fresh energy and motivation to your work and relationships. And, when you feel equipped and empowered to deal with fear and self-doubt, you can tap into to your inner voice for guidance instead of trying to meet other people’s expectations.

The Cycle of Change (by Centerpoint Institute) model that I use during transition counseling has helped individuals successfully navigate personal, professional and relationship changes for years. Rather than focusing building specific skills, such as writing resumes and doing mock interviews, we will work to bring clarity to what it is you want and need to feel happy and satisfied in all aspects of your life. We can deconstruct negative self-beliefs and patterns of behavior that are no longer serving you and develop a strategic approach to help you reach your goals. Together, we will create concrete steps and tailored activities you can use to continue learning and growing between every session. And, when you understand what you need to foster greater joy and passion in your life, you can more easily share your experience with friends and loved ones and help them learn how they can be supportive.

I have been helping men and women understand and respond to challenging thoughts, emotions and circumstances for almost 30 years. In the past 10 years, I have studied at the renowned Centerpoint Institute for Career and Life Renewal in Seattle, and I incorporate a variety of proven tools and techniques that can help you adapt to change and feel empowered during a difficult loss or transition. With the right guidance and support, you can foster healing and growth in your personal life, relationships and career.

But, you may have questions or concerns about life transitions counseling…

I should be able to deal with change on my own.

It’s human nature to want to do things ourselves. But, it is easy to get stuck in the same patterns of thinking and behavior when we don’t have an objective ally who can help us consider personal and professional routines, goals and needs from a new perspective. By seeking support before making a change—or as soon as possible after a transition or loss—you can heal, learn and grow more efficiently and reach new heights in your career and relationships.

I’m too embarrassed to share my doubts and needs.

It is normal to experience fear, self-doubt and uncertainty during a difficult transition, which is why I work hard to create a safe space where you can feel comfortable exploring what it is you need to feel happy and satisfied in your life and work. Researching transition counseling and visiting this site is an important first step, and I invite you to sign up for my newsletter or come in for a free consultation. I’m happy to talk you through my approach and discuss how I can help you find relief, healing and growth.

My partner likes things the way they are. Maybe I shouldn’t make a change?

In addition to meeting with you one-on-one, I offer sessions with your significant other to help him or her understand your needs and goals during this transition. It isn’t always easy sharing your needs with your partner, which is why I work with you to develop tailored strategies you can use to communicate clearly and come together during times of change.

You Can Make a Change

If you are ready to make strategic, empowered changes to reach your personal and professional goals, or if you still have questions about life transitions counseling in Seattle, WA, I invite you to email me here or call (206) 715-0831 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.