Life Transitions

Managing Life Transitions

Do you have a big life change coming up, or are you currently experiencing a life change? Over the course of our lives, we experience significant life changes that can leave us feeling uncertain about our future. Although change is a healthy part of life, it can also be a difficult adjustment that may come with intense feelings like fear, overwhelm, a loss of control, and confusion. 


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Life Transition Counselling
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8 Varsity Estates Circle NW
Calgary, AB

587-324-2398
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Some challenging life transitions can include:

  • Career changes or job loss
  • Relationship changes such as a new relationship, marriage, separation, and divorce
  • Arrival of a new baby and adoption
  • The death of a loved one
  • School changes and completion of school
  • Questioning gender or sexual identity
  • Moving away from home, or moving to a new city

Feelings of stress and uncertainty are normal when experiencing change, but when this stress starts to get in the way of things like sleep, work, or your social life, that stress may be disrupting healthy coping mechanisms. This disruption can lead to Adjustment Disorder.

Common symptoms of Adjustment Disorder include:  

  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Excessive worry or feeling nervous and stressed out
  • Fatigue, and difficulty sleeping
  • Changes to appetite and eating
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Feeling overwhelmed and out of control 
  • Avoiding people and situations you used to enjoy

Counselling for Change

If you are preparing for an upcoming change or have been struggling to manage a change in your life, therapy with a registered psychologist can help you learn effective tools and strategies for navigating change. 

At KM Counselling you will work with a registered psychologist committed to ensuring that the therapy process is tailored to meet your specific needs. At the onset of counselling, you will work with the therapist to explore your current challenges, strengths, and life situation. From there, treatment goals and first steps will collaboratively be developed and worked on together. Throughout the treatment process, the therapist can help you explore the feelings connected to change and help you cope with the possible sense of loss or fear that comes with your new reality. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How can counselling help me cope with change?

Psychotherapy is the main treatment for adjustment disorder and stress related to life change. Therapy can help provide emotional support, can help you develop healthy routines, and help you learn about your stress triggers and develop tools to help you cope. Often, stress management tools are discussed as well as strategies focused on building resilience.

How long does counselling to address life transitions take?

Most people with stress related to experiencing change can start to see benefits of psychological treatment within the first couple sessions. However, the length of treatment varies depending on the severity and complexity of symptoms being experienced and treatment may be complicated by other co-existing conditions and mental health history

What other resources are available for coping with change?

  • Anxietycanada.com – Evidence-based self-help tools for managing stress and anxiety.
  • Mindshift App – Free App that offers support for managing symptoms of stress. 
  • Moodgym – Self-help online tool for learning skills to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. 

Many issues that people seek counselling for are not easy to talk about. That is why KM Counselling strives to create a safe and empathic space where you can talk about the hard things with a registered psychologist who will tailor a counselling approach specific to your unique needs. 

No matter what issues you are seeking support to address, KM Counselling is here to help explore the issues most important to you. Don’t wait to experience meaningful, lasting change. 

Let’s connect today. 


KM Counselling

Life Transition Counselling
Video & Phone Options

8 Varsity Estates Circle NW
Calgary, AB

587-324-2398
Let's Connect

Free 15-min phone consultations