During this time of year, I often look back at times for changes occurring during individuals lives…teens head off to college, parents of those college bound teens become empty nesters, young parents send their young children off for the first time to pre school, or elementary school, holidays come with their own challenges with those who have moved to a new location away from family, those who have lost loved ones face anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays with uncertainty and sadness, and those who are divorced face finding new ways to create their new lives.
In my practice, I find during these times of change, individuals, couples, and families can have a sense of loss and confusion. The college student, new to a different learning experience, sees their life completely with awe, some fear of what is ahead, and so much excitement about their new phase of life. The parents, also often new to the changes they face, find themselves as a couple again, with focus on their life and not so much on that of their child. Those who move to a new location see their new home and work setting uncertain as new friends are created, old friends left behind, and family members often at a distance. Children headed back to school see their adventures exciting and with challenge, yet often children have difficulties making new friends, adjusting to a new school environment, having to leave their old school when changing from elementary to middle school or high school. Parents want to be great parents, yet often are challenged with faced with their child’s peer pressures, limited parenting skills, or issues of more permissive parents when they wish to be more connected in their families. Then those facing loss either through divorce or loss of a loved one see the upcoming months so challenging and uncertain as what was “the usual” is now so different.
If you or a family member are facing some challenging times, those of transition, you may wish to consider counseling either through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), or counseling or therapy. Sometimes, life coaching can help an individual learn to balance their lives and create a new one which is truly of their own design.
At KLF Counseling and Consulting, PA, I am devoted to helping people who face the transitions of life gain insight, develop new skills, learn about how they can create a life they wish, and provide support to those who have gone through loss either with job, health, divorce, or death of a loved one. The practice is accepting new clients, either for coaching or counseling, so contact the office to schedule your sessions. I accept most insurance plans, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Companion Benefits, CIGNA, United Behavioral, Magellan, GHI, Aetna, and many more. I also am on various EAP plans, such as UBH, Magellan, Aetna (Horizon), CIGNA, First Sun, Palmetto, and several more. With regards to life coaching with wellness, life design, stress management, and other areas for positive change, you can agree for sessions either in person or via telephone and/or virtual meetings scheduled for two to three months of weekly meetings to help you learn about what you wish to change in your life.
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Have a great Fall, 2012, looking at Transitions as one of positive change and looking forward to life in a new way each day! Kathy