When facing a major life change, like a breakup, a move, a new job or the loss of a loved one, it is normal to feel a little off balance. But if you find yourself still feeling down after a couple of months and unable to find ways to cope you may have developed an adjustment disorder. Sometimes called "situational depression” an individual with an adjustment disorder often has many of the symptoms common to depression, such as worry, crying, sadness, feeling hopeless and overwhelmed, anxiety, fatigue, or insomnia. Adjustment disorders are very common and can affect anyone at any age. Unlike depression, an adjustment disorder is generally temporary and typically goes away once the individual is able to find ways to manage the situation. Consequently, treatment from a mental health professional for adjustment disorders is usually only needed for a short period of time.
Local Experts in Adjustment Disorder
Life is all about change, and if that change is not desired or intended it can be very challenging. Overcoming and adjusting to life's changes is central to my practice.
Any change or shift in life can be disorienting, even if it's something good like a new home or new job. Sometimes it's a sudden change that wasn't your choice, like a breakup. In some senses, you've lost a part of your identity. I can help you reshape and redefine your identity, and embrace your present while continuing to honor your past.
I specialize in assisting my clients with transitions and changes in their life. At times these changes may cause a lot of stress, sadness, and/or anxiety. I offer support, problem-solving techniques, and tools to ease people as they maneuver through these life adjustments.
I have worked with many individuals who have been diagnosed with adjustment disorder. Many have been incarcerated for multiple years, divorce, adoption, marriage, loss of employment and grief. Many changes can cause us to become unbalanced in our lives which causes challenges mentally and physically. I want to remind you that you do not have to go through this journey alone.
I have treated individuals, couples, and families undergoing various types of adjustments and challenges for over 25 years.
Adjustment issues that I typically treat in my practice are adjusting to life after a break up or divorce, adjusting to your new environment after college and adjusting to moving to a new city and settling in after a big move. Many of my clients are new transplants here to Portland and are in need of some support while they settle into town.
I help people with a variety of life transitions. If you have recently experienced a change in relationship, work, or family status, you might be feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious. Therapy can help you make sense of the changes in your life and can also help you make positive choices when embarking on a new path.
Life transitions provide the opportunity to question who we think we are and challenge long-standing beliefs and assumptions. I specialize in working with clients going through transitions such as relocation, job shifts, pregnancy, post-partum, perimenopause and menopause, relationship shifts including marriage and divorce.
I have worked with children and families for over three decades who have been in major life transitions due to divorce, illness, or loss of a loved one. During times of personal crisis, it is common for children and families to lose a sense of self. Depression and anxiety may also occur during these time of uncertainty.
What is adjustment disorder? It is a difficult period of transition that can occur at many different junctures in life and affect our well being and relationships. Making meaning of transitions is crucial to growth, and something that counseling can be immensely helpful with.
I have worked with many teenagers and young adults who struggle with major life transitions. Honoring the intensity of these experiences and helping clients successfully move forward has been a cornerstone of my work in community mental health.
This is a great catch-all 'diagnosis' because aren't we all adjusting to something all the time? Nonetheless, I do specialize in adjusting to difficult life transitions, whether they be a recent move, a break-up, a new job or anything else that can be stressful.
Sometimes painful events such as death, divorce, losing a job, or moving, to name just a few, can leave a person feeling depressed, unmotivated, and not knowing how to \'get over it\' or move forward. Therapy helps individuals to process their experience, understand how it affected them, and identify options moving forward.
So often in life we are faced with extreme difficulty - whether relationships, illness, loss or abrupt changes/traumas. For over 10 years I did hospice work, helping loved ones and patients in deep grief. I can help you cultivate your own inner resources through psychotherapy, mindfulness and self-compassion.
Change is hard. We welcome changes like a new baby, a new home, a promotion or a new job. These are all good things, but even positive change has inherent loss, something is left behind. This can be confusing. Experiencing unwanted or unexpected change or loss can be overwhelming. Counseling can help you navigate through the process of adjustment.
Sometimes it is challenging to adjust to difficult life events, and therapy can help you get past the difficult changes.
\'Adjustment Disorder\' is a clinical term that describes when an individual becomes challenged and overwhelmed by life transitions. Using an integral approach to therapy helps individuals understand these challenges in the larger context of their overall development, and sees these unavoidable adjustments to life as opportunities for growth and self-reflection.
Often life transitions happen that can throw you for a loop. Parenting children, a divorce, or an empty nest. Having someone to talk to and guide you through this time for guidance and perspective is an area where I can help. Sometimes the most courageous thing to do and the most beneficial for those around you is to seek support.
I have worked with children and families for 4 years supporting them through various changes in life. I am currently focusing on new parents, couples tune ups, and menopause.
We are evolved as a species to fear the unknown and our brain helps us feel safe by developing short cuts based on repetition and assimilation. The problem is that our modern lives are in constant states of flux and change. Whether entering a new era of life, moving to a new place, growing into family life or healing from a loss, navigating change alone can be challenging. I\'d like to help!
As we move through life we are constantly adjusting to something - a new job, a new family, a new diagnosis, moving into a new stage of life, learning a new skill. Adjusting to something new can be difficult. We may feel anxious, sad, among other feeling that can surface. If the emotions that surface become too distressing it might be time to seek help.
Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition that often crops up when individuals go through difficult periods of their life. Symptoms often appear three months after the event and rarely last longer than six months. I will work with you to develop a deeper understanding of how responses to stress can lead to adjustment disorder. \n
Sometimes life throws something at you - a career change, a move, the loss of a relationship - and it leaves you feeling upset, anxious or doing things you typically might not do. If you're having a hard time getting back to normal, I can help. We'll take time to explore the event, it's impact on your life, your emotions, and make a plan to get you back to whatever your normal may be.
supporting those rebuilding a life worth living as they adjust to a chronic diagnosis. work includes acceptance, grief, behavioral changes to support wellness, uncovering changes in our basic needs and getting those needs met in new ways within self and in our family systems. example diagnosis includes heart conditions,diabetes, lupus, fibromyalgia, bipolar, adult adhd...
One of the most common reasons as an entry into therapy. Very familiar with adjustment disorders, difficult transitions, and people needing extra support and guidance when feeling stuck.
Most people present with a life issue such as career, health or divorce. This issue must be addressed respectfully starting with the clients' concerns. If longer-standing personality, mood or other serious issues are complicating resolution and well-being, trust has been established to address those.
Life Transitions occur more often than is brought to our awareness. It is until we slow down, we can then see, feel, and acknowledge what is going on around and within us. Therapy can help make sense of all of this and help you through the life adjustments.
Adjustment Disorder is an experience that many people have. It is often what brings someone back into therapy or causes someone to seek therapy for the first time. Many of the clients I have been working with over the years begin therapy when their life is thrown off by a major life event. Much of the work I have done has involved processing and adjusting to significant life changes.
Specializing in life transitions, I work with clients who are facing the sometimes harrowing transitions that we encounter as humans: changing or ending relationships, learning to relate with our families healthily, partnering with significant others, parenting, occupational change, aging and grief and loss.
The goal when treating this disorder is symptom relief and behavior change. The hope is to identify what is causing the distressing behavior and emotions and address them effectively.
Whether it be from changes we choose ourselves or those that are dictated by life, adjusting to new circumstances can be emotionally taxing. My task in therapy is to help you regain your bearing and find new energy and bring fresh attention to the way your life is evolving.
For many of us change can be difficult and stressful, particularly when one's expectation is that things should stay the same. Sometimes this sense of stress can be temporary. For others, particularly those who endured a series of changes, this experience can lead to sadness, irritability, and anxiety. I am skilled at helping individuals to reclaim their bearings, recover, and even flourish
Children and teens sometimes struggle to successfully negotiate life's ups and down -- adjustment to transitions, losses and stressors bring them into counseling to learn more adaptive ways of relating and managing.
For over 20+ years, I've assessed, evaluated and successfully treated a wide range of adjustment disorders and issues. All work is collaboratively based. We look at the impact upon or exacerbation of depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment and behavioral limits or problems, and as applied to both relatively short-term as well as persistent disorders.
Since 2010, I have incorporated yoga poses and sequences with children and teens to help release emotional capacity, increase self-regulation and develop self-calming skills. Additionally, I use pediatric clinical hypnosis to anchor feelings, create positive expectations, address fears, encourage self-confidence and develop good habits.
Life throws many curveballs at us. I will assist you in building and re-building your identity as you adjust to the unexpected turns your life takes.
Phase of life and life transitions.
Whether you are in between jobs or just got a divorce or struggle with being an empty nester, it can at times be very difficult to find your footing when in transition. It can be very helpful to work with a professional in times when the old identity is gone and the new has not yet been anchored in your life.
Throughout life everyone experiences events that cause stress, anxiety, and seem to alter their daily routine from time to time. These may be small or they may be major life changes. I have worked with clients on many of these life challenges.
Junctures in life can affect our mood, our beliefs, and even our core identity. Events like moving to a new town, a break up, the onset of a disability, or a change in job can spin us out. However, these junctures can lead to growth and greater life satisfaction. Working towards this goal involves tolerating discomfort, building self-determination, and finding the meaning in our struggle.
Change is inevitable, but transitions can shake up our emotions, thoughts, and sense of self. It's very common for people to have intense reactions to new or different life circumstances. Together, we can find ways to help ease the discomfort of a new situation and begin to feel positive about going through changes.
Any difficulty with change in relationships, profession, health, or other adjustment can leave us feeling unprepared or disoriented. In counseling I offer resources that improve your ability to adapt to change, resulting in enough balance to get your life back on track. I listen to your experience and together we practice preparing a foundation for making sustainable adjustments throughout life.