Adjustment Disorder

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

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.

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.

I have treated individuals, couples, and families undergoing various types of adjustments and challenges for over 25 years.

Support regarding transitions/adjustment.

I have both the training and clinical experience to treat issues related to adjustment, including life transitions, crises, grief/loss, and post-traumatic stress.

If you have adjustment disorder, you might be experiencing a combination of distressing emotions and behaviors that arose following a recent traumatic or life-changing experience, which have led to difficulties in work, school, and/or relationships. I help by increasing awareness of how you are already coping with what happened and increasing your skill set in coping better with the aftermath.

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.

Life can be unpredictable and stressful at times. Our therapists can help clients navigate through these turbulent phases, and get to a place of increased resiliency and inner strength.

Your life is changing or maybe it already has. That is a fact. I am here to support you on the journey towards creating a life that is peaceful, inspired and most importantly, YOURS.\n

Are you recently divorced or going through a breakup? Have you recently started a new job and are having difficulty adjusting to your new situation? If so, I specialize in working with clients who are having difficulty adjusting to a situation in thier life.

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...

Life transitions and change, whether chosen or otherwise, can bring feelings of anxiety, depression, and feeling 'stuck'. I'm here to support you as we explore potentially difficult choices and actions to find confident ways of being authentic and true to yourself.

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.

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.

12 years experience working with many adjustment issues and trainings.

Many times we face situations that throw us off our rhythm and we just need a safe place to process these with an objective reflecting voice. I have years of experience working alongside individuals experiencing overwhelming feelings of grief, depression, anxiety and relationship issues.

Life takes many twists and turns. Changes can be unexpected, planned, natural, feared, or welcomed. Sometimes the emotional stress can feel like too much. Change is inevitability; letting it control our emotions is not. There is always the opportunity to transform and promote growth and wellness. I look forward to the chance to help you transform and grow.

Life transitions

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.

Despite our desire to remain steadfast, we cannot insulate from life's impact. We have all held visions of how things were supposed to be. Yet inevitably, life does not comply with our expectations. This human journey demands a digestion process which requires deep courage, sensitivity, perseverance, resilience, love and wholeheartedness. And we cannot do this alone.

Sometimes it is challenging to adjust to difficult life events, and therapy can help you get past the difficult changes.

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.

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.

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.

So often when we are going through a transition in life, we hit some bumps along the way. It is normal, and I hope to help smooth the way to a new place in your life.

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.

Phase of life and life transitions.

Life is full of both expected and unexpected transitions, and change can be challenging, exciting, puzzling, and/or scary. My goal is to assist clients in exploring situations that are causing discomfort and adjustment and process the experience(s) to find comfort, relief, and/or contentment in moving forward.

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.

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.

Sometimes we have trouble adjusting to the changes that life brings. I’m here to help you sort through your experience of this.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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 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.

I spent the last 17 years at the Urgent Walk-in Clinic. While Adjustment Disorder has a specific clinical meaning, I would propose that most of the client's I saw during that time would fit the common understanding of that category: having difficulty adjusting to some aspect of their lives. Entheogens help get one out of thinking and feeling traps.

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.

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.

It is extremely common to struggle in adapting to major life changes. I have supported people of all ages and stages to find their way through life\'s transitions.

CACREP accredited program and institution delved into this education.

Change can be unsettling. Life transitions whether personal, relational, medical, academic, or professional can evoke anxiety, depression or decrease in functioning. Maps that served one context may be in need of revision to navigate the next phase.

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