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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

Just as the seasons emerge and retreat, life transitions demand our response for a call to a new identity. It is rarely easy, as the in-between, liminal space of neither-here-nor-there, can leave us feeling disoriented, confused, and anxious. This is normal, and extraordinarily difficult. I can assist with these necessary evolutions, and ease unnecessary suffering.

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.

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

12 years experience working with many adjustment issues and trainings.

adjustment disorder

Years of working with clients in transition, especially in working with college students and survivors of domestic violence.

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.

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.

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 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.

This is the basis of therapy. We all at sometime have to adjust to things that are challenging for us. I specialize in being able to help one work through these challenges and come through them all while being able to have insight and skills to overcome the challenge, heal from it and grow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Phase of life and life transitions.

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 love this diagnostic \'label.\' It\'s a generic, clinical way of saying \'the only constant is change.\' Being an adult is stressful. It\'s easy to lose sight of what matters most. Think of feelings of confusion, restlessness and overwhelm - to name a few - as indicators of where to put your attention.

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.

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

Sometimes stressful life events, including major life transitions can leave us anxious, depressed and at a loss for how to proceed. They can impact our work, social and academic functioning to a greater degree than expected. Counseling can help us to work through our loss, regain our emotional equilibrium, and to open ourselves to new possibilities. I can help you navigate change.

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.

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

CACREP accredited program and institution delved into this education.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Along our journey through life, we often experience a stressor or series of stressors that may be understandably overwhelming. In sessions, individuals unpack these experiences, identify and process the affects they\'ve had and build tools to help them manage both the emotional and logistical consequences of these stressors.

Life transitions

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.

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.

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.

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