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Resolving Adjustment and Transitional Issues


Resolving Adjustment and Transitional Issues

Everyone has gone through big life changes. They can be predictable, such as marriage or relocating to a new place, or unpredictable, such as the illness, injury, or death of a loved one. When a major change happens, transition naturally follows, requiring you to move on and begin something new.

An important life transition closes a chapter in life and opens a new one. It can mean longing for how things were before the change happened, or embarking on new opportunities. It is often difficult, and may be accompanied by intense feelings of fear, doubt, uncertainty, and resistance. Small changes are easily overcome, but the larger ones may challenge you.

Experiencing Life Changes

Transitions in life are passages to a new beginning or perspective. In every transition, there is the need to let go of an old belief or practice and replace it with something new. Entering into a new world can be anxiety-provoking because it tests your competence to adjust. This period is marked by discomfort and disconnection from the environment and even from yourself.

It’s natural to feel anxious when entering the unknown or unfamiliar, but if you’re trapped in this phase, the overwhelming feelings may send you spinning down into emotional turmoil. Some changes, such as a breakup or death of a loved one, involve loss and grief. The anxiety and trauma of this time may lead to drug or alcohol use as a way of numbing the crushing feelings. Whatever the cause, a transition is always an excellent opportunity to seek counseling to help you take stock of your life and enter a new chapter with less pain and resistance.

Taking on the Challenge of Handling Life Transitions

Transitions are difficult because there is always the conscious or unconscious tendency to avoid change. The basic human self-preservation instinct is to resist anything new or unfamiliar. Even positive changes like a job promotion, pregnancy, or winning the lottery can cause stress. Simply put, what is unknown can make you uncomfortable.

For example, if you’ve reached retirement age, it is ideal to spend your time relaxing and enjoying the fruits of your long years of toil. Retirement, however, may challenge your long held practices and beliefs. Now that you’re retired, you may feel completely lost without a daily work routine to follow. The transition may disrupt your self-confidence and, as a result, you may experience low self-esteem and identity issues. When not resolved, these can lead to depression and physical illness.

If you just became new parents, you’ve been in a transitional period ever since the baby was conceived. You’re not just a couple anymore, but parents with expectations to meet. This can create emotional distress for one or both parents as you try to make both your marriage and parenthood work. If you’re successful, it becomes an important milestone in your life; if you resist, the marriage may suffer, and the help of a counselor may be required.

If you’re a parent who raised children who are now leaving to make their own lives, you may experience a common transition called empty nest syndrome. Seeing the young ones move out of the family home after taking care of them for many years may make you feel disconnected. This transition offers many opportunities for parents like you, but it can also be difficult to form a new identity at this point in your life. If you’re depressed and withdrawn, it’s time to seek professional intervention.

Accepting Change without Resistance

Life may not always be fair, but sometimes, unexpected good comes out of an overwhelming experience that brings a major life change. Change cannot be avoided as life goes on. Transitions are probably the most difficult episodes in anybody’s life, but ignoring or resisting them can only prolong the difficulties and make life more painful to endure. When you’re unable to pass through a transition and it’s having an emotional or physical impact in many aspects of your life, it’s time to get outside help.

Whether it is a positive or negative change, you need a listening ear, a supportive hand, and a safe environment to help you accept it and move on to enjoy your life. At Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC, independently contracted therapists who specialize in transitions counseling are waiting to offer all of these as they work with you. You’ll be matched with the right counselor who can help identify and resolve the adjustment issues that prevent you from moving forward. Call now to request an appointment.


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Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists that provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with friendly, caring therapists who assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, it will always been a pleasure to work with you. CCS and the independently contracted therapists are able and happy to assist active duty dependents and retired military and their families.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(919) 762-3185

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  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Diane M. McKnight, MA, MSW, LMSW, LCSW, ATR

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples, Trauma/PTSD, Adult Survivors of Abuse, Grief and Loss, LGBTQ Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Couples/Relationship Issues, Marriage Therapy, Major Life Transitions/Adjustments, Spirituality Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Shanna N. Reyes, MS, LPC, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families, Immigrants/Refugees/Disaster Survivors, PTSD, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem issues, Coping skills, Behavioral Modification, Parenting interventions, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment issues, Bipolar and other Mood Disorders, LGBTQIA, Substance abuse, EMDR
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC