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Life Transitions Therapy

Changes you choose and the ones you don’t can cause added stress to your life. You do not have to go through it alone.

Open Door Therapist Counselling and Psychotherapy for Life Transitions in Ontario

Why is change so hard?

Humans are creatures of routine and habit due to the safety we feel in its structure, predictability, and stability


Change, although an inevitable part of life, can often catch us off guard, trigger anxiety about the unknown, and cause feelings of uncertainty, instability, loss of control, and overwhelm.

Some life transitions
you may be experiencing are:

Relationship Changes

The loss or break in a relationship can result in tremendous distress and sadness. Whether you are starting or ending a romantic relationship, getting married, or going through a divorce or separation, the transition and decisions involved are often emotionally exhausting.

Loss of a Loved One

The death of a family member, friend, or pet can lead to profound grief and emotional upheaval. The process of mourning and adjusting to life without that person or animal can be extremely stressful, isolating, and trigger past emotional wounds.


Moving, even if it is to a nearby place or neighbourhood, can be a major source of stress. As you adjust to new surroundings, find new social connections, and adapt to a new environment, you may feel mentally, emotionally, and physically drained from having to learn, adjust, and reframe your perspective.

Career Changes

Changing jobs, starting a new career, or facing unemployment can be stressful due to the uncertainty of the new work environment, potential financial implications, and the need to adapt and learn new skills. 


Health Issues

Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic illness or facing a health condition can be a significant source of stress. Coping with treatment, lifestyle changes, and uncertainties about the future can be overwhelming while managing feelings of helplessness, guilt, anger, and fear.

Caring for Aging Parents

Becoming the primary caregiver for aging parents or other family members can be stressful, tiring, and taxing on all aspects of your life. Balancing your own life and responsibilities while meeting the needs of the person being cared for can feel not only challenging but overwhelming.


Becoming a parent or caregiver brings a host of new responsibilities, challenges, and changes to your life. Sleep deprivation, adjustments to daily routines, and the emotional demands of caring for a child can be stressful and impact your social and emotional wellbeing.

Academic Transitions

Moving from one educational level to another or pursuing advanced degrees can bring academic pressures, new responsibilities, and adjustments to a different learning environment.

Empty Nest

When children leave home to pursue education or independent living, parents may experience feelings of loss, loneliness, and a sense of purposelessness, leading to stress.

Cultural or Identity Changes

Immigrants or individuals who experience shifts in cultural identity may struggle with adapting to a new culture, language, and social norms, leading to feelings of isolation and stress.


Transitioning from a full-time career to retirement can be challenging, as it involves adjusting to a new daily routine, potential changes in social interactions, and finding new ways to stay engaged and fulfilled.

Therapy can be highly beneficial for individuals going through life transitions.

"We don't have to do all of it alone.
We were never meant to."

Brené Brown

Therapy can help you in more ways than one:

Emotional Support

Transitions often bring about a mix of emotions, including anxiety, stress, sadness, and uncertainty. We provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can express these emotions, and offer the support you need to you process and understand what you're feeling.

Coping Strategies

Our therapists can help you develop healthy coping strategies to manage the stress and anxiety associated with life changes. These strategies might include relaxation and mindfulness techniques, deep breathing exercises, or cognitive reframing.

Problem Solving

During transitions, you may face new challenges and uncertainties. We can assist you in identifying and evaluating potential solutions to these challenges, helping you make informed decisions and take effective actions.

Adjustment and Adaptation

A significant aspect of life transitions is adapting to new circumstances. Our therapists are here to guide you through this adjustment process by helping you build resilience, improve flexibility, and develop a positive mindset towards change.

Gaining Perspective

Transitions often prompt reflection on one's identity, values, and goals. Therapy can help you gain insight into these aspects of yourself, promoting personal growth and a deeper understanding of who you are and what you want.

Building Self-Esteem

Life transitions can impact our self-esteem and self-confidence. Working with our therapists can help you rebuild and strengthen your self-worth, helping you navigate new situations with greater self-assuredness and reconnect to yourself.

Communication Skills

Major life changes often cause changes in relationships as well. Therapy can help you build and improve your assertive communication skills, enabling you to express your needs, boundaries, and emotions effectively during these times of change.

Managing Loss and Grief

We can provide support and guidance in processing grief and navigating the complexities of mourning. You don’t have to suffer alone; we understand and offer the space for you to feel however you need.

Future Planning

We are here to help you create a plan for the future by setting goals and identifying steps to achieve them. This can help you navigate your transition with purpose and direction.

Get the support you need

Transitions, new phases and stages of life can be overwhelming and stressful.

Learning ways to cope and finding opportunities to grow personally during changes can make you feel more confident, supported, and better prepared to deal with the outcomes.

Therapy can help you reframe your thoughts, feel better in the present, and find hope for the future.

Life Transitions Therapy Ontario

Therapists at Open Door Therapist
who are here to support you through
life transitions and change:

Nadia Henriksen Psychotherapist

Nadia Henriksen

Clinic Director & Owner

Registered Psychotherapist

Stacey Sandrin Psychotherapist

Stacey Sandrin

Registered Psychotherapist


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