Managing transitions with therapy
Transitional periods, such as starting a new job, moving home, beginning/ending relationships can be challenging and at times stressful. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) are effective psychological approaches for helping with these transitional periods.
Strategies used in treatment
In treatment individuals are taught to manage transitional periods by:
- Challenging unhelpful thoughts: In CBT, individuals work to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts that may be causing stress or anxiety during transitional periods. For example, an individual might notice that they are catastrophising about the future or assuming the worst-case scenario. By challenging these thoughts, they can gain a more balanced perspective and in turn also reduce stress and anxiety.
- Building coping skills: Treatment helps individuals in building coping skills to manage stress, low mood, and anxiety during transitional periods. This might include developing relaxation techniques, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in regular exercise. Individuals may also be introduced to Behavioural Activation
- Practicing self-compassion: In CFT, individuals are taught to practice self-compassion to help healthy emotional regulation regarding uncertainty of transitional periods. This involves treating oneself with empathy and understanding, rather than harsh self-criticism which creates a threat cycle. In treatment individuals work towards developing a self-soothing kit alongside other resources to help manage challenging times.
- Focus on values: In treatment individuals focus on identifying and living in alignment with specific values that are meaningful and important to them. This can help you stay connected to your sense of purpose and meaning, even when other aspects of your life are in flux, acting
Psychotherapy offers effective approaches for helping an individual to navigate transitional periods with greater ease and resilience. By challenging unhelpful thoughts, building coping skills, practicing self-compassion, setting realistic expectations, and focusing on ones values, they can successfully navigate these periods of change and in addition promote personal growth
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