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THERAPY for midlife crisis
IN NEW YORK CITY
Midlife is an opportunity to create something new
we specialize in therapy for midlife issues
what is a midlife crisis?
The pervasive belief that happiness declines as we age can spark a midlife crisis
Aging is a process that can feel uncomfortable and vulnerable for some individuals and cause feelings of depression, anxiety, and sadness as they struggle to cope with this new identity. Midlife is a period of transition, yet not everyone experiences a midlife crisis. This challenging period is marked by conflict between one’s perceived self and the desire to become an idealized self, which can leave us searching for purpose in life.
As you age into midlife, you may experience feelings of nostalgia about the past and what could have been. Some people experience feelings of emptiness or feel that life is no longer fulfilling and satisfying. Oftentimes, people who experience a midlife crisis may make rushed, impulsive decisions that may damage their relationships in an attempt to quickly escape negative and intense feelings. Individuals may also make dramatic changes in their appearance and behavior which may seem uncharacteristic to those who know them well.
What you may be experiencing
- Feeling unfulfilled in life
- Feelings of boredom, emptiness or meaninglessness
- Feeling an overwhelming sense of loss
- Impulsive decisions
- Dramatic changes in behavior or appearance
- Intense focus on or neglecting outward appearance and personal hygiene
- Intense feelings of nostalgia, frequent reminiscence about the past
- Changes in mood such as anger, anxiety, irritability or sadness
- Withdrawal or isolating from social activities, work responsibilities, or relationships
- Dramatic changes in sleep habits
- Weight loss or gain
- Thinking your best years are behind you
- Feeling hopeless about the future
THERAPISTS WHO CAN HELP
NYC Therapists Who Specialize in Therapy for Midlife Crises
Connecting with the right therapist is the most important factor in your search. We’re here to help you find a great match.
How can therapy help?
Self-exploration in midlife can lead to positive changes
Midlife crises are typically portrayed as something negative and destructive. However midlife for many is in fact an opportunity to create something new and exciting, or to perhaps reinvent oneself. Turmoil in midlife may bring about positive changes that don’t necessitate professional intervention. You may start volunteering or become more spiritual and find that this brings you a sense of meaning and purpose.
For those who struggle, seeking therapy can be a productive outlet to work through negative feelings and cultivate new meaning in your life. There are many psychotherapeutic approaches to helping individuals who struggle in midlife, including:
Insight-Oriented Therapy (Psychodynamic)
Insight-oriented therapy is based on the belief that through increased consciousness we can create new life experiences. This therapeutic process involves the therapist and client exploring and gaining a better understanding of how feelings, beliefs, actions, and events from the past may be influencing our current mindset and circumstances. The goal of insight-oriented therapy is to empower you with a sense of clarity so that you have the freedom to make new, adaptive, and healthier choices that support your continuing growth.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This process is focused on addressing thought patterns, physical symptoms, and behaviors. Research shows that CBT is a very effective form of treating a variety of issues. Through compassionate and supportive care, we hope to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable in starting the process toward growth and reducing the feelings of depression and anxiety you may be feeling.
Through consistent practice, like meditation, we become more focused on the present and understand our experience in the here-and-now. Mindfulness teaches us to shift our attention away from negative thought patterns that lead to the unsatisfactory and problematic thoughts and behaviors and move toward positive and meaningful growth. Mindfulness can be used alone or combined with insight-oriented therapy and CBT.
Interested in therapy for midlife issues?
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