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1,488 people sought life transitions counseling help in Michigan in the last year

Discover how starting life transitions counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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5 therapists available at Portage
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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, LGBTQIA+, +19 more

As an identified woman of color, I understand that there are many challenges that people face. I will utilize any resources necessary to improve the m... As an identified woman of color, I understand that there are many challenges that people face. I will utilize any resources necessary to improve the mental health and quality of my clients' lives. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +21 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Anger, Behavioral Issues, +14 more

Who you are is beautifully and uniquely crafted by your experiences in life and I am here to help you discover ways to improve your quality of life an... Who you are is beautifully and uniquely crafted by your experiences in life and I am here to help you discover ways to improve your quality of life and relationships. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +13 more

As a counselor, I realize that people enter counseling with a myriad of troubles. I rely on multiple resources to assist my clients in unearthing thei... As a counselor, I realize that people enter counseling with a myriad of troubles. I rely on multiple resources to assist my clients in unearthing their best selves. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +12 more

As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, a... As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression and self-doubt. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +18 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, +10 more

Starting Life transitions counseling

What is life transition therapy?

At Thriveworks, Life transitions counseling is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on helping individuals navigate major life changes, adjustments, and transitions. The specific approach and techniques used in this type of therapy can vary depending on the individual's needs and the nature of the transition. Life transitions counseling is designed to provide support, coping strategies, and a safe space for individuals to explore and process their experiences.

How does life transition counseling work?

Life transitions counseling starts with an initial assessment where the therapist gathers information about your specific transition, emotional state, concerns, and goals. In this supportive and non-judgmental space, you can process the myriad of emotions that often accompany life transitions, including stress, anxiety, and grief. The counseling process also focuses on helping you to adapt to changing circumstances, set new goals, make informed decisions, maintain healthy relationships, explore evolving identities, and access ongoing support throughout the transition.

Why are life transitions so hard?

Life transitions are difficult because they alter our sense of what is “normal”, affecting our relationships, routines, work life, home environement, health, and much more.

How can I make my life transitions easier?

The best way to make your life transitions easier is to seek the assistance of a counselor who can offer you Life transitions counseling to help address and adapt to the changes you are experiencing.

Is life transition counseling conducted in person or online?

Life transitions counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does life transition counseling last?

The length of life transitions counseling can differ widely, depending on an individual's specific needs and the changes happening in their life. Typically, this counseling is short-term, spanning several sessions over a few weeks or months. The exact number of sessions and how long it takes are decided in consultation with the counselor, considering how the individual is progressing and what they want to achieve.

Need more help deciding?

As the old saying goes, “The only constant in life is change.” Knowing that’s true doesn’t necessarily make it easier to feel the truth of that statement. If you’re struggling to manage life transitions, whether they are part of the usual phases of life or something more unusual, reach out to a major life transition therapist at Thriveworks Portage. We’re here to help.

It seems there is a major life transition every decade or so—one year, you’re off to college, the next, you’re joining the workforce. One year you’re having a baby; just a few years later, they’re off to college, and your home is a very different place. Marriage, divorce, job changes, the growth of children, the death of a loved one—none of these changes are minor, but it can feel like your entire life is spent acclimating to a new reality, only to have that reality shift again as soon as you’re acclimated.

1. College

As a high school student, you’re often monitored rather heavily by others. Your parents may wake you up each morning; you may have a dress code; you likely have a tight schedule that’s somewhat ordered by the requirements of others.

College will be very different. You might be far from home, and you might be doing your own laundry for the first time in your life. While you’ll still have a schedule, it will be much more determined by your own interests. You’ll be able to create a class schedule full of passions you wish to pursue, but you’ll also have to get yourself out of bed and make decisions about when to go to sleep each night and what to eat to keep yourself healthy. Sometimes, you’ll have to decide which is more important—studying or hanging out with friends.

College is wonderful, but the difference in lifestyle from high school can be jarring.

2. Joining the Workforce

About the time you got used to college, you graduated. Now, you’ll have to find a place to live, set up utilities—and get a job.

Acquiring an 8-5 or other full-time position is a rite of passage—and an important one at that. But the shift to working five full days a week while still trying to maintain a healthy social life can be stressful. And that’s not taking into account the “little things” like paying bills.

Perhaps you grew up in a home focused on preparing you for the realities of the adult world, or perhaps not—either way, Thriveworks Portage Counseling is here to help you adjust to the change.

3. The Loss of a Loved One

After the loss of a friend, loved one, or even a pet, you may find you need a little help to move forward. Losing someone with whom you had a close relationship can leave you wondering how you’re supposed to live in a world without them in it. You may pick up the phone to call them, only to realize all over again that they’re gone–and no one can prepare you for that experience ahead of time.

If they were elderly and died peacefully, you may feel you shouldn’t have a right to the distress you’re experiencing–but that’s not true. While an unexpected loss is difficult in its own way, any loss is painful and potentially hard to recover from. Recovery doesn’t mean moving on as though the loved one never existed. It means learning to live without them in a healthy way–and sometimes that requires professional help.

4. Retirement

Retirement is something we dream about–at least culturally. It’s almost the opposite of starting a new job out of college. You’ve spent the last several decades working to progress a career. Your identity may be tied up in who you are professionally, and while you’re excited to gain the time freedom of retirement, you may struggle with what your day to day actually looks like, particularly if you haven’t been cultivating a hobby or close friendships over recent years.

If retirement is fast-approaching, or even if you’re months or years into this season of life, it’s never the wrong time to call. We can help you navigate a post-employment world.

Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Portage

If you’re going through a life transition and think you could use a little help making the adjustment, don’t hesitate to reach out. That’s what counseling is all about–helping people develop the strategies necessary to successfully handle a constantly changing world.

We can often see new patients within a day or two, and our approachable therapists are always ready to help.

 

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Portage therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Portage
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Thriveworks Portage reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Read more This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Portage Jun 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Read more Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Portage Feb 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Read more Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Portage Feb 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The best
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Read more The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Read more Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Read more Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Read more The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Portage Jun 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Portage is off of Milham Avenue and New Port Road. We are somewhat near a Chick-fil-A, and in the same shopping area as DICK’s, off of Gladys.

Phone number

(269) 264-4920

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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