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How does therapy work?

Hey Gen X - here's why you might feel hesitant about therapy:

“Gen Xers’ mental and emotional needs were often deferred in childhood, then deprioritized in adulthood. Many were kids at a time when adults and parents were the top focus of families. Once Gen Xers became parents themselves, culture shifted to focus on children instead.

For Gen X, discussions about mental health were often reserved for people who’d undergone what psychologists today call big “T” traumas—extreme experiences most people already view as traumatic, like serving in a war or surviving an assault. Seeing a therapist for little “t” traumas like divorce, job transitions, or bullying may not have occurred to Gen Xers."

therapist.com. (2023). Gen X and mental health. therapist.com. https://therapist.com/generations/gen-x/

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How do I know if I "need" therapy?

You don't need a "reason" to seek therapy, it might just be a vague feeling that something in your life isn't working. That alone is something that can be explored.

Here's list of some reasons that women might come to therapy:​

  • ALLLL the changes that accompany perimenopause and menopause

  • Continuing impacts of motherhood

  • Reckoning with the finality of being childless by choice or circumstance

  • Aging parents

  • Personal relationship changes

  • Career pivots

  • Physical/health changes and challenges in self and/or partner

  • Perception of self/feelings about aging

  • Society’s perception of women in midlife

  • Sandwich generation – juggling multiple roles

  • Impact of social issues including reproductive rights, racial inequality, gender issues, etc. 

  • General life overwhelm

As we explore those issues, we may discover underlying themes of anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD, and/or grief that can be addressed and supported. 

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