We’ve all heard the term Empty Nest, but few people are willing to talk about what’s it’s like openly. Really, this term says it all…when our child leaves home for the first time we feel empty inside.
If you’re a parent that has recently experienced the “empty nest,” you may be having sleepless nights worrying about your child who’s away at college or maybe you’re more focused on yourself and confused about what to do with your life since you devoted so much time to raising your child that’s no longer around.
It is very normal to feel out of sorts and experiencing unease at this time of your life. It is common to feel lost and unsure about the future. You are in a major transition right now, and it is often hard to figure out on your own how to navigate this.
When you’re at your wit’s end, many people benefit from working with a trained therapist who has a background in this type of transition.
I have a passion for helping people redefine themselves at this time in their life. Although it can be scary and seem overwhelming, it can also be an incredibly exciting time. I have seen people move from feeling uncertain and confused, to feeling more confident and assured with their future direction.
In our work together, you will have an opportunity to explore your feelings in a nonjudgmental accepting atmosphere. I also will help you move forward by showing you a roadmap for this next phase of your life.
Here’s a list potential topics we may cover:
- The current state of your relationships. Some key relationships may undergo significant change at this time in your life. For example, you and your spouse may need to learn how to reconnect after so many years focusing on your children. Maybe there is a realization that you have drifted apart and are struggling to come back together.
- How to step into a new type of connection with your child who is now a young adult. Parenting a young adult is different than parenting a teenager and it’s important to know those differences.
- Taking care of yourself physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Each person is different. I will take you through an inventory of how you see yourself in these areas and address your desires for growth.
- Occupying your free time. Now that your children have moved out, your days are not as busy as they once were. It is often a very uncomfortable feeling to have unoccupied time.
Friendships. We will discuss ways to allow your friendships to fill the void that you’re experiencing since your child has left.
- Would you like to get back into the workforce? This idea can be overwhelming. I will take you through a process of identifying truly meaningful work, and help you create a plan that will launch you into your next position.
- Creating new meaning in your life. We will explore where new meaning is in your life and how to stay connected to it.
You have worked hard your whole life to raise your children, and you deserve to feel a sense of peace and contentment. Give yourself the time to take care of yourself and start on the road to discovering what is next in your life!