Food for Thought: A Time for Change

By Camille Keith06 Camille Keith Nature Park

This time of year is about changes – the change from summer to fall, students and teachers going back to school. Some people find change exciting, but others find it challenging. Since change is something we all have to deal with it, how can you make the process easier?

Recognize that you will probably have some good feelings and some negative feelings about the changes in your life. This is normal. Be open to experiencing both the good and the bad, without trying to talk yourself out of your feelings.

As you allow in all of your emotions, try to be present with whatever you are experiencing today. Try to stay in the present, instead of dwelling on how things used to be or worrying about the future. Try to be open to new experiences. You may find yourself enjoying a new way of doing something once you get used to it.

If you feel like you could use some extra support adjusting to a recent change, you may want to consider counseling. Scheduling an appointment with a counselor means making time to process your feelings about the changes you are experiencing. During counseling sessions you may also practice mindfulness exercises and explore coping skills to help you deal with change.

Not sure if counseling is right for you? I offer free 30 minute consultations so we can discuss your goals and decide if we want to work together.

Camille Keith, MS, NCC is an LPC Intern supervised by Tara Sanderson, PsyD, MBA and provides counseling for caregivers and healers. For more information, call (971) 295-1547 or visit