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Navigating Changes: Stressful Life Events (SLE) & Mental Health

Changes ahead


Leaving home for the first time, moving to a new city, changing schools, starting a new
job, leaving or beginning a relationship, getting married, becoming a parent: These are all
examples of transitional periods in life that can be a mix of exciting and stressful-no
matter your circumstances. Mental Health Clinicians often categorize these milestones as
stressful life events or SLEs and they can play a significant role in our well-being.


Change is scary. Navigating change can make us reflect upon what we may be gaining, as
well as what we may be leaving behind. Being surrounded by new tasks, environments
and people can place us in a vulnerable mindset that makes us susceptible to stress. You
may be surprised by how unsettled you may feel when seemingly good things are
happening-such as moving or getting married!- and that can make it even harder to
recognize that you need support during an SLE.


When an SLE impacts our ability to enjoy ourselves completely, then counseling may
provide an understandable outlet for self-exploration.

Good things can cause stress, and that’s okay! Therapy can help as you begin a new
chapter. A safe place where you don’t feel overwhelmed can allow you to identify your
concerns, so you can get back to being in the moment.

Click below to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how therapy can help.

Siena Vaccara, LMHC Siena Vaccara received her master’s in Mental Health & Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. Siena believes in encouraging personal growth through education, cultural awareness, and building trusting relationships. She utilizes Feminist and Narrative treatment plans, as well as Cognitive Behavioral and Person-Centered techniques in session to incorporate an integrative psychotherapy approach that honors the unique needs of individuals. She understands the importance of the collaborative therapeutic space being non-judgemental, unbiased, open-minded, and strength-driven. Siena treats individuals with concerns ranging from personal transitions to family planning, identity, mood fluctuations, and stressful life events.

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