Life Development® is our unique way of helping you successfully transition from therapy to living, working and playing in the “real world”.
Life Development is not a system. It’s not a process. It’s not a program. We simply help you create new behaviors that eventually become habit. We provide advice, moral support and guidance. We live alongside you (outside of therapy) to help you develop routines and patterns that create a positive, fulfilling lifestyle.
Why Life Development?
Sometimes we struggle to move forward. It’s not always because we aren’t motivated or don’t care. Very often it’s because we need someone who can start the conversation, plant the thought and ignite the desire for a different life.
Life Development provides you with a relationship that models healthy behavior, encourages change and provides the hope that depression, anxiety or substance abuse can be overcome – that life can be very different.
How does Life Development work?
- We provide a healthy perspective. We analyze your situation and offer new ideas you couldn’t have generated on your own.
- We help you begin your treatment plan. We practice new skills and reinforce principles, behaviors and expectations with our clients.
- We break down real and perceived barriers. In turn, we model healthy behaviors and boundaries to remind you what social norms are and remind you that you belong in society.
- We offer challenges. By mirroring your potential, we are able to stretch you beyond what you think you are capable of.
- We are aware. We know how to apply and release pressure, speak the truth and remain mindful to timing and intensity.
- We offer encouragement in everything. Our philosophy is to instill hope and acknowledge even the smallest progress.
- One of our most important attributes is that we carry hope and belief when you don’t have it for yourself.
Young adults between the age of 18 and 28 sometimes struggle and feel stuck in the transition from adolescence to young adult. We do a lot of work with these individuals and their families and we commonly hear both the young adult and parents share that they feel that their child is “in between” trying to grow beyond the struggles of adolescence and beginning to feel independent and responsible for themselves. However, they still feel very closely dependent upon, connected to and relying on parents for financial and emotional support.
For many, what was planned to be a couple of months transition has turned into years as the young adult struggles to transition out of the home and into a life of their own.
Many of the challenges that these young adults wrestle with are normal and appropriate in the transition from youth to young adult, however, for a number of these individuals, that transition gets disrupted and they find themselves on a very different path. Many times, they wrestle with career choices, life purpose and the anxiety and worry of stepping out into the world on their own.
One of the challenges facing the young adult and the parents is the ability to strike the right balance between the individual pushing for independence and parents providing the right amount of support.
One of the challenges to navigate is that while the young adult is struggling with those issues, parents are also forced to communicate their own thoughts and feelings about their child’s struggle and come to an agreement about how to step in and help their child move forward. It’s often difficult for parents to end up on the same page and then step in with their young adult to consistently encourage and provide the appropriate amount of support for them to move through this transition. Sometimes we need other people to help us begin that process or to maintain the progress we have been able to achieve.