THERAPY IN LATER LIFE

Later life can be full of both joy and sorrow. It is a time when we often find ourselves looking back and reflecting on the life we have lived. For some, this can be a particularly painful and frightening process that stirs up feelings of sadness, regret, shame, confusion or anger. Older adults are faced with a unique set of challenges. Among them are the loss of loved ones, changes to one’s body and mind, and societal discrimination and ageism.

 

THE LOSSES OF LATER LIFE

When Pain Isn't Just Physical

 

TRAUMATIC LOSS

Grieving the loss of those we hold dear to us can evoke feelings of loneliness and a sense that we’ve been left behind. In the absence of companionship, we can be left with intense longings for physical and emotional closeness. When one doesn’t have a space to process these painful emotions, traumatic loss can accumulate and become lodged in our minds and bodies. One can end up feeling disconnected, lost or stuck.

OUR WORK TOGETHER

Individual therapy creates a warm and accepting space for older adults to talk about the losses they’ve endured and the pain that their minds and bodies carry. Being in an environment where you feel seen, listened to, understood, and valued can foster feelings of safety and wellbeing. In our work together, you’ll be able to reflect on the life you’ve lived in order to consolidate the self you once were with the self you are now. This process can cultivate a deepened understanding of yourself, a sense of meaning in your lived experience, and an enhanced capacity for self-acceptance in your later years. Therapy in later life can ultimately help to restore your sense of connectedness and belonging so that you can become more resilient as you age.

 

Of Two Minds Psychotherapy

Katie Flach, MS, LMFT

415.841.3338

1190 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 130 
San Jose, CA 95128
(they/them)

The lost home that we are seeking is ourselves; it is the story we carry within our soul.
– Michael Meade