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Life Transition: Fear of Change

Aug 3, 2023 | 0 comments


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by: <a href="" target="_blank">Robert Engle, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Therapist</a>

by: Robert Engle, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Therapist

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Robert joined the practice full time in 2022 to help neurodivergent individuals with ADHD, anxiety, and depression find freedom and enjoy life through counseling. He is currently working towards becoming a Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP). Trained in EMDR therapy, he excels at understanding the intricacies of ADHD and Trauma.

Fear of Change: Key Take Away:

Although most of us realize that change is the only constant in our lives, we still struggle to cope. Many people actually develop intense fears related to change (also known as metathesiophobia), but the prospect of something new does not have to feel frightening. There are several ways to cope with and overcome a fear of change, including therapy, shifting your thinking, planning ahead, and seeking support.

Fear of change is a common and often debilitating condition that affects individuals of all ages and walks of life. This fear can prevent individuals from pursuing their goals and dreams, leaving them feeling stuck and unfulfilled. Understanding the causes of fear of change, seeking help, and finding ways to cope can help individuals overcome this condition and live a more fulfilling life.

Causes of Fear of Change

Fear of change is often rooted in a number of underlying causes, including:

  • Uncertainty: Fear of change can stem from a lack of control or uncertainty about the future. Individuals may worry about what will happen and feel overwhelmed by the thought of change.
  • Lack of confidence: Low self-esteem and confidence can lead individuals to believe that they are not capable of handling change. This can result in feelings of fear and anxiety.
  • Trauma: Past traumatic experiences, such as abuse, loss, or abandonment, can cause individuals to fear change and new experiences.
  • Conditioning: Social and cultural conditioning can also contribute to fear of change. Individuals may have learned to avoid change or be taught to resist change.
  • Perfectionism: Individuals who are perfectionists may fear making mistakes and may avoid change to prevent making mistakes.

Getting Help

Overcoming fear of change requires a multi-faceted approach that may include seeking help from friends, family, and professionals.

  • Talk to a trusted friend or family member: Talking to someone you trust can help you process your thoughts and feelings about change.
  • Seek professional help: A therapist or counselor can help individuals identify the root causes of their fear of change and provide guidance in overcoming it.
  • Support groups: Support groups can provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can share their experiences and find support from others.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that can help individuals overcome fear of change by identifying and changing negative thought patterns.

Ways to Cope

There are several strategies that individuals can use to help overcome their fear of change:

  • Reframe your thoughts: Change the way you think about change. Instead of seeing it as a negative, try to view change as an opportunity for growth and positive outcomes.
  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing, can help reduce anxiety and fear.
  • Embrace small changes: Start with small changes in your life, such as trying a new hobby or taking a new route to work. This can help you build confidence in your ability to handle change.
  • Focus on what you can control: Instead of worrying about things you can’t control, focus on what you can control, such as your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
  • Take action: Taking action towards your goals can help overcome fear of change and increase feelings of control.
  • Surround yourself with positive people: Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive people can help reduce feelings of fear and anxiety.
  • Celebrate your successes: Celebrating your successes can help boost confidence and reduce fear of change.

Fear of change is a common condition that can prevent individuals from reaching their full potential. Understanding the causes of fear of change, seeking help, and finding ways to cope can help individuals overcome this condition and live a more fulfilling life.

Whether it’s through therapy, support groups, or self-help strategies, there is help available for those who are struggling with fear of change. By taking small steps towards change and embracing the unknown, individuals can break free from their fears.

If you’re ready to overcome your fear of change and embrace a more fulfilling life, take the first step today. Reach out to Very Good Counseling and book a therapy session with our experienced professionals, who can provide the guidance and support you need.
Together, we can help you navigate the challenges of change and empower you to live a life free from the limitations of fear.

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Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and you don’t have to face your fears alone. Take this opportunity to break free from the grip of fear and open yourself up to the endless possibilities that change can bring. Contact us today to start your journey towards a more confident and fulfilling life.


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