Psychotherapists Norton MA

It's important to recognize that everything in life isn't permanent. Change is wiser than we are. Oftentimes the world we want to construct is really quite a small one. Change can break that way open and reveal possibilities we never could have thought of ourselves. Change is an ally, not an enemy. The stress comes when we try to hold on too tightly.

Taunton Attleboro Emergency Services
(508) 285-9400
108 W Main St
Norton, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Ronal Rosso
(781) 264-2136
45 Bristol Dr
S Easton, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Ma Dept of Mental Health Taunton/Attleboro Site Office
(508) 977-3000
60 Hodges Ave
Taunton, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Shashikala R Prabhu
(508) 838-2212
200 May St
South Attleboro, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Community Care Services Inc
(508) 226-8783
50 Walton St
Attleboro, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Peter A. Kinney
(508) 339-2400
Kinney Associates
Mansfield, MA
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Family Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Boston University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-26

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Community Counseling of Bristol County
(508) 828-9116
1 Washington St
Taunton, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Community Care Services
(508) 399-6064
543 Newport Ave
Attleboro, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Community Care Services
(508) 823-2736
272 Broadway
Taunton, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Todd H Carranza
(508) 838-2212
200 May St
South Attleboro, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Accepting Change

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By Judy Rooks

You have a unique view regarding change. How would you describe it?

First of all, it’s important to recognize that everything in life isn’t permanent. Change is wiser than we are. Oftentimes the world we want to construct is really quite a small one. Change can break that way open and reveal possibilities we never could have thought of ourselves. Change is an ally, not an enemy. The stress comes when we try to hold on too tightly.

How should we deal with change in order to grow?

First and foremost, it’s important for you to understand—and embrace—the fact that you’re an initiate in a great rite of passage that will lead to transformation. In those moments of immense change, you die to who you were, and you are not yet reborn to who you will be. You’ve embarked on a journey.

Could you identify the stages needed to move through this process?

There are three parts to moving from one stage of life to the next. First, you separate from the world you once knew. Whether you’re fired from a job or getting married or moving, you’re experiencing separation. Your old life is behind. Next, you enter the time between “no longer and not yet.” This is an uncomfortable, scary place, because you can’t control it. Try to view this as a sacred time of wandering. Our usual way of thinking is in the box. The “no longer and not yet” offers new inspiration, breakthroughs, and recognition of overlooked strengths. Finally, you adjust. You begin to form a new life, and you bring with you your own gifts and an expanded sense of who you are. You become more fully human.

Is this a lesson in optimism?

We can all learn to think optimistically. During unwanted change, we can hold onto the idea that difficult life circumstances are challenges that provide the framework for growth. Pessimists take things personally, think problems are pervasive, and believe their situation is permanent. Optimists see change as a challenge. They believe they have choices and can control the outcome of their lives, yet they don’t waste time or spin their wheels trying to control the uncontrollable. They’re dedicated and committed people. Change is a challenge and not a threat.

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