07/30/2012 03:15 pm ET

Psychotherapy At Midlife Can Be Life-Affirming

Midway through our first therapy session a woman I'll call Julie laughed ruefully: “Five years ago if you’d have told me I’d be seeing a shrink I’d have said you were nuts!” The 55-year-old mother of two college-bound teens added, “I still don’t know why I’m here, but I do know there’s this gnawing feeling there should be something more.”

Julie is indicative of many of my patients who are facing life transitions – empty nest, career shifts, widowhood, divorce, age-related health issues – and seeking a purpose for their second half.

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