I work with people of all ages, and there are many practical challenges at each stage of life. These are some examples of challenges faced by many:
- A child in elementary school who has hyperactivity must learn to cope with the behavioral demands of a classroom.
- In middle school, a child whose sense of belonging is already tenuous, must still try to fit in to the increasingly complex social environment of early adolescence.
- A middle-aged person who is recently divorced may feel lonely, and must face the vulnerability associated with seeking new companionship and intimacy.
- And finally, the elderly person who has led a vigorous life, both physically and socially, must deal with the stress of losing friends and intimate partners, while also coping with the physical frailty that comes with advancing age.