Empty nest. It sounds sad those two words, and can feel awful if all roads lead to this unfamiliar place for you. Just as your children did not come with a help manual (and you needed one, right?), negotiating this time in your life can be really hard. Have you devoted your life to raising your children and neglected, or lost parts of yourself in the process? Like many women, raising children has been your sole (and soul) occupation, and one of the most important roles of your life. And when your only or last child goes off to college, it can feel like they've taken your life with them. The years you've devoted to raising children doesn't leave much time for self-reflection, especially if you also had a job outside of the home. You and your partner or spouse may feel light years away from the couple you once were. Suddenly, with all this alone time, you are forced back into the role of being a "twosome" again, but what may be missing is the connection that you haven't felt in a very long time.
Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York licensed Psychotherapist and Consultant with extensive training and experience. She provides pscyhological consultation, therapy and coaching to a range of clients including high-profile clients, working in-person, online and worldwide. As an EMDR therapist, couples therapist + women's emotional health expert, her specialties include: anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, addictions, relationship, intimacy and sexual concerns, health + autoimmune issues, loss + grief, creative, VIP + high-profile clients. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, travel and really good key lime pie. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal website www.kimseelbrede.com or blog.