LIFE was founded by Dr Julie Rosengren over two decades ago, in 1994, to help people manage transitions in their lives. Dr Julie believed that one’s trajectory in life could alter dramatically, for better or worse, depending on what support was available, or not, during a change or transition in a person’s life, when we are usually at our most vulnerable.
In her early career, Dr Julie consulted on change management projects and delivered training programs to help people create and adapt to a new organizational culture. The challenges in the implementation of the actual change prompted her to undertake her doctoral studies in the psychology of attitude and behaviour change, especially in relation to improving a person’s level of emotional intelligence. She leveraged this learning and applied it to other areas of people’s lives, including parenting, caring and ageing, managing a career, migrating and adapting to a new culture, and more. Over time these have evolved into four distinct areas of support being, Career Transitions, Family Transitions, Newcomer Transitions and Work Transitions.
Our support explained
LIFE provides a suite of professional services to individuals, couples and families, as well as corporations, governments, businesses, charities and clubs in the area of transition support. Our services include consulting, counselling, coaching and training, all which involve some common elements of care, change and growth.
Consulting is more about the big picture. It normally involves providing support to changing systems, structures, processes and practices that impact on large groups of people, for instance, in a big organization. Counselling involves identifying a problem or struggle through a narrative shared between a counsellor and a client which stems from unresolved feelings and then helping that person gain resolution. Coaching is a process of learning based on active listening, powerful questioning and implementing actions that is driven by the person who wants to make the changes and supported by a coach who has a vested interest in helping the person realise the changes. Training is a process of learning by instruction. There is normally an expert teacher who will impart knowledge and skills about a specific topic or identified need.
Transitions are hard; there is no doubt about it. When people are supported well through a transition it is better not only for those impacted directly, but for all who is involved in the loved one’s life. Parenting, for instance involves adapting to many changes, not only when starting a family, but at every stage of a child’s life. At the other end of the lifecycle, caring for an ageing love one is also a big transition in a family.
Families may also experience challenging times through to hardship and a member of a family may require greater support to adapt to their new situation. It could be as simple as help with choosing year 10 subjects at school, a lack of motivation or direction, or changing careers, to dealing with trauma, illness, or mental health issues, and more.
Benefits of the right support
There are many benefits to accessing the right support during a change or transition including: