Carl Jung asserted that ‘we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning.’ Mid-life transition is not technically a mental health diagnosis, though its symptoms may come under the heading of adjustment disorder. It can slip the net of precise definition and yet various thinkers have identified a cluster of common hallmarks. Its very existence may be disputed, yet it resonates with many people’s experience.
This workshop will look at the landscape of mid-life transition: the concept; definitions of its key features and presenting issues; relevance to contemporary context. We will look at a model of understanding that emerges as a way of containing and working with midlife transition in counselling.