Identity formation, also known as individuation, is the development of the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity in a particular stage of life in which individual characteristics are possessed and by which a person is recognized or known. DeAne has spent much of her career researching and exploring how identity is formed and how it shifts based on life events, trauma, culture, societal influences and a host of other factors. She strives to guide clients towards achieving a cohesive sense of self that is aligned and satisfying on multiple levels.  

  • Achieving identity is making a commitment to an identity after exploring possibilities. Those who have a strong commitment to an identity are usually happier and healthier than those who have not.
  • Identity Diffusion is when an individual feels out of place and do not even have the urge to strive for a sense of identity.  
  • Identity crisis occurs when an individual is not able to commit to various aspects of self and feel very disconnected to themselves. 


Often times when ones goes through a life change such as the loss of a relationship or job shift, they feel discombobulated and not "themselves". People often grapple with this confusion post shift and at times needs additional support to ground and realigned interests, personality, and who they are based on themselves instead of a previous partner or role. DeAne can help you on this journey of personal exploration and peace.