Young Adult Therapy
What is the role of young adult therapy in someone’s life?
The transition from high school or college to “real life” where a young adult is responsible for financial and other forms of independence is one of the most challenging. According to a 2015 Pew Research report, only 67% of millennials are have achieved financial independence and are able to support themselves without help from their parents. This situation can be very challenging for kids and parents alike. And in some cases, while a young adult may no longer be living at home, he or she definitely fits the category of “failing to thrive”.
What’s going on here? In my practice, I have worked with many young adults who are struggling to individuate from their family system, engage more fully in occupations that can support them and define clearer life goals for themselves. Obstacles such as substance abuse, low self-esteem and anxiety or depression are often part of the mix. Having a consistent, safe therapist who will provide caring and honest feedback can be very powerful for people at this stage of life.
Signs that Young Adult Therapy may be appropriate:
- Low motivation at work or life in general
- Difficulty earning enough money to support oneself
- Substance abuse
- Sense of lack of direction or purpose in life
- Low confidence or self-esteem
- Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships with others
- Challenges in relating to parents
Benefits of Young Adult Therapy:
The benefits of therapy vary based on specific issues. But generally speaking, these are the kinds of outcomes that are typical:
- Develop a clearer and more positive vision for their future
- Overcome obstacles such as low self esteem, substance abuse, anxiety or depression
- Create a healthy level of individuation from their parents
- Develop motivation for pursuing a fulfilling life
- Manage other issues like ADHD, low interpersonal skills or ????
How I can help:
Young adults who are not thriving need to develop a stronger sense of agency, that it, the confidence that they are capable of solving their own problems. Through a combination of therapeutic modalities as well as good old-fashioned mentoring, I help these kinds of clients realize that they have the power within them to shape their lives in more positive and fulfilling directions. Because I have a non-judgmental approach to my clients’ issues, they are often able to open up and share more with me that with parents or other people in their ecosystems. Together, we can identify the key issues and goals, develop a treatment plan and then work together to create a better future.
Free phone consult
Even though therapy offers a chance to make long-lasting positive changes in your life, I know that starting therapy is often a difficult decision. I invite you to contact me to assess your needs at no cost by phone. There are no forms or paperwork to fill out. Why wait? Call today and start feeling better.