Do You Feel Overwhelmed, Anxious or Depressed?
Are you a young adult struggling to manage the demands of school, work, social situations and the tasks that come with everyday life? Do you have difficulty concentrating, or are you feeling unmotivated or stuck? Maybe you feel sad and lethargic and/or have lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy. Or perhaps you’ve recently suffered a significant loss or experienced a traumatic event, and have struggled since to feel like your normal self? Do you have difficulty with relationships or making friends and wish you could develop deeper connections with people in your life? Do you often feel lost or alone even when in a group of people? Do you wish you could get to the root of what’s causing you distress and enjoy happiness and success in your life?
Many Young Adults Struggle To Navigate The Transition To College
For many young adults, starting college can be a very exciting time in life. College can be a time ripe with freedom and opportunity. There is suddenly room for more choice in class selection, and for the first time, many young adults can stay out as late as he or she wishes.
For many individuals, however, the transition to college is far from smooth. Socially, emotionally and academically, the adjustment can be very difficult. Incoming students must adapt to new peer groups, the pressure of an increased and more advanced workload and learning to manage time. Finding a balance between work and leisure can be challenging. There is also the temptation of drugs and alcohol, which are prevalent on many college campuses. For those who struggle to make friends, trying to navigate the social setting on campus can be intimidating and frustrating.
Many people experience symptoms of depression for the first time in college. A study in 2011 by the American College Health Association found that nearly 30 percent of students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at one point during the past year. While everyone experiences ups and downs in life, there are times when depression and anxiety—which are also prevalent among college students — can make it difficult to function. Socializing, completing work and even performing simple everyday tasks can feel insurmountable.
The good news is that while life may seem out of control and overwhelming now, you don’t have to navigate overwhelming thoughts, emotions and experiences on your own. An experienced and compassionate therapist can help you work through your struggles, gain insight and feel supported.
Counseling For Young Adults Can Help You Find Relief, Shift Perspective And Find Your Path
Counseling for young adults can be extremely effective, and help you gain a deeper understanding of your needs, goals, desires and difficulties as a young adult. Throughout the therapy process, you’ll have an opportunity to process feelings and learn more about patterns, behavior and relationships.
In a safe and non-judgmental setting, you will collaborate with your therapist to explore both areas of strength and aspects of your life that you would like to develop or improve. At your own pace, you may examine the nature of your problems, identify patterns, behaviors and unresolved issues that could be interfering with your happiness and personal goals. You can learn new ways to manage stress and resolve conflicts.
Each individual we work with at Cope With School NYC has his or her own unique needs, so we tailor treatment accordingly for everyone we treat. Cope With School NYC specializes in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness work. With the right approach and the help and support of a skilled therapist, you can work toward the growth you want to realize in your life. It’s possible to manage stress effectively, navigate social situations with increased ease, build confidence and enjoy a satisfying and productive college experience.
You may be thinking about seeking counseling for young adults, but still have some questions or concerns…
I know things are difficult for me right now, but do I really need therapy?
While some people still believe that you need to have a mental health illness to seek therapy, in reality, most people go to therapy to seek a better life. Counseling for young adults gives you the chance to deepen your relationships, better understand your thoughts and feelings, learn to effectively cope with stress, deal with grief and manage the ups and downs of the human experience. Essentially, through therapy, you can identify what it is that you truly want and need, explore strategies to help you achieve your goals and begin making impactful changes in your life.
I have heard counseling for young adults can be time-consuming and expensive.
While we recognize the financial and time commitment that counseling for young adults entails, the benefits can be invaluable. It’s important to recognize that investing in your own well-being and addressing your challenges now can provide relief and help you learn coping skills you can use for the rest of your life. Furthermore, therapy need not last forever. The amount of time in treatment depends on your individual needs and goals and how willing you are to engage in the therapy process. While Cope With School NYC does not participate on insurance panels, we can provide you with a detailed invoice that you may be able to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
How is speaking with a therapist different from getting help from family and friends?
The value of friendship and family support is essential, however, it can oftentimes be difficult to receive non-biased and expert support from loved ones. The therapeutic relationship is different and unique for several reasons. A professional therapist has years of experience helping individuals with a wide variety of issues and concerns. In a therapist’s office the focus is on you. When you speak about problems with loved ones, no matter how well meaning they are, there is a reciprocal quality. Friends discuss one another’s issues. You may censor yourself so as not to be judged, hurt your friend’s feelings, etc. Finally, therapy is confidential. You can feel free to speak your mind without wondering who else will hear about your personal concerns.
You Do Not Have To Navigate This Challenging Time On Your Own
We invite you to call us for a free 10-minutes phone consultation to discuss your specific needs and to answer any questions you have about counseling for young adults and Cope With School NYC.