Therapy for College Students
Therapy can be an incredibly helpful resource for college students, as they often face unique challenges and stressors. College can be a exciting and challenging time for many students. While there are so many new opportunities for college students there is also academic pressure, social adjustment, and the learning to live independently. For some they can indulge in the joy of learning and discovery of what they love while others may feel an immense pressure to "figure it out". This can create depression, stress, and isolation when this feeling starts to feel dreadful or becomes a negative internal narrative .
College is also a time of transition and change in relationships with friends, romantic partners, and family members. College students are navigating friendships created through rooming, sororities, clubs, study abroad and bonding in a new way that is very different from high school. Romantically, relationships might feel more mature, but can also become more intense and there may be anxiety, stress, or even some unhealthy aspects of these new relationship that feel more difficult to navigate.
I've found that therapy can help improve communication skills, resolve conflicts, and strengthen relationships. In a time of immense self-discovery and personal growth, therapy can help patients build self-esteem, increase self-awareness, and develop a positive self-image.
At this time many college students might feel mental health issues are exacerbated by the distance from their typical support systems or the change in their environment. Clients might identify they felt they were dealing with mental health issues in high school but may have not been able to articulate it or seek out therapy until college. I provide therapy as a valuable support as they navigate their academic, personal, and professional lives. Therapy for this population can be rich and transformative.