Psychotherapy with Young Adults
Young adulthood is a time of transition and of great change. In today's society there are incredible demands placed on young adults which can be overwhelming, confusing, and quite difficult to navigate. The constant connection to phones, computers, and iPads can also causes significant feelings for young adults that are difficult to understand and to manage.
It is not uncommon for young adults to struggle with the process of becoming more independent from one’s parents and trying to manage their responsibilities in a more autonomous way. While this is all very normal for this phase, it can cause tremendous anxiety, stress, insecurity, instability, and sadness as young adults attempt to separate, both emotionally, physically, and financially, from their parents.
Young adulthood is also a time of identity development. Common questions are, "Who am I?" and "Who do I want to be?" Figuring out one's identity along with the new task of developing a professional identity causes many feelings. Young adulthood is also a time to explore sexuality along with intimacy and learning how to develop and maintain meaningful relationships. Concerns around dating and romantic relationships are not uncommon during this phase.
My approach to therapy with young adults is to form a secure and meaningful relationship so that some of these more delicate issues can be explored in a safe and nurturing manner. We will look at family dynamics and try to understand what causes you to make certain decisions, how to manage the feelings associated with separating from your parents, and what may cause you to stay in certain relationships past their expiration date. Through our trusting relationship and our work together, you will be better able to look at those parts of your self that feel overwhelming or are difficult to understand. We will slowly unlayer them to make things feel more tolerable and more manageable. Once you feel more in control of your emotional self, we will look at how to help you make better decisions day to day so that you can feel better and lead a more meaningful and satisfying life.