Adolescents and Young Adults
Navigating early adulthood in the digital age can be overwhelming. Teens and young adults feel the pressure and competition to make something of themselves in a world that demands more education, more drive, and more focus. Many parents begin noticing that their teen or young adult son or daughter are facing complex feelings as they begin to think about their future and set off in navigating their own lives. They believe others to be "further ahead" than them and to have "found their passion", leaving them frozen in fear and indecision. Others take off and soon return home after finding that they are not yet equipped to fly the coop. Parents begin to worry when they notice their adult child is anxious, depressed, withdrawn, and unmotivated. In mounting despair, some even resorting to substances to deal with a sense of hopelessness and declining confidence. Young adults may become frustrated when they see themselves as unable to meet the pace and catch their stride. It is a real challenge. I have expertise in helping teens and young adults find their voice, passion, and motivation to build a life worth living. I also help them work through deeper emotional issues, depression, or anxiety that tend to be at the core and block their capacity to even create a fantasy of that life that seems worthwhile. In therapy, young adults will often gain important insights into themselves, develop a vision, and create a realistic plan to move their lives in that direction. It often requires some ability to tolerate the unknown and take steps forward without certainty or a perfect plan. This frequently starts with treating underlying psychological issues before moving to articulating a broader vision, breaking it into smaller goals, and developing the tools necessary to navigate these challenges and embrace the next chapter. In fact, research shows psychotherapy during teenage and young adults years creates a massive, lasting positive impact on adult functioning.