Therapy for young adults

Are you confused about your life's direction?

Do you worry that you’re falling behind your peers? Are you losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy? Have you tried to make progress towards your goals, only to get discouraged and feel like giving up?

Perhaps you recently graduated from college and you’re filled with uncertainty as you try to get your foot in the door of your chosen field. Maybe you’re having trouble navigating social and romantic relationships. If the early years of adulthood have been harder than you anticipated, you might ask yourself: will my life ever be fulfilling? Will I ever achieve my hopes and dreams? 

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Adulthood Brings Difficult Transitions

You may have symptoms of anxiety or depression that make it hard just to get out of bed, let alone handle all of your obligations at work and at home. Some days, you may have difficulty sleeping or eating. Maybe you used to feel highly motivated, but after several setbacks, you don’t have the same drive to achieve your goals.

You might feel distant from friends that you leaned on when you were younger. Perhaps it seems like the people who were closest to you no longer “get you.” You worry that if you tried to open up to them, they wouldn’t be able to relate to your problems. As a result, you probably feel lonely and misunderstood, which only intensifies your depression and anxiety.

If you’ve been dealing with anxiety or depression because of the unexpected challenges that adult life brings, therapy can help you regain your confidence and motivation. Counseling is a chance to figure out your next steps in life as a young adult and take action to improve your circumstances.
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The Pressure To Reach Milestones Can Cause Anxiety

Lots of young adults feel pressure to reach certain milestones by their twenties or early thirties. For many of them, struggles with anxiety and depression occur because they compare themselves to their peers, especially when using social media. Furthermore, well-meaning relatives may ask them demoralizing questions like “Are you dating anyone?” or “Have you found a job?” Because they haven’t achieved these milestones, young adults wonder if they are experiencing a “failure to launch.” They feel inadequate as a result.

Some young adults might feel insecure about their career path or professional identity. They may wonder if they chose the right field or worry that they haven’t progressed far enough up the corporate ladder. Others struggle to deal with changing relationships—growing apart from old friends and romantic partners can cause emotional turmoil. Additionally, some people deal with mild anxiety throughout their teenage years, only for their symptoms to become unmanageable in young adulthood.

Young adults often hesitate to seek therapy for their anxiety. Even if they lack the strategies to manage these symptoms on their own, they might have a negative perception of therapy or feel reluctant to discuss their personal history.

Thankfully, working with a compassionate therapist can help young adults overcome stage-of-life anxiety. In therapy, young adults with anxiety and depression can develop healthy coping skills for their symptoms and start working towards realistic, fulfilling goals.

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Therapy for young adults can help you move forward with confidence.

You might worry that working with a therapist means you’re not succeeding as a young adult. In reality, choosing to ask for help when you need it is a sign that you’re ready to begin moving forward and improving your life.

Therapy is a safe, confidential environment where you can explore your innermost thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. You can share your experiences with anxiety and depression as well as any current strategies you’re using to try to manage your mental health. Over time, you’ll gain healthier coping mechanisms that will help you make positive lifestyle changes.

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What To Expect In Therapy Sessions

Before your first session, you’ll fill out an intake questionnaire with details about why you’ve chosen to seek counseling.  During our first session, we’ll have an open-ended discussion about the challenges you’re currently facing and your goals for therapy. Initial sessions typically last about one hour, while subsequent sessions will be about 45 minutes.

When working with young adults, we apply a solution-focused approach to therapy that emphasizes your unique strengths and past successes. We’ll go over coping methods that may not be serving you well and explore how you can replace these behaviors with more effective habits. Furthermore, we’ll map out concrete steps that will help you work towards your personal and professional goals. Through therapy, you’ll learn to identify stressors that exacerbate your anxiety or depression as well as behavioral patterns that hinder your healing progress.

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Therapeutic Approaches For Working With Young Adults

In therapy, we draw from multiple approaches to craft unique treatment plans for young adults. Clients entering adulthood often benefit from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This modality emphasizes focusing on the present instead of ruminating on the past and enables you to see how your thoughts and feelings influence your behavior. Through Motivational Interviewing, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your intrinsic desire for change so that you can stay committed to your goals. Additionally, Reality Therapy helps you assess whether or not your choices are moving you closer to the life you want.

To better manage your symptoms, you’ll reflect on your strengths, hobbies, and support system and develop a “strategy toolbox” that you can turn to when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Your personal toolbox could include techniques like journaling, meditation, positive self-talk, or exercise. Overall, the strategies in your toolbox will be individualized based on your specific needs, strengths, and interests.

Through treatment, you’ll learn to improve your self-awareness, replace negative thought patterns with more helpful beliefs, and manage uncomfortable feelings when you encounter stressful situations. With the tools you gain in therapy, you can navigate the challenges of young adult life with self-assurance.

But You May Still Have Questions About Therapy For Young Adults…

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How many sessions will I need before I start seeing progress?

Your healing timeline is deeply personal. Depending on your goals and preferences, you may want to continue with therapy for a few months to a few years. However, most clients feel a sense of relief after their first session! We typically see clients on a weekly basis and shift to bi-weekly check-ins when they begin making significant progress towards their goals. You’re free to stop sessions when you feel it’s appropriate, and you can always return to therapy in the future if you need additional support.

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What if I have a tight budget and limited availability?

We have extensive availability every day of the week, and in order to make therapy more convenient and accessible for our clients, we offer both virtual and in-person sessions. Although we do not take insurance, we do offer a sliding scale fee program, which keeps costs affordable for our clients. We are also connected to a large network of mental healthcare providers in New York State, and we can refer you to another therapist if our practice does not meet your needs.

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Could I bring in my partner or a family member for a joint session?

Absolutely! If you are attending weekly individual therapy sessions, and you feel that it would be beneficial to invite an important person in your life to one or more sessions, we are happy to accommodate this request. Should this person decide to seek therapy for themselves in the future, we can refer them to another clinician to avoid conflicts of interest.

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You Can Take Control Of Your Life’s Course

If you’re ready to start managing your anxiety and find your footing in adult life, you can email us to request a free 15-minute phone consultation and learn more about our practice. And if you’d like to schedule your first session, you can book an appointment through our contact us page.

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