Adolescents and Early College-Year Challenges

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Are you experiencing…

  • Difficulties adjusting to life in college
  • Excessive drinking, using drugs, dieting, exercising
  • Reckless sexual encounters
  • Panic attacks, excessive anxiety symptoms
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Reckless driving, road rage, multiple accidents and traffic violations
  • Difficulties keeping up with academic requirements, failed classes, procrastination

From middle school to college, adolescents and young adults face challenges as they deal with decisions about identity, relationships, and their future. It’s an exhilarating time to be more independent yet unexpected that you might be feeling more isolated, lost, and frustrated at times. At the hardest of times, feeling alone is so real but there is hope. No one has to go through hard times alone, and we can be there to listen, support, and provide relief. If you are looking for solutions or simply for clarity, we’re here to help.

Sometimes life seems to come at you all at once. Or, it’s just one uphill battle after another.

In your teen years, more challenges will come along and shape who you are. Becoming that person and gaining independence is the end result, but sometimes just surviving the day can be difficult. Situations that involve parents, family, drugs, school, friends, violence, and suicide are all too common in daily life. Intense feelings of anger, frustration, loneliness, anxiety, and depression can be normal. However when such strong feelings persist and affect your ability to keep up with life, it may signal a problem that needs more attention.

How do you work with teenagers?

Because of your age, you value your privacy. In the first session, we’ll work with you and your parents to create reasonable and mutually agreed upon boundaries for you to work with your therapist in privacy. It’s also important for you to meet with your therapist first and tell her/him your story.

Your therapist will need to know the history of what you’ve been going through, recent stresses, and history that covers family, social, school, medical, and physical areas. This is routine and are questions asked of everyone. Sometimes this information requires parent participation. After that, sessions are usually reserved for just you and your therapist.

Sometimes I just wake up depressed for no reason at all.

Depression can seemingly hit out of nowhere and for no apparent reason. At other times, you might be nervous about something bad happening and when that thing happens, you find yourself feeling helpless. Some people might have even told you that you are a pessimist, when you know that you are just a realist. Why hope for the best, when people and results let you down again and again?

You’re not alone in feeling this way. Depression has a way of sucking the joy out of life. Giving up or giving in might be an option but it might also be important to consider what you would gain if you don’t. As much as you don’t feel it, things can change.


We are committed to helping you to feel better.

Our therapists recognize the one expert on you in the room is you. We take the time to learn about you and the help you want. It takes time to feel comfortable talking to a stranger and building trust. You also have other things you might rather be doing afterschool rather than going to therapy. We value your time and the effort you are putting in to feel better about yourself and about your life.

One thing we don’t do is to see individuals who don’t want to come to therapy. Therapy is not for everyone. So if we come to the realization that it’s better for you not to be in therapy, we’ll support you in that as well. Therapy can’t be forced.

Our goal is to make your life more peaceful, hopeful, and better than when you came in. The way we do that is to respect the person you are and help you in a way that fits who you are. Your confidentiality and welfare become our priority when you become our client.

If you think finding someone to talk to might be helpful, we encourage you to give us a call or tell your parents to contact us. We can with no strings, no commitment, provide you either a 15-minute phone consultation or arrange for a first meeting.