HELPING YOUNG ADULTS FEEL CONFIDENT AS THEY LAUNCH TOWARD INDEPENDENCE.
Parents, do you ever wonder what your teen is thinking or feeling as they move closer to making that leap from High school to College? Well, you are not alone.
Many kids in their senior year of high school have no idea of the impact a major transition of that magnitude will have on them until they are already in college, facing many changes head on. Sitting in their dorm room, not a familiar face nearby, asking themselves what do I do now?
Being independent from their parents is both exhilarating and scary. Many kids don’t know what to do with all the responsibility they will have. They are often unaware of the pressures they may feel the need to succumb to when around peers who use drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with stress.
Kids in their senior year of high school are way too busy enjoying their final year to think about all that grown up stuff. You remember that don’t you? Skip days, late nights out with friends, less homework, sleeping in because of later start times for class. Aside from doing what is required of them to attend college, like filling out numerous college applications, meeting deadlines and studying for the SATs, your child’s thoughts and feelings get stored somewhere off-line, not readily accessible.
Usually, it isn’t until the summer before college begins that the impact sets in. Bit by bit, moving away from family and friends becomes more of a reality. Orientation and “meet the roommate” dates are all coming to ahead. Suddenly, your kid may begin feeling anxious, have body complaints or show signs of depression, such as unpredictable sleep patterns and poor appetite. They may retreat to their room more often than usual. When you ask the familiar question, “Is everything okay?”. They may respond with a few simple words “Yep, I got this”. This can feel both worrisome and unsettling to a parent who wants to help their kid with the transition towards independence. At the same time, it is important to give your kid the room they need to identify what their personal journey will look like for them.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR TO SUPPORT YOUR TEEN?
Reasons to seek therapy for your teen would be to help your kid sort through these common concerns:
-Adjusting to the emotional impact of leaving what is familiar such as family and friends.
-Feeling anxious about not knowing what to expect and doubting their ability to meet those expectations.
-Navigating their schedule/routine without assistance from their parents.
-Finding their place or fitting into a new environment.
HOW I CAN HELP
My job as your kid’s psychotherapist would be to help your teen develop confidence in themselves as they begin to acknowledge their feelings, worries or concerns about taking this big leap from a familiar life to an unfamiliar one.
Sometimes talking with a professional who is removed from your teen’s immediate circle can help put things in perspective. My goal for your teen would be that they will become better equipped to launch from high school senior to college freshman successfully once they have the tools to assist them along the way.
I would love to help your teen with this transition.
A TALENTED AND RESPECTED THERAPIST...
“Lisa is a talented and respected therapist among her colleagues. Her skills and engaging style prepare teens for college with reassuring support, information, and confidence.”
- Helen Lemm LCSW | Psychotherapist Private Practice
A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR HER CLIENTS...
“I enjoy collaborating with Ms. Knudson. She is a strong advocate for her clients, and is talented in working with adolescents and young adults who are navigating transitions."
- Nakia Scott, M.D., ABIHM | Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist | Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine
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