Young Adults

Life can be confusing. Psychotherapy for young adults may help young adults explore their identities, including their values, interests, and questions of who they are in the world. Many young people experience a feeling of being “in between” one stage of life and the next, often striving for independence from parents but needing to depend on them for financial or emotional support. 

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Young adults tend to be naturally self-focused at this time of their life, but may need help in seeing a bigger picture in terms of how they fit into the world and their relationships with others. Your sense of possibilities can help to establish hope for the future, but can also hinder progress if you feel overwhelmed by possibilities and you may need assistance narrowing down choices. 

Young Adults with Parent Issues

Young adult therapy clients are frequently looking for an encouraging parental figure in a therapist, particularly if they were or are not so well supported by their own parents or family. Other times they are looking for the opposite of a parental figure--someone who sees them as capable and adult. Not an authority, just a wise guide. If they come in with their parents, or are living with their parents, they are sometimes ambivalent about separation from them, and may need some help being launched. Therapy helps to establish where a young adult is in the separation process from their family of origin and how much autonomy he or she is feeling.

Questions that may be explored in therapy:

  • What is keeping someone tied to his or her parents?
  • Is it okay to be different from one's parents?
  • What are one's fears/anxieties about independence?
  • How well does he or she know him or herself?
  • What is one’s personality type, one’s values and goals, one’s sense of him or herself in the world?