- Are you between 18-25(+) years old and feel unsure about the direction of your life?
- Do you procrastinate on obligations or decisions or have trouble motivating yourself to get things done?
- Do you have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships? Do you feel lonely, as if you don’t belong or feel like you are missing out?
- Are you developing self-destructive behaviors as a way to cope with stress (e.g., overeating, excessive drinking, reckless spending)?
If childhood is like a connect-the-dots drawing, young adulthood can be thought of painting on a blank canvas. As the guidance and structure afforded in youth decreases with age, young adults must create their own path for independence, financial stability, work or school achievement, and interpersonal relationships. During this time it is not uncommon for 18-25(+) year olds to feel confused, overwhelmed, and emotionally stuck.
While social media would have us believe everyone is excelling in their twenties, the truth is that almost all young adults struggle to some degree as they move into the next phase of their life. Neuroscience tells us that activity in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region responsible for decision-making, future planning and emotional regulation, peaks during this final stage of development, so it makes sense that young adulthood can be full of mental and emotional unrest.
How we plan to help…
Pinellas Psychology Associates provides young adults with a safe and supportive environment to talk about these difficult issues and learn tools to master them.
After completing your treatment you will:
- Increase and strengthen your support systems by learning communication skills that will help you to be clear about your wants and needs.
- Learn and master skills to help you cope with stress, manage your time, and maximize your personal strengths.
- Improve upon your self-understanding by considering personal values, working through past experiences and setting short and long-term goals, thereby increasing your confidence and independence.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have very limited availability between work, class, and my personal life. How can I find time for therapy?
While it’s true that counseling is an investment of your time and money, self-doubt, anxiety, and stress can impact your productivity at work, school, and within your relationships. Even further, self-destructive behaviors used to cope with stress (i.e. substance use, over eating, and/or self-injury) will undoubtedly impact your future. By investing in your health now, you ensure your well being and success in your future.
Pinellas Psychology Associates is also happy to offer evening appointments to help accommodate your schedule.
My parents will be helping me pay for therapy sessions. Does this mean they have access to my private information?
No, any confidential information you share will be kept private according to the law and our code of ethics. Session statements will be provided to the party responsible for payment but those statements only display session date, time and type.
What if counseling just makes things worse by highlighting my issues?
While it is true that therapy will make you more aware of what is working and what is not in your life, treatment will not make anything worse. While the process may at times bring up painful feelings, it is a necessary step to unlocking the key to your future successes. Working through your issues now can bring relief to your life sooner, as well as help to improve your confidence and ability to handle stress and conflict. It a process that takes courage, commitment, and hard work, but we promise to be here to support you, and to help you reach your full potential.