Young adulthood can be wrought with changes and challenges, from attending post-secondary education to preparing for or gaining employment to move out of the house. Because these changes can be long-lasting if not life-long, they can cause considerable stress, worry, or sadness, or they trigger mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression or ADHD.
Young adults may feel alone or not know where to turn to get support. There are many benefits from speaking to a qualified therapist to overcome these challenges and changes and develop resiliency and healthier relationships with yourself and others.
If you feel that you are having trouble adjusting to life as a young adult, please don't hesitate to contact me.
People often say to listen to your 'gut' feelings. But, sometimes the world around you is too noisy, and at other times, you're worried if you're making a decision that could last a lifetime or at least part of it. It is 'normal' for us to be concerned about our choices, but sometimes these events can bring up difficult feelings. Whether employment prospects seem bleak, you're worried about choosing the right life partner, or you're struggling with a breakup, a supportive and insightful perspective can make a positive and lasting difference.
Various studies have concluded that self-esteem has a direct relationship with our overall well-being. Given the major changes and transitions that occur during young adulthood, many young adults struggle with their relationship. Whether you're wondering why you continue to make unhealthy decisions for you or you feel you don't measure up to others, I help clients understand and work through the root causes of these feelings while enabling them to identify and employ their strengths and assets.
Research shows that 75% of mental health conditions emerge between the ages of 18-24, making this a critical time for young adults to understand and manage symptoms of emerging or existing mental health concerns such as depression. Anxiety, emotion dysregulation, or another condition, I not only help clients identify the sources of and trigger related to such concerns, gain insights about their diagnoses and treatment options (e.g. psychopharmacology) to ensure they and their well-being are at the centre of these options.
Because young adulthood is a period in which one's identity is being concretized, many issues with gender identity and sexual orientation occur during this time. While attitudes may have become more accepting, research has shown that the coming out process can be wrought with difficulties, such as a lack of acceptance by family members or being targeted by harassment or abuse. My practice offers a safe, open, respectful and validating space for young adults to share their concerns while learning how to advocate for themselves and ensure their well-being.
Most young adults have experienced some form of trauma in their lives, such as the loss of a loved one, experiencing assault or abuse, or witnessing violence at home or in your community. However, when this trauma is repeated and/or severe, it can trigger various overwhelming emotions that can interfere with our ability to function. We may not always be able to control our emotions in the face of triggers. My practice provides clients with the ability to recognize potential triggers to avoid and/or manage them effectively.