How Can Therapy Help Me As a College or Graduate Student?
Is Therapy the Right Decision for You As a College or Graduate Student?
First off, congratulations on investing in your future career and personal growth by pursing a college and/or graduate degree. As a university professor, mentor and advisor for nearly two decades, I am very familiar with both the tremendous growth that students experience, and also the range of struggles that they can endure on the way to graduation. Some students start off strong in school and find that they need more support along the way to graduation; other students might struggle with the transition to college or graduate school or face unexpected challenges along the way. As you reflect on your experience as a student in higher education, do any of the following questions apply to you?
· Do you struggle with overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression that persist even after you have tried to manage them on your own? Do feelings of worry, perfectionism, sadness, fatigue and distress negatively impact your ability to do your best in school to the point where you find it difficult to be motivated, focus in class, learn, or retain information? If so, you are not alone as many students struggle with these same issues. This blog from Harvard Health describes some of struggles related to anxiety that students are experiencing.
· Have you been feeling uncertain about your academic and professional future, given the state of the COVID-19 pandemic? Wang and colleagues (2020) found that a majority of university students in the U.S. reported that the stress and anxiety levels increased since the onset of the pandemic, with a number of participants reporting concerning levels of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. This article from Inside Higher Education also discusses a range of current students’ and recent graduates’ emotional concerns including a lack of clarity about future career plans, and what this means for students’ financial outlook.
· Do you ever feel like you don’t deserve to be in your school, major, or graduate program, that you are a “fraud”, and it’s just a matter of time before people find this out about you? If so, you might be struggling with Imposter Syndrome. According to gradPSYC Magazine, people with imposter feelings feel like their work must be perfect and they rarely ask for help, so they end up procrastinating or overpreparing on assignments.
If any of the questions above apply to your experience, or you simply feel like you want or need to make changes that will allow you to be the best student you can be inside and outside of the classroom, I want you to know that there is hope. I can help you to accomplish your personal goals so that you can be your best self in school and as you prepare for your professional career. I am genuinely passionate about working with college and graduate students and I welcome you to my practice.