As a university professor, mentor and advisor for two decades, I am very familiar with the both the tremendous growth that students experience, and also the range of struggles that they can ensure on the way to graduation. Some students start off strong in school and find that they need more support along the way to graduation; for other students, the transition to college or graduate school was quite challenging from the start. Given your experience, 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, 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. Click here to learn more about the kinds of struggles that
students can experience.
· Have you been feeling uncertain about your academic and professional future, given the state of the COVID-19 pandemic? In one study, a majority of university students 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. Another study
found 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 enrolled in your school, major, or graduate program, that you are a “fraud” and it’s just a matter of time before people and this out about you? If so, you might be struggling with Imposter Syndrome and we can address that in counseling.
If any of the questions in bold above apply to your experience, or you simply want or need to make changes that will allow you to be the best student you can be both inside and outside of the classroom, I want you to know that there is hope. I would like to 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.
Mental Health in College and Graduate School