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Wondering if your college-aged child needs help?

Counseling can help. It’s natural for young adults to begin establishing independent lives and identities as they mature. This life span development period can be marked by poor decision-making skills. Often this process creates tension between children and their parents. It’s a process of learning and of trial and error. Your kids are bound to make missteps along the way.

The challenge, of course, is knowing when to consider normal young adult development, and when to be concerned and seek additional help, such as teen counseling.

Is your college-aged loved one experiencing:

  • Volatile, rapidly cycling or explosive moods

  • Irritable all the time

  • Increase in social anxiety

  • Withdrawal from school and friends

  • Bullying or peer pressure

  • Gradual or sudden decline in grades or academic performance

  • Increased disciplinary issues at school

  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts

  • Feeling indecisive or overwhelmed by future choices

  • Changes in sleep patterns

  • Damaging or destroying some of their personal items

  • Persistent sadness or depression

  • Unhealthy dating relationships

You don’t have to have all the answers.

The most important thing you can do as a parent is recognize that your child is struggling and reach out for professional help, be their advocate.

We help college-aged students identify their personal strengths and learn cognitive-behavioral coping skills so that they don’t feel stuck and powerless to help and feel comfortable to seek out help from trusted adults. Oasis Psychotherapy & Wellness Group emphasizes focused young adult counseling that teaches clients to make positive, lasting changes as quickly as possible.

Sometimes, our advice is simply to come in on your own for a few coaching sessions to give you some new ways to approach frustrating conversations with your college-aged child. Other times the recommendation is that your college-aged child really would benefit from counseling. If so, we’ll also help you figure out how to talk to them about it. We are happy to be of service and to talk through the situation that concerns you.

If you’re not sure whether you should be worried, just give us a call today.

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