Racially or Ethnically motivated stresses
Experienced therapists are receptive to the needs of students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who may be facing specific social ramifications from the COVID pandemic and/or the nationwide reckoning of police brutality and racial injustice.
Fundamentally, college is designed to be the education institution that educates you on what you need to know in order to succeed within your future job, whatever that may be. However, oftentimes, we find ourselves anxious about our future careers. We might ask ourselves:
- “Do I really want to do this job for the rest of my life?”,
- “Do I actually enjoy learning what I am studying?”,
- “Can I make a decent living from this career?”,
- “Am I even going to find a job in this industry?”
Stress about the future and your career is common for college-aged individuals because it is the pivot point of our lives: between our adolescence and the “real world”. Learning to be aware of our own wants and needs is essential in being confident in our career choices and our experienced therapists are here to guide you along the way.
Imposter syndrome is feelings of self-doubt and perceived incompetence despite your education, experience, and accomplishments. It might make you feel like you don’t belong where you are or you might feel like a total fraud.
You might just feel overwhelmed with all that college has to offer in terms of classwork, exams, extracurricular activities. Time management might be a struggle for you if you have not been forced to learn this skill in your past.
Counseling Can Help College Students Cope and Adapt
Whatever form your anxiety or depression might take in the face of stress, talking to an experienced therapist can help you to gain a better understanding and awareness into yourself.
Gaining insight into your thinking patterns and emotional processing can help you to recognize and deal with certain emotions when they come up. This is far more desirable than letting them go unnoticed or undealt with, which happens far too often with college students.
Therapy has no bounds in the problems that it can help overcome. Experienced psychoanalysts have dedicated their professions to learning the intricacies of the human psyche and therapists specializing in working with college students know in depth the challenges that you might be facing.
You might work with your therapist to develop strategies to overcome social anxieties through cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).
Your counselor might work intimately with you to develop healthy time management habits to improve your ability to handle the workload that college brings.
After your first evaluation session, your counselor might assess that you would benefit greatly from exercises that boost your self-image and confidence.