Therapy For Young Adults

Being a young adult has always been an adventurous and yet challenging phase in one’s life. In 2022, going through a global pandemic since 2020, being a young adult has been harder than ever. If you feel burned out and exhausted, like you are running a marathon but never getting to the finish line – you are not alone.

Being Young Adult Is Hard

Entering young adulthood and being 16 to 25 years old is a special time filled with lots of unknowns. You are no longer seen as a kid. You are held to a different standard by people around you. When your own standards of yourself are added to the mix, it can pile up very quickly.
 
Often in young adulthood, one of the main challenges is the pressure to figure it all out. You’re expected to know what you want to do with your life. The world asks what career you want to pursue and where you want to live. You’re also supposed to find relationships that are good for you. You are expected to sort it all out quicklysuccessfully, and efficiently. It may feel like you have very little room to make mistakes or change your direction. 
 
Sometimes, the pressure to prove yourself and find your footing in the adult world can get heavy. The pressure can feel paralyzing, making it harder to take any action or make decisions. When this happens, you are left feeling the shame, disappointment, or embarrassment of being stuck. It may feel like you are letting yourself and the people around you down.

Who Can Benefit From Therapy For Young?

You walked into young adulthood with excitement and curiosity. But lately, you have been feeling anxious, confused, and overwhelmed.

While this new stage is filled with once-in-a-lifetime memories, it also brings on complicated questions. And, each of those questions demands answers. Because of this, you may find yourself feeling intimated and insecure about this new chapter.

Overwhelming Experiences, Finding Balance, And Increased Loneliness

It may feel like there is always something to do and someone to please. Finding your direction in the midst of all the changes and eyes on you can get overwhelming. You feel excited to explore who you are, yet feel like you don’t have a map or manual. Transitioning to young adulthood can feel complicated. 
 
You want to move towards independence but feel like you don’t have the right tools. And you want to find a balance between freedom and responsibility. The perfect balance to live your life to the fullest and not neglect your goals and dreams. You’ve decided that you want to feel motivated by your values, not fear or anxiety. You want to set boundaries, and know when to say “no” and when to ask for help. Not to mention, you want to get to a place where you can control your emotions and express them freely.
 
You might feel alone in your struggle when everyone on social media is having the best time of their lives. Today more than ever, we connect, share information, and even advocate for causes that matter most to us. And, we do it all through social media platforms. But, there is a cost to pay. With constant access to our phones, the comparison game is everywhere! When you compare your journey to someone else’s, you make skewed and negative conclusions about your own path.
 
It’s time. You are looking for a therapist that understands the unique challenges you face amid all the societal and political climate. Further, you need a therapist who can help you find confidence in yourself. And preferably while also challenging you to grow and be the best version of yourself.

Common Reasons Young Adults Begin Therapy:

Our therapists will tailor your treatment goals to your individual challenges. However, there are some common issues we see with our young adult clients that include:

  • Feeling unsure about the direction of your life
  • Difficulty with anxiety and stress management
  • Low self-esteem and low confidence
  • Dealing with procrastination and/or indecision
  • Engaging in self-destructive behaviors, such as excessive drinking, excessive spending, or emotional eating
  • Unemployment/underemployment
  • Family conflict/divorce
  • Confusion in relationships, sex, or sexual identity
  • School and/or work-related problems
  • Anger management
  • Communication challenges
  • Money management
  • Work/personal life balance
  • Untreated mental health issues

Therapy for young adults is meant for those between the ages of 16 and 25 years old. Those in adolescence, between 16 and 17, are also in a unique place in life. So, in our therapy practice, we serve adolescents and young adults. Our services are individually tailored because we don’t want to simply give you the tools to help you manage the responsibilities of this new chapter. Our young adult therapists want you to feel excited about everything and thrive!

What Will We Work On In The Therapy?

In therapy for young adults, we want to get to know YOU! Not the version of you that your parents want you to be or the society tells you to be. We want to learn about your feelings, thoughts, and things you are struggling with. Further, we want to know about the things that keep you up at night and the things that you want to achieve for yourself. Because we know that the most important relationship you can have in life is one with yourself.

At our Los Angeles therapy practice, one of our core treatment goals is to address your inner dialogue. This is the monologue that runs in your head all day long. It tells you what things you can or cannot do, and the places you do and don’t belong. We want to make sure that you get out of your own way by debunking any self-limiting beliefs you may have. Our therapists offer practical and thoughtful feedback that will help you look at things objectively. And, it will help you discover new perspectives and creative solutions.

Another key component of therapy is to reflect on your past experiences. In fact, the past provides information about the present. No matter what stage of life you are in, any unresolved issues from one’s past will impact their current life. The goal of therapy is to understand what you’ve been through. Then, find solutions for what you’re still going struggling with. When you get control of your thoughts and feelings, you will have clarity of how your past is shaping your present. You will start working towards a more authentic life.

Outcomes Of Therapy For Young Adults

While your therapy goals and outcomes are always individualized, there are some core outcomes that we will be working towardsAt our Los Angeles, CA-based therapy practice, our first goal is to help you better understand what is keeping you stuck. When you engage in therapy, you will gain a sense of confidence and insight. You’ll be able to let go of worry, rumination, and self-loathing.
 
Further, by finding closure from past unresolved experiences, you will be able to get rid of that burden. You will be able to free yourself from the past and move on with your future. Additionally, our young adult therapists will help you learn to tolerate mistakes. By having a sense of true self-confidence, resilience, and love you will start to feel more centered and groundedFurther, you will build a “toolbox” to help you navigate through new opportunities as they arise.

Positive Outcomes Of Therapy

Here are few other positive outcomes we will support you in gaining when attending therapy for adolescents and young adults.

  • Being able to live your life to the fullest
  • Transforming self-judgment into self-compassion
  • Building a toolbox to help you cope with anxiety, stress, and worry
  • Discover the strength and confidence to set healthy boundaries with others without guilt
  • Find clarity on your passion and purpose in life
  • Learn self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-trust
  • Feel confident to manage life’s ups and downs
  • Overcome self-doubt

 

It takes courage to ask for help and you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. Our therapists are here to empower you so that you gain the insight and confidence to live your best life. With consistency and commitment, our clients notice improvements after a few sessions. Depending on your needs, therapy for young adults can be short-term or long-term supportHowever, our therapists are happy to meet you at the level of care you need. Further, we are ready to make appropriate therapeutic recommendations to best support you and your quality of life.

What To Expect During Therapy For Young Adults?

The therapy process starts with a free 20-minute consultation. You will have the opportunity to elaborate on any experiences that you wish to address with our therapists. Then, you will learn more about our approach to therapy and our costs.

Intake Process

During the first 2-3 sessions, we will go through the intake process. During this, your therapist will gather all the necessary information to create a strong treatment plan for you. This comprehensive intake evaluation will help you and your therapist discuss the underlying factors that get in the way of reaching your fullest potential. Again, our services are always individualized to meet your needs.

Therapy Sessions for Young Adults

Ongoing sessions are designed to deepen your relationship with yourself and others. The goal of therapy is not to remove all obstacles and guarantee no future mistakes. Instead, the goal is to give you the tools and insight to help you navigate what life throws your way. After therapy, you will have the peace and strength to go through life with more authentic, supportive, and safe relationships.

Our Approach To Therapy for Young Adults

Our therapists use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). All modalities are evidence-based treatments for anxiety and stress management. Further, each has unique qualities and focus while being complementary for an effective outcome.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

When you struggle with issues unique to young adulthood, you also deal with negative and unhealthy self-talk We utilize CBT for treatment to help you uncover unhealthy, negative, or rigid thoughts, attitudes, and belief systemsOver the years, you may have come to develop unhealthy belief systems. These might manifest as statements such as “I have to do things completely perfect” or “I have to figure it all out.” It could also be thoughts like “I need to be successful and know the direction of my life.”
 
The fundamental principle of CBT proposes that our thoughts affect our emotions which in turn, affects our behaviors. In CBT, you will identify these underlying unhealthy belief systems. This will help us to understand what is keeping you stuck and overwhelmed. Once we identify these unhealthy thought patterns, our goal will be to find ways to challenge and reframe them.  Together, we will also explore behavioral changes to support your new way of thinking. This may include assertive communication or setting firm boundaries. It could also look like ending relationships, saying no, or making time for self-care.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR teaches mindfulness and body awareness techniques. These skills help you better regulate and manage your emotions. Mindfulness will teach you ways to pause, observe and be non-judgmental of your inner experiences. By bringing awareness to the present moment, you can learn ways to be more accepting and grateful.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT successfully combines the principles of CBT and mindfulness in the approach. It works to teach you better ways to regulate your emotions and set healthy boundaries. Further, it encourages you to have strong communication skills and tolerate stressful situations. This approach will introduce you to how opposite things can coexist, such as acceptance and change. DBT helps you to learn to accept things the way they are. And, at the same time, you can work towards changing the aspect of yourself that is not helping you.

Payment and Cost

Therapy is a fee-for-service program. Our Los Angeles therapy practice accepts all major forms of payment. Please find more information about payment and insurance here. Our therapists have a strong desire to make sure you maintain the greatest privacy. And, we want to provide you with the highest level of care possible without constraints from managed care. Our therapists are out-of-network providers for all insurance panels. Because of that, we are not affiliated with any insurance panel. However, many PPO plans may reimburse for anxiety treatment in full or in part. Unfortunately, HMO, Medi-Cal, and Medicare insurances do not reimburse, as they require that you see someone on their panel. There are other avenues for support, though. You may have financial support from your parents, extended family members, friends, or a partner, but your sessions are always private. Your confidentiality is always protected according to the law and our code of ethics.

How Do I Schedule My First Session?

Our private practice counseling office is conveniently located in the Los Angeles area. You can find us at 20501 Ventura Blvd, Suite 395, Woodland Hills, CA 91364. We provide both in-person appointments and online therapy in California.
 
Although our therapy practice is in Woodland Hills, we can work with anyone in the state of California using our online therapy platform. In other words, if you live in Calabasas or Agoura Hills, we can still connect with you online. Same thing foes for Tarzana, Encino, and anywhere else in the state of California. We are here for you! Aside from our private online therapy for adults, we also offer an online anxiety support group for women in their 20s and 30s.
 
Our clinicians understand that your time is valuable. To ease scheduling conflicts, we offer evening and Sunday appointments. We can also do phone sessions when your time is really limited.

Begin Therapy For Young Adults In Los Angeles, CA

Right now, the challenges of being a young adult may be holding you back from living wholeheartedly. But with the help of our therapist, you can develop clarity on the direction of your life. And with support, you’ll build more peaceful and joyous relationships.

You have so much to achieve. And whether you know it or not, you are capable and worthy of pursuing your goals and dreams so that you can create the life you want. The confidence lies within you to change. You can learn the skills you need to feel more resilient and develop authentic relationships with yourself and others

Contact us to start treatment for young adults in-person or online at our Los Angeles, CA-based therapy practice. After you reach out, one of our staff members will get back to you no later than 24 hours to schedule a free phone consultation.