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Therapy for College Students and Graduates

Online Therapy for College Students

College can be such an overwhelming and vulnerable time. 

You're supposed to be discovering yourself while forking over tons of money, time, and energy on studies that will dictate your career and the rest of your life. No pressure!

Therapy for College Students

I was in college the first time I went to therapy. My identity was becoming clearer and clearer the more I explored myself in this new environment, and yet that identity conflicted with the commitment I made to those very studies.

 

The person I discovered myself to be while in college was quite dissatisfied with college and the systems it upholds, yet I'd already invested so much time and money into it, I thought I'd only do more harm by leaving. Adapting to that was depressing and rife with anxiety, so I sought out a therapist to help.

Now a therapist myself, I have the unique perspective to help college students and graduates alike with the trails and tribulations related to higher education, career planning, existential overwhelm, political dread and activism, and self-discovery.

Therapy for Grad Students

When I graduated with my bachelor's degree, I promised myself I'd never have to be a student again.

 

Six years later, dissatisfied with my career and yearning for the one I realized too late I wanted, I found myself enrolled in graduate school to study psychology. I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, and even panicked in Target the day before classes started because I forgot what kind of supplies I might need as a student again.

 

Luckily, grad school became one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and put into perspective what education should actually be. And yet the pressure and expectations of school, in addition to working 2 jobs, had me contemplating quitting more times than I care to remember. 

If you're a graduate student in a similar situation, let's talk. Getting support with the overwhelm of your education and career choices can help reduce stress and amplify choice.

Therapy After Graduation

Congratulations on finally completing 2 decades of schooling which began when you were a toddler.

 

Since then, you've been told what to do, when to do it, and what happens if you don't. Every grade prepared you for the next but you didn't get enough zoomed-out preparation for the life that would follow report cards and GPAs.

It's overwhelming to suddenly find yourself empowered to make your own choices without teachers or administrators bugging you for something else. You're not as prepared for this moment as you thought, even if you've been waiting on the edge of your lecture-hall seat for it. 

What do you do next? How do you handle this overwhelm of emotions? Can anything good come of this?

This overwhelm is especially true if you've graduated into a failing economy and an uncertain political climate, not to mention the actual climate. I got my business BA just as the 2008 economic crisis began, so I understand some measure of this anxiety.

And yet I believe this is a rich and rewarding time of your life, to process all of the meaningful lessons and leave behind the rest; to build a life in service to the you that ultimately grew out of these experiences, even if you're not sure who that is yet.

 

Focusing on what you can, in fact, control, I see this time as an initiation, of sorts, and therapy can support you in managing this time so that it overwhelms you less and instead becomes fertile ground for expansion. 

Get Started with Therapy

Ready to do the work?

Here are the answers to some of your more burning questions:

- I offer online video therapy for adult residents of California

- I am not in-network with insurance but can provide monthly superbills for reimbursement

- My fee per session is $200

If you're ready to move forward:

Browse the FAQ for additional answers to your most important questions.

Then contact Vanessa to set up a free initial consultation call.