Lisa Schlesinger has been a therapist for 20 years. Her extensive training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatments including young adult therapy to help young adult patients gain a sense of confidence and independence to face the next stage of their lives.
For many young adults it’s an exciting proposition to leave home and start the next chapter of their life focused on developing a career and forming significant relationships. However, for some it can be a time of anxiety, panic, and regression. A young adult’s childhood experiences can dictate whether the transition to adulthood is rough or smooth. In some cases, young adult therapy may be needed to smooth over these ‘rough’ patches.
In my experience young adults who seek out therapy often feel like they are launched out to sea without the proper boat or paddle. These feelings of insecurity can lead to feeling anxious, depressed and alone.Young adulthood is a time of exploration but it is also a time when dreams of developing a meaningful professional life and meaningful relationships are formed. Creating a space through therapy to explore one’s childhood experiences, while learning to separate mentally from the family of origin and create your own identity can help support this transition.
I have seen many young adults who feel dissatisfied with their jobs and are struggling to find loving relationships. They don’t have a clear understanding of who they are or where they fit in the world. It can be an overwhelming and stressful time and a gentle guiding hand from a therapist can both support and enhance a young person’s growth. It is a job of a psychotherapist to help uncover what is getting in the way of advancing and achieving their goals and creating an autonomous life.
Some of the issues that cause young adults or their parents to seek out therapy are:
- Lack of self confidence or self-esteem
- History of abuse, neglect or trauma
- Eating Disorders
- Sexual identity confusion
- Fusion with parents
- Sibling rivalry
- Loss of being a child
- Wanting to be taken care of
- Difficulty with self care
- Self-harm or self-destruction
- Feelings of being lost
- Inability to regulate emotion
- Anger and rage
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Depression and sadness
- Death and Mourning
- Maniac Behavior
- Mood Disorders
In my experience young adulthood is the perfect time to seek out psychotherapy because the growth and change that a young adult can achieve through young adult therapy can have a significant impact on their future. I can help you discover and attain what you are looking for from your life or for your adult child’s life.