How Therapy for College Students Can Improve Student Well-being
College students are in a unique life transition.
As a college student or aspiring college student, you will be learning about topics, exploring career paths, meeting new people, and working independently to demonstrated your knowledge.
College offers opportunities for personal growth, formal education, building relationships, trying new things, career advancement, pursuing your passions, and learning skills.
As a former college student myself,
I enjoyed college and found the transition difficult. I struggled with inattention, at times felt like an imposter “how did I get here?”, and was a first-generation college student unaware of what to expect.
Thankfully, I accepted that I was struggling and met with a therapist who helped me address my mental health. I was able to go from barely holding on to navigating college with improved mental health, support, and confidence.
As a college student, you are working independently on your studies.
You are solely responsible for attending your classes, studying, passing tests and exams, and seeking help.
Quite a different experience when compared to grade school where school staff guide your movements, teachers follow up on homework, tutoring is offered in class, and your caregivers were added accountability.
everyone who enters into college is not arriving with quality grade-school support, reliable and helpful family support, previous access to mental health services, financial and social resources, or coping skills to help them manage the increases in course work, hours long lectures, confidence in ones ability to succeed, new relationships, cultural isolation or limited diversity, or sustained attention needed for self-study.
College can be especially hard for those who:
– are easily distracted or have difficulty with focus
– feel nervous or avoid tasks, people, and situations
– lived a stressful home life
– low mood, feel heavy and tired often
– feel down about yourself
– struggle with time-management or organizational skills
– relationships seem to barely stay afloat
– constantly doubt yourself and your abilities
– feel stuck and unsure in life transitions
– first generation college students
– BIPOC college student navigating limited diversity
– students who live with unaddressed mental health challenges
Mental health in college is important to your overall wellness and success as you take on new challenges and opportunities.
Below are ways therapy may help you as a college student:
– relief from depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions
– increased confidence and decision-making skills
– address trauma and increase resiliency
– ability to manage stress effectively and regulate emotions
– improved habits and techniques to cope with life stressors
– improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities
– explore ways to add community and ask for help
– personal development and self-improvement
– time-management and organizational skills
– identify your values and goals in life
– improve boundaries and relationships
– address Imposter Syndrome
– become more intentional and learn how to create space and time for the things you want out of life
If you are a current college student, returning college student, or aspiring college student looking for mental health support, submit an Appointment Request to explore ways to feel better on your academic journey.
The content provided in this blog is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as a substitute for professional counseling or therapy. The information presented here is drawn from my professional expertise, personal experiences, and research, but it is not a replacement for personalized mental health advice. Each individual is unique, and the content may not be relevant to everyone’s particular situation. It is crucial to seek guidance from a licensed mental health professional concerning your specific concerns and to receive customized support tailored to your requirements.