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Young Adult Counseling

If you are a young adult seeking counseling in the Asheville area, I am glad you have landed on this webpage. I am passionate about helping young adults during this incredibly exciting, difficult, and confusing time of life.  Let’s face it, you live in a culture that pushes recent graduates to have their entire lives planned out before you’ve even had the opportunity to discover who you are. This is stressful and can leave you feeling totally lost and alone if your so called “life plan” isn’t actually happening.  More often than not, young adults are finding themselves living at home due to cost of living, lack of job opportunities, or inability to stay in college.

Here is a list of common reasons a young adult may consider counseling:

  • Lack of clarity and direction in life, school, college, career, and relationships
  • Difficulty striving for independence from family and home
  • Anxiety and depression related to unexpected life changes
  • Confusion about self-identity and life purpose
  • Difficulties adjusting to new circumstances, college, jobs, or relationships
  • Living at home with parents and feeling frustrated, disempowered, and lonely
  • Desiring spiritual and personal growth as an adult
  • Feeling stagnate or stuck, unproductive, and without drive in current life circumstances
  • Entering into a new commitment, (relationship, career, new town, etc.), and feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or uncertain
  • Struggling with life skills such as: budgeting, time management, balancing work/school/social life.

If you are a college-aged student or young adult seeking counseling to help support and guide you through this time, please take a look at some recent FAQs to learn more about the counseling journey and Contact me to schedule an initial appointment.

Q: I have never been to counseling before.  What should I expect?

A:  If you have never been to counseling, it can seem a little different than what you may have seen on TV or in movies.  Counseling is a safe, confidential service where you meet one-on-one with a therapist to work through difficulties and concerns you are experiencing. It is a place where you can begin to discover who you really are.

If you choose to schedule therapy sessions with me, we would begin by allowing you to talk about your thoughts and feelings.  I will help guide you by asking questions, using metaphors or stories, and therapy frameworks. I will teach you various skills that will help you move forward and achieve your personal goals.  I am a non-judgmental person who will not tell you what to do or how to solve the problem, yet I will act as a compassionate leader encouraging your own process.  I am not here to “FIX” you; I am here to help you discover your true self, gifts, and ideas.  Therapy looks different for each person. There is no cookie-cutter way of conducting therapy. Based on your needs, I will act as a team player and this will enhance our working relationship. Therapy is a great option for young adults!

Q: I am over 18, but I am still on my parens insurance and I live at home. Can I schedule my own appointments?

A: YES, YES and YES! You are an adult, and by law your medical care has to be approved by you. You will need to call and set up your own appointments. You will need to bring your insurance card to your first appointment so we can make a copy of it. Call the number on the back of your card that says “Member services” and ask if counseling is a covered benefit. Ask the representative if you have a co-pay or a deductible, and ask the representative to explain to you what your deductible is. Contact Me if you have any questions about this. I can help you navigate your insurance.

Q: Do I have to use my insurance?

A: No, if you don’t want to use your insurance for your counseling, you can pay for the sessions with a credit/debit card, check or cash. Check rates! Also, ask me about affordable therapy options for you.

Q: Are my parents going to know about my counseling sessions and what we talk about?

A: Your parents can only be notified if you have given me written permission. Your family is welcome to be a part of your counseling journey upon your request.  Everything you share in counseling is confidential unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or others.  If I feel that it would be helpful to have your parents participate in the sessions, I will talk to you about this. We can then determine how to proceed.

Q: How do I get started?

A: Give me a call and we can set up an initial session. We will determine if I am a good fit for your counseling needs. I can’t wait to meet you! Come on over to my meet Vanessa page for an introduction.

See you soon!