Young Adult Challenges
You graduated, you're on your own, finally getting to live the life you imagined! But it's not at all how you imagined or what was promised. Pandemic, racism, historically low wages, an affordable housing crisis, unstable politics, environmental crisis, late-stage capitalism - and on top of all that you're honestly still trying to figure out who you are, what your identities are, who you love, and what kind of relationship works best for you. That's a helluva lot to be worrying about, but here we are.
Anxiety & Depression
It may sound wild, but anxiety and depression are natural reactions to overwhelming and complicated situations and experiences. It's our body's way of protecting us! But it's pretty inconvenient when you're just trying to live the life you want.
Boundaries & Relationships
Struggling with boundaries is a societal norm because our society wants us to push past boundaries all. the. time. Work harder! smarter! longer! Be available now! are all messages we've received over and over again. It's no wonder you struggle to say, "nah, I'm not feeling that." Boundaries and relationships go hand in hand because a relationship itself is a boundary, and a healthy relationship has both internal and external boundaries.
Figuring out who you are is a life long journey because humans are not robots. We grow, flex, shift, and morph throughout our lives. But we do have a core, specific traits that will always be there to some extent. Maybe you have an idea of what your core is, but maybe it's being covered up by all of the messages our cishet normative society gives.
My Expertise & Approach
Well... I've been there! As an 80's child, I've experienced so many disappointments and disillusionments as I entered the adult world. In addition to living through this phase myself, I spent many years working with teens and young adults as they grappled with all of the challenges mentioned on this page.
I approach this type of work with compassion, wanting to hear and see you, ask the tough questions to support you in coming to the tough and real answers. We can role play and try on new identities. I am always collecting resources and am happy to link you up with supports in our Asheville community and beyond. I also encourage journaling, collaging, and any other form of expression, and bringing that into our sessions to provide a deeper, richer understanding of your self. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, click below to reach out and schedule a quick call to see if we'd be a good fit.