therapy for anxious teens & twenty-somethings

The teens and twenties are full of BIG changes.

Change can include navigating the challenging years of middle and high school; going away to college for the first time; or simply learning to manage the pressure that comes with finding your place in your career and professional world.

While change is exciting, it can also lead to stress.

Prolonged and untreated stress can morph into anxiety that leaves you feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. If you have another tab open where you are Googling physical symptoms (such as unexplained aches and pains, upset stomach, or tightness in the chest), you’ve come to the right place.

Anxiety can impact all aspects of health, and it makes life really hard.

Here’s the good news: therapy CAN help.

Most people are nervous to admit some of the things that have been on their anxious mind. You have lived with many of these thoughts, fears, and worries for a long time, and it is a deeply personal process to gather up the courage to admit how bad things have gotten inside your mind.

Believe it or not, most of your thoughts are more common than you may realize. Thoughts become more powerful when we hide them away and live in fear of them. You can put it all on the table with no judgement here.

You don’t have to do this alone anymore, and I’ve got your back every step of the way.

Here are things I typically hear about from clients in the first session:

  • “I feel dizzy and nauseous when I get anxious, and it feels like I’m having a heart attack. Is this a panic attack?”
  • “Everyone else has their life together, and I’m terrified of the future.”
  • “I can’t speak up when I’m in a group because I’m so nervous. I wish I felt more confident.”
  • “I have these bizarre and scary thoughts that don’t make sense to me- and I can’t get them out of my head.”
  • “There is so much drama at school, and I’m so sad that my friends don’t even want to be my friends anymore.”
  • “I can’t handle college. I cry all the time and phone calls with my mom are the only thing getting me through right now.”
  • “I’ve been cutting myself and I don’t know how else to cope.”

Put simply: You’re exhausted from stress & worry, and you really just want to feel better.

I’ve supported teens, the parents who love them, and young adults in various roles and settings for almost a decade. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Stressed out teens & young adults can cultivate calm, confidence, and resilience to better prepare them to handle life‘s challenges.

Families can also learn to communicate better, find more patience for one another, and strengthen relationships.

You’ve already taken the first brave step of showing up here. You’re ready to do the work, and I am here to support you every step of the way.

Let’s get started today!

The first step in the intake process for new clients is to set up a free fifteen-minute phone consultation. During this initial phone call, you can tell me a bit about what are you seeking from therapy, and I can answer any questions you have before getting our first appointment set up. Send me a message below to schedule your phone consultation and let’s get started today!

Barb Shepard, LMHC

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