Emerging Adults

Emerging Adults Mental Health Services

Becoming self-sufficient in the Information Age is harder than ever. Psychologist Jeffrey Jensen Arnett coined the term “Emerging Adulthood” to describe the developmental challenges of 18 to 25 year olds. He noted that the date of first marriage, financial independence and childbirth are occurring in the late 20s or early 30s. The key developmental milestones during this phase of life require learning to make long-term commitments.

Late adolescence into early adulthood is a time where many search for identity as they separate from their families and learn to navigate the adult world. This period has become longer for many who postpone getting married and having children in pursuit of academic and career goals. This is a time of significant transition. Many emerging adults find themselves feeling anxious, lost, or depressed if they do not feel they have the tools to succeed on their own. Furthermore, emerging adults who have dealt with AD/HD and learning disabilities may need specialized support to help them transition into a more independent role in their lives. Parents of emerging adults can often feel just as anxious about their child launching from their home and may inadvertently prevent true autonomy from occurring.

Counseling for emerging adults mental health focuses on developing life skills in the following areas: organization and time management, developing a healthy lifestyle, learning to be assertive, and learning to negotiate conflicts with peers and adults. Treatment begins with an initial interview that may lead to more thorough psychological assessment to better understand the emerging adult’s emotions and behaviors. Career assessment can provide objective information to assist in career and academic planning. If individual counseling appears appropriate, the emerging adult is given freedom to decide how involved they would like their parents to be in their growth process. Emerging adults need to find a balance between taking on more responsibility for making decisions, while also reaching out for support from other experienced people in their lives. Family therapy is also available for parents that need assistance in best supporting their emerging adult.

Our staff is qualified to offer individual, group, and family therapy to emerging adults. Specialized psychological evaluation and treatment services are available for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities.

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Here is a list of useful books:

Emerging Adulthood The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties, by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults. Mindy Bingham and Sandy Stryker, 1990.