Young Adult Anxiety Counseling
Individual Anxiety Counseling for Emerging Adults in Chicago, Illinois
You are smart, creative, and driven. Teachers and coaches nurtured your potential. Your parents only want you to be happy, but the only thing you feel is anxiety. Is this as good as it gets?
The overwhelming doubts and worries you feel today can be transformed into inspiration for a better life. We are here to help you create the life you want to live.
Young Adult Anxiety Counseling Success Stories
When Kate began counseling, she was in a bad place with her parents. Even though she had a full-time job and a college degree, her parents were constantly worried that she would binge-drink and get hurt. Kate felt frustrated by their non-stop worry, but also knew that she needed to change what she was doing so they could trust her.
After a short round of counseling, Kate was able to drink in moderation while setting healthy boundaries with her parents. Kate realized that she hated her job, and got one more suited to her goals. As her parents began to trust her more, she went through the day free of non-stop text messages and phone calls. This gave Kate the space to start dating and living life as a true adult. Kate felt healthy, confident, and assured.
When Chris came to counseling, he was breaking point. Everything he loved had been lost. After enduring months of a bad relationship and the eventual break-up, Chris self-medicated by binge drinking and using any drug he could find when he was out with friends. After being arrested for drunken assault, Chris lost his job - the one thing that gave him hope and purpose. Strapped for cash, Chris had to rely on his parents for financial support, which came at the high cost of them constantly calling and texting. He felt abandoned by all of his friends.
By the time counseling was completed, Chris reaped the benefits of using healthy coping skills that gave him control over his life. He was able to drink socially, but never to the point of blacking out. He got a job he loved, started a new creative project, and earned the respect of his friends by helping them understand what he had overcome. His friends admired his transformation. Confident in his path, Chris was able to manage communication with his parents on his own terms. Chris created the life he wanted to live.
When Megan started counseling, she felt as though she had lost control over her life. Even though drinking was a concern, she struggled the most with feelings of abandonment. Her dating relationships never ended well, and she felt abandoned by friends and family. Over time, her cries for help were met with silence. She was intelligent and driven to succeed, but needed to feel as though someone believed in her ability to change.
By the time counseling was completed, Megan had healed past wounds that got triggered by her present-day relationships. She was able to set boundaries with others while determining her future direction. Once she felt free of chronic anxiety, Megan realized that she was on the wrong career path for her happiness. She began a new career that gave her hope and purpose. Megan began to trust her intuition in guiding her life choices.
Note: To protect client confidentiality, all stories above are composites of multiple clients we have worked with in our practice.
Counseling can help you create the life you want. Here's how:
Skillfully manage anxiety so that anxiety doesn't manage you.
Sometimes you need a comfortable space to hear yourself think. Counseling gives you space to figure out what to do next. Self-awareness flourishes when you can get centered and calm. Counseling can help you explore your values, consider your decisions, and feel good about your future by revealing your true direction. Counseling can help you get in the driver's seat of your life.
Understand the "why" behind your problem drinking.
When you're a young adult, drinking to the point of blacking out is a red flag for something else. Unlike adults in middle age who struggle with alcohol dependence, you may only drink on weekends or at special occasions. But blacking out when you drink again and again means that something else is wrong. You shouldn't have to live in fear of blacking out. Counseling can help. We can help you figure out what hurts, where things are feeling stuck, and how to feel confident enjoying social drinking.
Create the life you want to live.
Our attentive counselors will help you remove obstacles in your life. The most common concerns we address with our young adults are:
- Dating and relationship problems
- Alcohol abuse and problem drinking
- Self-medicating anxiety
- Low self-esteem/lack of confidence
- Challenging relationships with parents
- Social stress and friendship issues
If you are ready to realize your inner potential, we are here to help. Whether you are dealing with chronic feelings of anxiety or are stressed about a current situation, we are here to coach you towards success.
What about alcohol moderation strategies?
We know that problem drinking in young adults is often a red flag for something else. Unlike middle-aged adults with alcohol dependence, twenty-somethings tend to have a different relationship with alcohol. Ask yourself the following:
- Do you only overdrink when you're with certain friends, but find yourself drinking to the point of blacking out?
- Are you someone who only drinks a few days per week, but smokes weed on the other days?
- Are your parents worried about your drinking?