You’ve heard people reference it as “the best time in your life,” but that’s not your experience. College has been overwhelming. It’s been difficult to navigate, and you’re experiencing challenges you didn’t expect. There are fleeting moments where you feel enjoyment, even excitement, but overall, you feel lost.
It may be the future and professional aspirations that present questions you don’t know how to answer…
You don’t know what major to pick or what you want to do with your life in a professional capacity. You thought you had some ideas, but now those have fallen apart. You feel directionless and hopeless about the future. You feel pressure to have it all figured out, but in reality, you have more questions than answers.
It may be the academic component of college that you’re struggling with…
The classes are hard or uninteresting, and you’re not doing as well as you’d like. Maybe good grades came easily in high school, but now they don’t. You find yourself getting behind on homework and projects. Tests put you under tremendous pressure. They feel impossible, and you’re ready to give up.
It may be the social aspect of college that’s presenting problems…
The safety net of a previous friend group from high school may feel long gone, and you find yourself starting from scratch. Social situations are intimidating. You don’t know what to say or do. You feel embarrassed and like everyone is judging you. Or maybe, you have established friends, but they feel distant and don’t understand you. You don’t know what changed, but suddenly, there is tension and discomfort between you.
It may be the complexities of dating that have you doubting yourself…
Navigating romantic relationships is confusing. You may feel unsure how to meet someone or develop your relationship further. Or maybe you had a breakup, and you don’t know how to pull yourself together. The pain you feel is so intense that you can’t think about anything else, and your responsibilities are slipping.
“I don’t know what I’m doing!” – Every student ever
What’s described above are typical difficulties many college students face. These problems can feel daunting, but you don’t have to face them alone. We routinely see people who attend Colorado State University (CSU), Front Range Community College (FRCC), and many other universities. We have extensive experience working with college students helping them gain confidence, clarity, and more fulfilled lives.
My college offers counseling. Should I go to the campus counseling center or see a therapist in the community?
Many campuses offer some form of counseling services to their students. However, there are potential disadvantages you may want to consider:
- Session frequency every 4-6 weeks
- Number of sessions limited (i.e. 3-5 total)
- Student therapists with less experience
- Less confidentiality with sessions being on campus
Overall, working with a therapist in the community can provide higher quality services, more consistency, and avoids the problems noted above.
If you’d like to take the first steps to feeling better, please contact us today for an appointment.