College Safety Net For Students and Parents
- Are you a college student overwhelmed by stress?
- Far from home?
- Feel like you are falling behind?
- Is it hard to get up in the morning?
- Don’t know who to turn to for help?
I’d like to help.
In the midst of challenging new relationships and changes in relationships with family, it’s not unusual to find things unmanageable. Many college students find that these pressures along with academic demands more stressful. Especially with family and friends are far away. These are critical years and even a few weeks of missing classes or failing assignments can have lasting impact beyond the semester. This is a challenging time.
I have found in the nearly two decades of working with college students that coaching and counseling can make an enormous difference.
Don’t let another day go by struggling alone.
Why is it so hard to talk to your parents sometimes?
Why is it so easy to feel like they don’t trust you to know what you need to do?
Sometimes, it feels so good to know a parent is only a phone call away but other times just hearing their ringtone or seeing they’ve texted can make you feel even more stressed then you already are.
You have worked hard to get to college and you are trying your best, but sometimes things get so hard that it might be difficult to get to class, it gets easier to skip a meal or have too much to drink and despite your best intentions, your confidence and achievements are slipping away from you.
I can help you get back on track, remember the things that do work for you and find new ways of coping with the challenges you are facing. I have been helping college and graduate school students for nearly twenty years and know what it takes to enjoy and be proud of your time at school.
College can be hard on parents, too.
- Are you a parent getting late night or frequent phone calls?
- Do you worry that you might need to make a sudden trip to Boston?
- Does it sound like college stress is unmanageable?
Most of the time you don’t worry too much about the child you’ve raised and sent to college in Boston. You’ve probably done a good job of instilling a sense of responsibility and the values that will serve someone throughout life. Sometimes, though, it might be just a tone of voice, or a tearful phone call about a roommate or you hear something that makes you concerned and suddenly you are anxious and upset because you can’t seem to help your child feel or do better. Those are the times when you wish you had someone to call, someone that could reassure you and provide the counseling, coaching or therapy that your son or daughter seems to need.
You might wonder why go outside of the college for counseling services.
It’s a good question and one which is understandable because those services are included in the cost of attending a school. Unfortunately, this is also why college counseling centers are unable to serve every student that might want help. This means that someone can wait weeks for an appointment, only to be seen by an intern and referred to an outside clinician who will be charging for services.
While college counseling centers can be great in an emergency, they are also concerned not just with the emotional well being of the students they see, but also with the institution’s liability. In addition, because your child is legally an adult, the counseling center is unlikely to speak with you at all.
Lets discuss it all first with a phone call or email.
When you call me <link to contact page>, I can take time to help you sort out whether the services I offer are what is best for your son or daughter and what else you might do to help get them through a difficult time. I make a commitment to having a session available within days of your college student contacting me. All sessions are confidential and the school never needs to know that therapeutic services have been accessed.
I have special training and experience to help parents and their college age children navigate a transitional time. These are years when relationships once characterized by dependency become the more autonomous and mutually respectful ones that fortunate families achieve. I have worked with many families for over 20 years and have seen first hand what a difference therapy, counseling and coaching can make.
I can help your family navigate these waters and look forward to hearing from you.
College Safety Net is a special service offered where parents make a minimum deposit of $500 into an account in order to provide 200 minutes of supportive coaching in person, by phone or with FaceTime. If it turns out that a client of college safety net has a need for greater support than this allows, I will make a recommendation to the student to request that they transition to psychotherapy and will provide referrals to their college counseling center, another clinician or will make time in my own practice to develop a therapeutic treatment.