Online Counseling for College Students & Young Adults

Overcome Anxiety and Stress, Discover Who You Really Are, and Learn How to Create the Relationships and Life You Truly Love

Online Counseling for College Students & Young Adults in San Francisco, CAYou’ve arrived. You’re an independent adult, with all the power and responsibility that entails. You’re not only deciding who you are, but who you want to be … and how you’ll get there.

So why doesn’t it feel as glorious as you thought it would?

What you may not have realized previously is that being a young adult is a time of rapid and immense change that can be both exciting and scary.

From moving away from home and forming new friendships, to peer pressure, choosing a career path, higher education, and entering the workforce, the pressure of young adulthood is real.

The good news is that you have more options today than any other generation before you. Of course, that’s something of a double-edged sword …

It means you face more expectations, responsibilities, and choices now that you’re “the person in charge.” Between choosing the right relationships, making a name for yourself, and supporting yourself financially, its all too easy to lose sight of who you are and start to feel stressed out, overwhelmed, frustrated, stuck and confused.

Of course, you knew there would be some ups and downs as you entered this new phase of life. But you probably didn’t realize how challenging and consuming some issues could be, and you start to wonder whether something is “wrong” with you that’s making all these challenges feel more difficult than necessary.

Well, let me assure you that NOTHING is “wrong” with you.

Most of these issues are a natural part of the transition into adulthood, and you’re far from alone in experiencing them.

Unfortunately, feeling overwhelmed and stressed can make it difficult to think clearly or make sound decisions. And if left unaddressed, these feelings can all too easily snowball into more serious symptoms of anxiety and depression that affect your motivation, mood, and mental, emotional, and physical health. In fact, it’s for all of these reasons that most mental health issues start in young adulthood.

But this doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do … that you just need to grit your teeth and struggle through.

Adulthood CAN be so much better. And help is available to make sure yours is!

How Counseling & Therapy Can Help Young Adults

Can’t you just try talking things through with family members and friends?

Why should you consider getting some professional help instead of just “toughing it out” and hoping everything resolves itself?

I hear these questions a lot, and there are a couple of reasons why neither route is an effective alternative to getting some professional counseling and therapy …

First of all, many young adults feel uncomfortable discussing their problems with family members and friends. Actually, young adults often seek out counseling for help with issues in these very relationships. And even if this isn’t the case for you, friends and family members have their own expectations, needs, and biases that mean they can’t be truly objective about your situation.

Only professional counseling and therapy can provide you a confidential, safe, nonjudgmental space in which to explore your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors.

Perhaps more importantly, being an adult entails accepting responsibility for who we are, who you want to be, and doing what’s necessary to create the change we seek.

Hoping things work out is the opposite of intentionally creating change.

If you want to not just hope and survive, but thrive and create positive, lasting change in your relationships and your life, then you need to create the time and space to objectively explore who you are and what you need to feel happy and fulfilled.

Professional counseling and therapy can help you:

  • Navigate family expectations and relationships, including helping you decide the right time to leave the nest, overcome feelings of homesickness, have those difficult conversations, and achieve independence while staying emotionally connected;
  • Overcome anxiety, stress and depression, whether those feelings are about making the right personal, educational, or career-related choices, your relationships, becoming successful, or supporting yourself financially;
  • Create fulfilling relationships with friends, professors, bosses, colleagues, and peers, so you feel genuinely supported and cared for;
  • Raise your self-confidence and self-esteem, work through any feelings you may have about being an “impostor” or “not good enough,” and learn to truly value, appreciate and love who you are, as you are;
  • Develop and connect with support networks; and
  • Better understand your Self, get clear about what YOU value, believe, and want most out of life, and learn how to move forward and achieve YOUR goals at a pace that’s right for you.

As a professional counselor and psychotherapist who’s spent the better part of the past decade helping teens and adolescents navigate the transition to college and the beginnings of their young adult lives, I’m here to let you know that …

Despite what anyone tells you, you don’t need to have it all figured out.

What many people don’t want to admit or face is that life is a continuous process of growth and change. However, once you realize and embrace that fact, everything else becomes much easier, more rewarding, and fun.

This is what counseling and therapy are all about: learning to embrace change, discover who you really are, and create the relationships and life you desire and deserve.

Are Counseling & Therapy Right for You?

Like all major life transitions, moving from adolescence into adulthood can leave us feeling vulnerable and lost as we’re forced to reevaluate our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and beliefs – whether those thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and beliefs are ours or someone else’s and whether they’ve been helping us or not.

The good news is that this means young adulthood is also an ideal time to learn more about yourself and decide what you want most out of life.

My job as a psychotherapist is to help you explore your values and beliefs and align your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with who you really are, so you can let go of any unnecessary tension, cope with and move past anxiety and depression, communicate more effectively with others, and live a more authentic and joyous life.

And it doesn’t have to take a long time. You don’t need to be in therapy until you’re middle-aged!

You decide on your goals for our work together, and we’ll figure out the most effective and efficient ways of achieving them.

Of course, whether to seek professional counseling and therapy is entirely up to you. We always have a choice …

But why decide to keep struggling, trying to push through and do it all on your own, alone, when you can ask for and get the help you need and deserve.

Remember, as difficult as transitioning into adulthood can be, it’s also an incredible opportunity to grow and lay the foundations for a bright future. You just need to be willing to ask the right questions, explore who you are, and better understand your Self.

If you’re ready to embrace this time in your life, discover your personal power and feel confident and comfortable making big decisions, enjoy exploring all of the possibilities for the future, and make sure you’re on the right path for you, I encourage you to contact me today at 415-990-9976 or lindsay@lindsaydurgan.com with any questions you have. I look forward to meeting you and helping you create the relationships and life you love!

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Online Counseling for College Students & Young Adults in San Francisco, California – Lindsay Durgan, LMFT

What Clients and Colleagues Have to Say

“My time working with Lindsay has been nothing short of transformative. Throughout my journey as a teen and young adult struggling with anxiety and depression, I’ve had 6 different therapists, all of whom never really helped me scratch the surface of what was going on with me. However, in one short year with Lindsay my mental health has improved significantly. To my surprise, I’ve also found that participating in online, virtual therapy with Lindsay has given me more support than any face-to-face therapy I’ve had previously. Teletherapy with Lindsay has given my healing journey the flexibility I’ve needed, and I offer nothing but praise to Lindsay as an amazing therapist and an incredibly caring person.”

– Freshman college student (female)
San Francisco, CA