Finding Your Way: Help For Adolescents & Young Adults

Looking back, nobody really tells you just how hard it is to grow up and "find yourself" and that that process may happen sooner for some, while others still feel lost in some way decades later. Which is not to say that the journey along the way can't be filled with intrigue and lots of interesting learning experiences.  It's absolutely heartbreaking in therapy sessions as twenty-somethings sob "it was supposed to be different, and easier." Accepting the fact that people do things in their own way and on different timelines should be acknowledged and normalized for adolescents and young adults, so that those who do meander don't feel so broken, or hopeless. Adolescents and young adults really struggle to find their way in the world -- finding purpose and meaning feels hard. Many have to go it alone without solid role models or mentors. Leo Babauta makes a good point when he says, and I paraphrase, that even the kids who seem to be on a path (think doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc.), often find themselves rethinking things later. My adolescents and young adult clients in therapy often say things like "everyone else seems happy and just know what they want accept me." Maybe, but maybe not, and perhaps they too will one day find themselves rethinking their chosen paths. I love this sage advice for the "young and trying to figure it all out" from Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits. Really awesome, read it here...  zenhabits.net 

Kim Seelbrede is a former Miss USA and a New York City psychotherapist, coach, consultant and EMDR therapist who specializes in a holistic approach to therapy and coaching, working with adults, adolescents and couples. Kimberly is trained to collaborate with you in developing the insight and coping skills to address many concerns including: relationships, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, self-esteem, self-harm, ADD, ADHD, social difficulties, adolescent challenges, family issues, underachievement, perfectionism, identity and sexuality concerns, addictions, compulsions, OCD, binge eating, PTSD, trauma, transitions, life purpose, spirituality, health concerns, weight management, stress management, performance problems, life balance, meditation and mindfulness support.  Please email her to arrange a consultation in her Manhattan office or online via Skype. 

Kim completed her graduate studies at New York University and has advanced post-graduate psychotherapy training and also holds an advanced certificate to practice EMDR therapy as well as specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT skills, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and applies the work of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and her training with The Gottman Institute in her work with couples. She Is a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 RYT) trained with the Urban Zen Foundation.

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