Counseling Services

Young Adult Transitions

All life transitions are tough, but the space between adolescence and adulthood can be particularly challenging.

This space, now referred to as “Emerging Adulthood” is a relatively new phase of development that has only surfaced in the past half century, mostly in industrialized societies. It is in this phase of life where individuals often make decisions about their education and career, worldviews are explored, and identities are formed. The possibilities are endless and overwhelming.

Emerging adults often have a subjective sense that they have left adolescence, but also shy away from characterizing themselves as an adult. This uncertainty can be confusing and generate intense feelings of instability.

Common Emerging Adulthood transitions can include:

  • Graduating high school
  • Moving away from home
  • Starting college
  • Graduating college
  • Beginning a professional career

There are a variety of ways to explore the challenges of emerging adulthood. And we believe it’s important to address any underlying issues and patterns of behavior that may further complicate emerging adulthood. Once identified, we will help the client to develop insight and increase distress tolerance skills.