Telehealth Sessions For College Students
If you’re a college student in 2020, stress is probably at the top of your list of concerns…closely followed by loneliness, feeling isolated, and feeling overwhelmed.
With the Coronavirus shutting down schools, it is impacting your college plans and internships, robbing you of the college experience you imagined, and may be leaving you feeling alone and defeated.
College students have a lot to deal with even when there isn’t a global pandemic—between internships, adjusting to life away from home, academic pressure, extracurriculars, students have their hands full. Add to that the growing anxiety around the Coronavirus and the depression that often comes with being isolated from your peers, and it becomes clear why mental health concerns among college students are on the rise.
While college is all about learning to adapt to your new life in unexpected ways, this global pandemic takes that to a new level.
According to a 2017 survey of more than 63,000 students at 92 universities from the American College Health Association, 39 percent of (both male and female) students surveyed reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some point during the previous year. Nearly 61 percent felt “overwhelming anxiety” and 87 percent felt “overwhelmed by all you had to do.”
So if you’re currently in college and feeling like you’re drowning under the pressure, I want you to know that you are not alone. And, more importantly, there are resources out there that can help.
Before opening my private practice, I was a therapist at Johnson & Wales University for their college students. I spent years helping students deal with anxiety, depression, adjusting to life away from their family, healing from family or origin issues, and healing from trauma.
When college students reach out to me for support, I often ask what took them so long to ask for help. I often hear things such as:
- I don’t want to be weak
- I don’t have time
- I didn’t think my problems warranted counseling
- I can handle this on my own
- I can’t afford it
- I’m not that stressed
- I was so focused on keeping my head above water, I didn’t realize how much I was struggling
- What would others think if they knew I was going to counseling?
As a college counselor, I know firsthand the benefits that students can reap by taking advantage of mental health services. If you’re struggling at all, help is available. Here’s what you need to know:
College Is an Ideal Time to Learn Who You Are – As you are more and more on your own, you have the opportunity to take a closer look at who you want to be and how you want to make decisions. You’re at an in-between stage of adolescence and adulthood that you’ll never get back … earning how to handle stress, anxiety, and depression during this time is crucial for your current and future wellbeing.
Confidentiality – While going to counseling isn’t something to be ashamed of, many college students worry about what others will think if they know they’re going to counseling. While many worry about the cultural stigma of counseling, it’s important to not let this impact your decision to get the help you need. If you feel nervous that others will know you’re going to counseling, remember that therapists are bound by their professional code of ethics to maintain confidentiality (for example, if your counselor has reason to believe that you may harm yourself or others, there are necessary steps he or she will have to take to promote the safety of everyone involved). Video sessions are also an option, so you can have your session from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment.
It doesn’t have to be a weekly commitment – It’s important to know that going to your first session doesn’t mean you are committing to weekly sessions. You and your therapist can talk about the frequency that is most supportive to you. While consistent sessions are often most effective, bi-weekly, monthly, or as needed is also an option.
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I am offering online video therapy sessions to college students at a reduced fee of $50 for a 45 minute session. This is limited to 6 sessions, after which we will re-evaluate your needs.
This offer is *only* available to Colorado residents currently residing in Colorado.
Please reach out to me regarding reduced fee sessions for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis. Evening and weekend sessions available.
$50 for individual 45 minute sessions
$90 for 45 minute couples sessions
60% off Brene Brown’s Rising Strong Intensive
After 6 sessions, we will assess if more sessions are needed and at what rate.