The developmental stage of adulthood comes with
individual factors and phases to navigate.
Individual therapy can be a fruitful and evolutionary experience for those who want to explore their own personal desires and challenges to ultimately grow and heal. In individual therapy, you may wish to address some of the following general issues, which are common across developmental stages:
- Anger Issues
- Navigating relationships
- Phase of life challenges
- Personal growth & development
- Identity issues
- Stress management
Please continue reading to learn more about services for young adults and older adults specifically.
Therapy for Young Adults (Ages 18-30)
Young adults often struggle with big life changes and transitions.
We are typically expected to have things “figured out” before we even graduate high school. This includes whether you want to go to college or not, what kind of career path you want to go into, how you’re going to support yourself financially – essentially, what you are going to do with your whole life. Most of the time, those big life questions do not get answered right away, and usually take a bit of trial and error. Furthermore, it helps to have a deeper sense of who you are before you can fully find what brings you joy and fulfillment in life.
You may be seeking to better understand yourself and your needs first. You may have questions about your identity, sexuality, gender expression, the types of relationships or friendships you want in your life, finding your sense of purpose, and more.
Common areas of focus in therapy for young adults:
- College or furthering education
- Career path exploration and decision-making
- Gender expression
- Pressure from family
- Pressure from society
- Identity exploration
- Dating or relationships
- Social issues
- Substance use or experimentation
- Sense of purpose
Therapy for Older Adults (Ages 55+)
Older adulthood is a time of reflection, meaning, and purpose.
As we age, we accumulate experiences and relationships that shape who we are. For older adults, it is common to begin reflecting on your life in total, including who you’ve become and the choices you’ve made, leading you to where you are now. In addition to navigating daily life, this reflection process may bring up difficult feelings and thoughts that are overwhelming.
Older adulthood begins roughly around the age of 55, but it’s important to note that, regardless of your numerical age, you might be at a point where you would like to understand yourself and your purpose more fully. Older adults often find themselves navigating various stressors unique to their age and life stage, such as medical challenges, loss of loved ones, and changes in pace of life.
Common areas of focus in therapy for older adults:
- Anxiety or worry
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Mood swings
- Isolation or loneliness
- Loss of interest in activities
- Physical or medical issues
- Loss of sense of purpose or passion
- Loss of independence
- Sleep irregularities
- Substance use
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty finding community
- Issues with intimacy or relationships
Here at New Leaf, we pride ourselves on our belief that connection and community are essential to our wellbeing. Therefore, when you meet with a therapist, they will likely want to take the time to get to know more about you and your unique circumstances so that they can connect you with valuable resources and community outlets.
Whether you’re seeking guidance and support through a difficult time personally or in relationships, transitioning through phases of adulthood, or experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma, individual therapy might be the right place for you. Although you may be attending sessions alone, your therapist will assist you in developing stronger connections with others in your life and in your community.
In a safe and healing environment, we will help you navigate toward your own, individualized goals in therapy. Cultivating a stronger sense of power and control will help you develop the peace and clarity necessary to thrive. With professional guidance, support, and expertise, we will facilitate you creating the change you seek in your life – whatever that may be for you.
If you’re looking for a knowledgeable, authentic therapist for individual therapy in
Ventura or Los Angeles County, please don’t hesitate to connect with us today.