College Students

Common Issues for College Students
At college, you're often separated from your family for the first time in your life. There's pressure from all sides – academically, socially, parentally – and from yourself, especially if you're a perfectionist. If you're a woman in a male-dominated field of study, the pressure can be even greater. As a grad student, you can face dissertation difficulties, as well as frustration in your interactions with your advisors. Personally, you often face the challenges of nurturing new relationships, as well as ending relationships that aren't working any more. If you're from another country, you can feel very lonely as you try to adjust to your new cultural environment. If you're feeling confused about your identity, including your sexual orientation, things can get even trickier.

The list goes on. The good news is, you don't have to figure out how to tackle all of these problems by yourself. With 10 years as a faculty member, as well as many years as a student myself, I understand what you're going through. Additionally, I have valuable experience from working in the Stanford student counseling center and leading support groups for graduate students.

How Can Counseling Help?
From freshman rookies to multi-degree grads, many of the students I work with experience a clearer sense of identity and increased self-acceptance. In addition to the better relationship they have with themselves, they learn the skills to develop more satisfying relationships with others, and better understand their own unique way of relating with the world. They may find improved academic performance and be able to move through the inevitable transitions of life more comfortably.

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