Nancy Newport LPC, LMFT
Young adults leaving home for the first time notice issues surfacing that come to their attention in a bigger way now that they are on their own. Common issues that surface are about self-esteem, relationships, safety, decision making, problem solving, spirituality, and getting along with family.
We tend to all need guidance about relationships, particularly romantic relationships. We in this society still have a tendency to lose ourselves in relationship and this is particularly true in the early romantic relationship we form. Young adults can benefit from an increased awareness of the dynamics of their relationship and communication tools to enhance them. Identification of problematic patterns that evolve in
There is much to master in life, including learning how to negotiate our way in a larger world with rules and hidden agendas that we may not fully appreciate or understand. Successful independence includes keeping ourselves safe, not being vulnerable to situations that could compromise our autonomy, our control over ourselves. Many young people leave home not fully equipped to accomplish this. An excellent book is The Gift of Fear by Gavin deBecker available at http://www.amazon.com.
Another area of interest to this age group is exploring spirituality. Most young people in their twenties are on a spiritual quest. It is part of figuring out “Who am I? Why am I here?” Supporting young folks in that exploration is very gratifying
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.