Victoria Therapy for Young Adults

Therapy for Young Adults in Victoria, BC

Young adults (also termed “emerging adults”) are individuals in their late teens, early twenties, and can even extend to mid 30s or older. This is dependent on the level and time of developmental issues which affect the process of transition into full adulthood.


Issues for young adults may include:

  • Difficulties with peers
  • Developmental concerns
  • School challenges
  • Career challenges
  • Family challenges
  • Relational difficulties
  • Sexual concerns
  • Identity crisis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Confusion
  • Shame/guilt
  • Stress/pressure
  • Disordered eating
  • Obsession
  • Substance abuse
  • A challenged worldview

Any challenges faced by young adults are nothing to be ashamed of. It’s okay. You are not alone. Among the resources available, Kendra holds a space for you to feel safe to open up to yourself and explore what it means to be you and who you are becoming.

This period of time can be overwhelming. With so many choices, life decisions may cause stress and overload to the system. By approaching issues from a holistic mind-body perspective, a greater sense of awareness, safety, groundedness, and security can be attained. These states are important in the process of emerging into adulthood.


Benefits of working with Kendra for young adults include:

  • Being better able to cope with pressure
  • Increased capacity to deal with stress
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Reduced feelings of anger, shame, hatred
  • Feeling more at peace, content, happy
  • An increased ability to live in the present
  • An increased ability to enjoy life
  • The ability to feel safe and secure
  • Increased sense of self
  • Developing strong and balanced boundaries
  • Defining who you are and who you are becoming
  • Increased mindfulness
  • Decreased co-dependent relationships
  • Increased interdependent relationships
  • The development of a cohesive worldview
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The young adult phase comes with rapid physiological, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes. New responsibilities and roles include further education experiences, entering into the workforce, moving away from family, different living situations, and maybe even starting your own family.

You may be asking, “what am I going to do with my life?” Although there is a desire for independence, financial worry and strain may also come during this time of transition.

Although this may be a time to embrace exploring possibilities and opportunities, pursuing friendships and intimate relationships, it may also be an overwhelming and confusing time. This dissonance, combined with societal expectations of young adults, may lead to states of depression and anxiety.

Take a breath. The transition into adulthood is now understood to be much longer than in previous decades. It’s okay. You can take your time. There is no “user’s manual” for becoming an adult and with new media, the resources for modelling are less to be desired. With increased options, decisions are becoming even more challenging. By developing a strong sense of self, and learning who you are becoming, these decisions may come with more ease.

Take the space you need to breathe as you journey along the winding path. You will find your way home.


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Did you know...

Jon Kabat-Zinn says, "As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you," but what if you don't feel this? What if you're breathing and it feels all wrong? It's okay. You're not alone. You can come back to the feeling of rightness, wholeness, and connection.


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