Counseling for College Students

Are you struggling with balancing your academic and social life?

Are you having problems meeting new friends, getting along with roommates, or having difficulty fitting in?

Does thinking about life after college leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed?

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College might be the first time that you’ve been able to venture out into the world and test the waters of independence. It may seem like other students are adjusting perfectly to their new lifestyle – the Greek life organizations, sports, clubs, and parties — while you’re struggling to find balance. Feeling alone only makes the transition that much harder.

You may have also expected to find a major you love and graduate with a clear image of what your future will look like. While it’s great when that happens, the majority of students leave college feeling more uncertain than ever which causes them to feel anxious, depressed, empty, and isolated. Don’t worry: You are not alone.

Missing your family, friends, and pets at home, feeling nervous about an upcoming test or presentation, or being unsure about what the future holds are completely normal feelings to have. If they prevent you from being able to enjoy your day-to-day life, however, something more serious may be going on.

 

Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in College Students

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You might be experiencing…

  • Feeling depressed, low, or “empty” on a persistent basis
  • No longer finding pleasure in activities that you used to love
  • Falling behind in your schoolwork
  • Excessive drug or alcohol use
  • Low self-esteem or body image
  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches
  • Changes in your appetite or weight
  • Thoughts of suicide and self-harm

 

Counseling for College Students is a Proven Way to Help

A lot of people feel nervous or unsure about going to counseling: that is completely normal! Try to keep in mind that anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are extremely common on college campuses today and that counseling is a proven tool to assist in you in feeling better.

Unfortunately, understaffed facilities and low budgets mean that not every college has the resources that you need to receive counseling that works for you. Even if it does, you may feel self-conscious about seeking mental health services on campus, and would rather experience therapy in a comfortable, private environment. That’s where we come in to help.

We have a team of highly qualified professionals who are passionate about working with college students in your position. Our staff has a diverse set of specialties to help each client overcome whatever it is that they are going through. By understanding you as a unique individual in a judgment-free, compassionate environment, we strive to foster emotional and personal growth and promote positive change and wellbeing.

 

Counseling Can Help You Through a Variety of Difficult Situations

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Some examples of this include:

  • Adjusting to living on your own for the first time or feeling homesick
  • Managing a new schedule and workload
  • Experiencing conflict with your roommate(s)
  • Struggling to make new friends
  • Feeling overwhelmed about budgeting, financial aid, or student loans
  • Feeling depressed, anxious, or hopeless about the future
  • Going through a tough breakup
  • Feeling pressured to heavily drink or do drugs to fit in with others
  • Guidance for life after college whether it’s helping you find the career you’re passionate about or helping you get prepared for graduate school

 

Counseling for College Students in St. Petersburg, FL

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Our team is here to help meet the mental health needs of college students in the St. Petersburg, FL area and want you to have the positive, enriching, and fulfilling college experience that you deserve. We are active members in our St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay college community and hold great relationships with faculty and staff. Rest assured you’ll be taken care in case your circumstances ever require accommodations and you would like for us to advocate on your behalf. We’ve got your back.

 

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In addition to helping college students in the St. Pete area, we also provide remote telephone or video sessions via HIPAA compliant video services similar to FaceTime so that no matter where you are you are in the country, you can still have your regular therapy sessions for when you go back to college. Face to face is always best but in times of emergency, it’s always nice to know you can give us a call at any time no matter how far away you are from home so that you can get the support and care that you need. Call McNulty Counseling at today and schedule your free phone consultation, 727-344-9867.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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Have Any Questions?

Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to coming to the office.

Give Us A Call: (727) 344-9867

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