College is an exciting time for many, though for some it isn’t all fun and exciting experiences. From navigating new social circles to coping with the pressure of exams, higher education also brings stress. That’s why Choices Counseling & Skills Center in Sierra Madre, CA, offers a “Home for the Summer” therapy program for graduating high school seniors and college kids. Whether you are preparing to leave for your first year of school or dealing with jitters as you head back, this personalized therapy can help you manage the situation.
Designed for students age 18–25, the “Home for the Summer” program eases the transition into the school year after the summer break. Participants learn skills drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) that help them manage issues such as anger, anxiety, depression, and eating problems as well as gain mastery in self-management, asking for help, and staying focused and present.
Attendees of the therapy program develop coping skills to address conflict, manage difficult emotions, and assert themselves when needed. They also learn to recognize their inner critic, boosting self-compassion and empathy. Finally, the program pinpoints and combats self-destructive behavior, encouraging participants to find healthy ways to deal with the pressure of college life.
Over six weeks, participants put their new tools to the test in an interactive, peer-based setting with no judgment. They attend individual therapy sessions once a week as well as twice-weekly skills classes. Additional services like family therapy and skills coaching can be incorporated into the schedule depending on each person’s needs.
After completing the program, students will be reinvigorated and ready to tackle the school year. To find out more about this course and other forms of dialectical behavior therapy, visit the Choices Counseling & Skills Center website. To enroll or speak with a representative of the counseling center, call (626) 470-9834. Follow them on Twitter for more insight from their team.