Managing College Stress
Mastering College Stress with Sage Counseling and Wellness: Your Guide to Stress Management Strategies
Maybe you’re a college student feeling lost and disconnected to those around you as you transition to life on campus away from your home, family, and friends that you’ve known your entire life.
Or you’re struggling with a major conflict with your roommate causing stress and anxiety in what is supposed to be your new home.
Say you’re a college freshman feeling unsure how to balance your academics and your new found freedom and you’re getting behind on assignments.
Or you’re a senior getting ready to deal with transitioning out of college and into a new stage of your life.
Looking for a therapist that can help you manage college stress? Let’s work together!
College students may be having trouble with:
- Transition to life on or off campus
- Making friends
- Balancing new freedoms
- Feeling lost academically
- Managing college stress
- Adjusting to college level classes
- Loss of the life you had before college
- Living on your own for the first time
- Talking with professors, administration, professionals
- Setting boundaries with parents, friends, and roommates
- Figuring out who you are and your goals
Navigate College Life with Ease: Let’s work on
- Exploring who you are in college and what’s important to you
- Managing how you feel about transitioning in or out of college
- Decreasing anxiety around living on your own for the first time
- Improving communication skills to make your voice heard
- Developing healthy boundaries
After working with Sage Counseling and Wellness you’ll feel more confident in:
- Academics and managing your calendar
- Communicating with your professors and other professionals
- Managing conflict with your roommate
- Setting clear boundaries with others
- Getting to know yourself in this new chapter in your life
What could happen if we don’t address college-related stressors?
- Feeling disconnected and isolated from friends from a lack of social time
- Falling behind on assignments and feeling like a failure in the classroom
- Miscommunications between students, professors, and professionals causing you to feel unheard or confused
- Unclear boundaries between roommates causing stressful conflict and awkward interactions
- Being unable to balance school, work, and life on your own causing overwhelming feelings
What Comes Next
Schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with the therapist you would like to work with or fill out our potential client form here. From there, you will set up your first session, also known as an intake session. With your chosen therapist, let them know a bit about your concern, your history with past treatment, ask about our fees, and the best days and times to attend therapy sessions.
Each therapist at Sage Counseling and Wellness has their own fee structure. When you have the initial consultation call with your therapist, you will discuss your fee with them.
Our therapists do not participate in-network with any insurance companies. Clients pay their therapist each time they come to a session and are then emailed an insurance-compatible statement at the end of each month to send to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement called a superbill. Each insurance company varies on what reimbursement they give for psychotherapy out of network. You may want to check with your insurance company to find out what they offer for psychotherapy with a therapist with your therapist’s particular licensure in Georgia.
What Can I Expect at My First Therapy Appointment?
Many people have fears, assumptions, and at times, no idea at all about what therapy will be like the first time they come in for a first session. We would also encourage you to reach out and ask your therapist any questions you have about what therapy will be like with them.
Each therapist has their own way of approaching their work. But here are some things that may happen in your first session here at Sage Counseling and Wellness:
- When you start your first online appointment, you’ll be in the virtual waiting room.
- While you wait for your appointment, take a moment to breathe, look over any thoughts or items you’d like to share in the session, and perhaps take a restroom break beforehand so you can be fully present.
- As sessions are virtual, you can sit however you want to sit comfortably. Some clients prefer to sit at a desk, others in a comfy chair with a laptop or tablet, and some others sit on the floor on a yoga mat to stretch while in session. It’s completely up to you.
- In your first session, your therapist will likely remind you that what you talk about in session is completely confidential with a few legal and ethical exceptions, which will be explained to you (and which are outlined in our consent to treatment document). If you have any questions about those policies, you’re encouraged to ask!
- Your therapist might discuss any other policies they have (cancellation, payment, session length, scheduling, or other ‘frequently asked questions’). This all only takes a few minutes.
- Then, depending on the level of crisis that you’re currently experiencing, your therapist might review their particular style of therapy, discuss your intake form with you, begin a more thorough assessment of your history, or just ask you what brings you in at that particular time. From there on, it’s a conversation and there are no right or wrong things for you to say — the only thing you can do ‘wrong’ at that point is to be dishonest, and in doing so you would only slow down your progress. If there is something about your therapist that seems like it would get in the way of you feeling comfortable being honest, you can say so, and your therapist may be able to help you feel more comfortable. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. If at any time you don’t, please let them know or let the director know.
- Your therapist may or may not take notes, depending on their treatment style. These notes are also confidential unless you consent to their release, and they are kept safely in our electronic health record system.
- Therapy is a safe space to show your vulnerability so crying is perfectly acceptable.
- You’ll pay for your session at the end, generally, via your credit card on file.
- You can discuss a regular meeting time with your therapist so that this time becomes your reserved time. This helps in accountability for you to work on your progress as well.