Stress Management for Students and Parents

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Navigating Academic Stress Together with Sage Counseling and Wellness

Maybe you’re a high school student feeling overwhelmed juggling your academics, activities, sports, and your social life. Or every morning you feel a sense of dread and panic as you head to school knowing a pile of missing assignments, insensitive teachers, or even bullies are waiting for you. 

Say your teen is struggling to feel motivated to attend school due to anxiety and stress over failing grades, behavioral referrals, and conflict with teachers and other students. As a parent of a teen, you’re feeling uneasy and unsure of how to best support your child in their school setting. 

Looking for a therapist that can help you navigate stress management for students and parents? 

Coping with Academic Pressure with Sage Counseling and Wellness: Students and parents might be having trouble with

  • Anxiety or stress surrounding any and all aspects of school causing their attendance to decline.
  • Feeling easily overwhelmed at school and unable to manage their emotions.
  • Failing grades causing them to feel left behind in the classroom.
  • Behavior referrals at school causing your teen to miss valuable academic and social time.
  • Bullies making your teen feel unsafe at school and online.
  • Stress management for students and parents

  • Time management skills.
  • Organization techniques.
  • Developing study skills.
  • New School/Year Transition.
  • Communicating effectively with teachers or administration.
  • Finding ways to support your teen.
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From Stress to Success: Let’s work on

  • Decreasing anxiety to help you feel better about going to school every day.   
  • Managing your emotions to help you feel more in control of handling situations at school.  
  • Using your academic strengths and talents to feel a sense of belonging, even in your least favorite class.   
  • Understanding your teen’s behavior to better understand why behavioral referrals are happening and how to decrease them. 
  • Creating a unique routine that makes it easier to complete all tasks on time.
  • Exploring an organizational system that helps you to feel more on top of your assignments.
  • Developing study skills, you can carry with you from class to class to build confidence in the classroom.
  • Processing what your new school or the new school year feels like to you to help make better sense of the changes you are facing.
  • Discussing how as a parent you can advocate for your student to aid them in feeling heard in the classroom.

    After working together you’ll feel more confident in:

    • Using academic abilities.
    • Your desire to pursue clubs, activities, sports, and social engagements at school. 
    • Knowing how to address difficult topics with teachers and administration for your voice to be heard and needs to be met. 
    • Your ability to handle any situations thrown at you at school. 

    What could happen if we don’t address school-related stressors? 

    • A feeling of dread for school causing anxiety and stress each school day.
    • Feeling unprepared for tests and assignments could lead to failing grades and losing out on the ability to participate in school activities.
    • Misplaced assignments due to disorganization.
    • Lack of social involvement. 
    • Miscommunications between students, teachers, and parents causing everyone to feel unheard and disconnected.
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    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.

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