Edward Jenny & Associates PC

Counseling for College Students

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For most, college is a time of personal exploration and new experiences.

College is often a time of new freedoms and new friendships. You now have the ability to choose your own path! You’re joining new memberships and deciding on a major and minor. On top of that, you’re planning out how to take classes.

Additionally, college helps you learn how to manage the stress that comes along with all the new things. Many college students find they are under new and unique pressures. Transitioning to college leads to a brand new level of independence. This ultimately impacts their ability to fully engage in personal growth and interests in the way they would hope.


The college experience can be an exciting and sometimes scary time

With that new stress, life can often feel overwhelming and isolating. This can lead to feeling hopelessness and difficulty in overcoming challenges.

Challenges Facing College Students

College students face a large array of challenges. These can include:

Stress Management

College is a time where individuals may feel unable to cope with the numerous demands and pressures placed on them. Counseling for college students can help! Individuals will learn to better manage new responsibilities. Plus you will learn new roles as independent adults by developing self-care, confidence, and coping strategies.

Often, college and young adulthood are the first-time individuals feel they can fully explore who they are outside of their family and high school roles. This is a time of self-exploration and changes. Thus, this can feel exciting but also scary and troubling. Additionally, this is a time of exploration that may include conflict and uncertainty. Counseling can help to create a safe space for this exploration and to discover how to best cope with life transitions.

Another important transition and area of growth and discovery include understanding personal gender and sexual identities. Therefore, counseling for college students is a safe place to discuss challenges. Whatever may arise during the process of affirming one’s gender and sexual identity we will explore. Additionally, we will explore what those identities mean to you.

Moving from childhood to adulthood means making your own decisions about your future, your hopes, goals, and preferences. It is also a time of forming new relationships. This may change relationships with family and long-time friends, which may lead to feeling confused or pulled in many directions. Counseling can help explore these conflicts and changes and help integrate old and new relationships.

Being in college allows the opportunity to learn more about one’s own and others’ cultural identities. This exploration can be empowering and encourage a sense of belonging. Especially, being around others who share similar beliefs. However, it can also be confusing or even frustrating being independent for the first time and one may question aspects of themselves that may not align with their previously and strongly held beliefs. Counseling for college students in Kennett Square and West Chester, PA can help process these potentially conflicting beliefs and thoughts.

Depression can lead to feeling stuck, hopeless, isolated, sad, tired, and individuals may see a lack of motivation. Counseling can help manage and alleviate these symptoms to help better engage in day-to-day life. If you need support depression treatment for college students may be for you.

Anxiety can make the future seem overwhelming. Counseling can help increase coping strategies to stay in the present moment and focus on what is important in the moment.

College is a time of exploration. However, often an exploration of drugs and alcohol can have a negative impact on one’s education, relationships, personal health, and safety. In turn, this can affect one’s sense of self, confidence, and overall mental well-being.

Grief can stem from many areas of loss. This can include the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the loss of previous abilities, or even the transition away from adolescence to adulthood. Counseling for college students in Kennett Square and West Chester, PA can aid in bringing light to these areas of grief and loss and the process that changes associated with them.

Many people experience traumatic events. Whether it was during childhood or during their college experience. PTSD treatment and trauma therapy allow individuals a safe place to explore. Trauma therapists can explore some of the worst things that have happened to you. This can help you regain a sense of safety and control you need to feel confident to engage in daily life.

For some new psychological challenges may arise. This may be the first-time individuals experience depression, anxiety, or feelings of isolation. Others may develop symptoms of serious mental health issues such as schizophrenia, which often begins in early adulthood.

For others, lifelong psychological challenges may worsen. This includes long-term depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Others may find that the coping strategies they previously used to get through high schools, such as perfectionism, now contribute to an increase in stress and can lead to OCD.

It is critical to mention that many people who experience these challenges also may experience thoughts of self-harm. This can be scary and many times, difficult to bring up.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please know that there is help and we are here for you! If you are in immediate crisis and need emergency care, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Counseling for college students in West Chester, PA, and Kennett Square, PA can provide a space that is safe and confidential. This is helpful as you explore your feelings towards these new challenges and develop individualized coping strategies. Together, we can allow you to being being your best self.
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Why Edward Jenny & Associates

Edward B. (Ned) Jenny, Licensed Psychologist, Psy.D. M.Ed. BA., Edward Jenny & Associates Psychologists in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Edward B. Jenny


Psy.D Licensed Psychologist

Research has repeatedly shown that feeling understood by your therapist is the most important element to success in therapy. At Edward Jenny and Associates, we prioritize building that foundation with every client.

It’s about the relationship.

What makes us different?

We believe therapy and assessments go hand-in-hand to provide the safest, fastest way to help you move forward.

When it comes to therapists, there are many options to choose from. The most important aspect is that you feel safe and comfortable with the therapist you choose.

We are ready when you are.

Begin Counseling for College Students in Kennett Square, West Chester, or via Online Therapy in Pennsylvania

Counseling for college students in Kennett Square and West Chester, PA can help you move towards your aspirations and a life worth living.

Our Kennett Square counseling center has caring therapists who specialize in psychotherapy, collaborative assessment, supervision, and consultation.

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If you’re looking to get started with Edward Jenny & Associates, please get in touch with us. Our team will answer any questions you have about therapy, assessments, or our services.

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