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College Mental Health


Starting college is a considerable milestone in a person’s life; it is both exciting and frightening for students and parents. I have worked in college health for over eight years at the University of Colorado Boulder and enjoy working with young people, undergraduates and graduate students alike, at this point in their lives. I love seeing their growth and being able to help guide them through difficult times. I can help with evaluations, medications, and general guidance specific to their issues; whether it be ADHD, anxiety, or mood difficulties. Therapy is encouraged when more in-depth counseling is needed and I am happy to collaborate with therapists for the benefit of the student.

There are general issues that all college students face,  but there are wellness interventions surrounding these that can be implemented to strengthen mental and physical health. The college years are also the years when some psychiatric illnesses present themselves, and this is when seeking psychiatric help can make the difference between succeeding in college or having to leave to take care of your mental health.  If you would like an evaluation please contact me, I can offer a free 15 minute phone call to discuss your concerns and help you to decide what your next steps should be.

Here are issues to consider in the well-being of young people in college:

  • developmental issues

  • independence

  • relationships

  • adjustment to a new environment

  • personal identity and values

  • cultural identity

  • gender identity and sexual orientation

  • changing relationships in the family of origin


These are frequent challenges in the college years that can affect mental health:

  • mild anxiety and mood changes

  • roommate and relationship conflicts

  • stress

  • sleep

  • substance use

  • discrimination/harassment

  • sexual health

  • unwanted sexual contact

  • academic performance

  • physical health and navigating the health care system

  • imposter syndrome

                    Psychiatric concerns:

  • Anxiety disorders

    • Social anxiety

    • PTSD

  • Generalized anxiety disorder

  • OCD

  • Panic disorder

  • ADHD

  • Depression

  • Bipolar one and bipolar two disorder

  • Suicide

  • Self injury

  • Substance abuse

  • Eating disorders

  • Sleep disorders

  • Psychotic disorders – primary such as schizophrenia and substance induced


Interventions for wellness include:

  • mindfulness

  • meditation

  • yoga

  • sleep hygiene

  • nutrition

  • exercise

  • cultivating positive friendships

  • art

  • music

  • social media breaks

Please visit my resources page for more information

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