This time of year means warmer weather, vacation planning, and graduations. There's hope as we look forward to the break of summer and mark the passing of another academic year, if not the end of an academic endeavor : high school, college, or graduate school. It is a lovely, hopeful time. The future is full of promise. Many also feel the tickle or rub of time passing and a phase of life concluded. In the waves of laughter, parties, and cards with cash and checks inside, graduates may feel some things they do not know how to express or even feel wrong for feeling: fear, anxiety, uncertainty and loss. If you are a graduate or you love a graduate, here are some things to know.
How can you help?
Think of this time as white water rafting. The ride is both thrilling and terrifying. Someone may fall out of the boat. This is normal. We just have to help them use their strength to climb back in. If you or someone you love is struggling to adjust after a major life change, I welcome your call. We can work together to right the boat and create connection and purpose.
Karen J. Helfrich, LCSW-C
As a therapist, mother, daughter, partner, and seeker, I am always on the journey toward a more peaceful, authentic life. I hope to share knowledge, insights, and the ongoing unknowns I find along the path...