UC Davis Students
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Serving UC Davis students, particularly those transitioning to adulthood, is a passion of mine. College is both an exciting time and one full of new challenges. Below, I have outlined some of the major difficulties that I help with in my practice. Read on and see if you can relate.
Trauma / PTSD
Childhood Trauma’s Long Shadow
Campus life can trigger all kinds of childhood wounds that you might have thought you could put behind you. Some possible ways this might appear include:
- A failing grade or stern interaction with a professor may trigger past emotional abuse when parents belittled you and left you feeling “not good enough.”
- Drinking parties where others are intoxicated and push boundaries may trigger past sexual trauma or strong feelings about family alcoholism.
- Rejection from social clubs or party invites may trigger past bullying or discrimination experiences.
Besides just coping with triggers of trauma and PTSD, professional therapy can help you unpackage those earlier experiences and find a path forward. My work both with trauma and young adults dovetails with this focus on integration, resilience and growth from adversity. You can’t change that history but you can change your relationship to it. I would be glad to help you through that process.
Date Rape and Sexual Assault
Sadly, despite education and prevention efforts, date rape is a real experience for too many UC Davis students. Date rape, in particular, can be as confusing to understand as it is hurtful. You might beat yourself up about the ways you think you could have prevented it. If it involved someone you knew, then trust issues may be prominent and compounded if you continue to see the person around campus.
Professional therapy is a safe place where you can process all of these thoughts and feelings, putting the experience in proper context and deciding what healing and justice needs to look like. My role is to support you and your decision-making, not force you to report, forgive, or take any path you are not wanting. I honor your autonomy and boundaries on the matter.
Whether you have any intention to report or not, I encourage you to get help from a professional you feel you can trust. I would be glad to consult with you about whether I or a trusted colleague may be the best fit to help you heal.
School Stress / Academic Difficulty
Unlike high school, hardly anyone at gets straight A’s at an academically rigorous university like UC Davis. Your friends may or may not tell you, but failing a course or barely passing some is more common than you might imagine.
When you get lower grades or even fail, you may experience shock and a sense of shame for not living up to parents’ expectations or your own. I’m here to help you manage stress better and develop more of a growth-mindset when facing academic difficulties.
Depression / Isolation
As a young adult, I faced depression during early college years myself. One major lesson from those years was the importance of seeking help EARLY before things snowball. Seriously, before you fall behind in classes and withdraw or isolate out of shame, reach out. You need not suffer alone and early intervention makes a huge difference.
Depression without treatment is more likely to worsen and recur. So, it’s best to catch it early, learn to manage symptoms (with or without medication), and address factors exacerbating the depression. Any disturbance of mood can affect your energy level, motivation, and connection to support – and each of those can negatively affect your school performance.
Transition to Life Away from Home
Whether you’ve moved to Davis from the Bay Area, SoCal, another state or even country, adjusting to life away from family and old friends can be tough. Sure, you might relish in the newfound freedom; However, you will inevitably face those times when you really need support and those familiar faces are only available at a distance.
If after a few weeks you’re struggling to make connections here and lack the social support you need, let me know and I’ll be glad to give you a boost.