You have an adult child still living at home. It’s past the point where it seems appropriate. And, at this point, you are concerned about their future.
In addition, you’re having trouble getting your adult child to maintain employment. You’re also struggling to help them create and follow through with life goals.
Your adult child spends a lot of time playing video games. Or, hanging out with friends instead of working or going to school. If this sounds like your situation you’re in, receiving counseling for failure to launch syndrome can be a good fit.
Counseling for Failure to Launch
Due to multiple factors, some of today’s young adults are struggling with a phenomenon known as “Failure to Launch” syndrome. While not an actual diagnosis, Failure to Launch syndrome refers to young adults who have struggled to transition into adulthood from adolescence. They may have trouble choosing a college or career, and may feel “stuck” between being a child and being an adult.
Young adults with this syndrome may lag behind their peers in completing schooling or maintaining employment.
Common Signs That Your Child Is Struggling With Failure To Launch Syndrome
Every person dealing with failure to launch syndrome struggles with different components. Some common experiences seen in counseling for failure to launch syndrome include:
- Living at home when they could be living on their own
- Spending an inordinate amount of time on social media or playing video games
- Lacking confidence
- Struggling with work ethic, goals or motivation
- Experiencing entitlement and/or social anxiety
- Having a low tolerance for stress, and
- Failing or struggling to assume adult responsibilities.
Oftentimes parents feel stressed and help when they see their young adult struggling to find or maintain employment, or not being successful in college. Parents may see their child experiencing anxiety, depression, or other mood issues due to their struggles. Families may have arguments, or parents may experience conflict over what to do. It can also be difficult to enforce rules and boundaries in the household.
Starting Counseling for Failure to Launch Syndrome Can Help
If any of the above issues resonate, then family and individual therapy with a licensed mental health professional can help.
Therapy and structure can help young adults successfully transition into adulthood. In individual counseling or family therapy, a therapist can help identify underlying causes for the issues they struggle with. And, find new and positive ways to cope with and overcome these difficulties.
Barton Counseling’s Approach to Counseling for “Failure to Launch”
Melissa Barton, MA, LPC-S offers individualized counseling services to young adults and their families. She works with each person to find the best approach. Some of the techniques she uses include Solution-focused Therapy, Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, and Family Therapy. In Solution-focused counseling, Melissa will work with the young adult to create goals, focus in on these goals, and assist with putting the plan into action. A trained counselor will look at negative thoughts and how they are connected to feelings and behaviors when utilizing Cognitive-behavioral therapy. In this approach, the individual may work on changing perspectives about life, and implement healthier behaviors. All of which can build self-esteem and motivation.
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