Support and expertise to help you live life with confidence and hope for the future.
I’m anxious about the future. Can I handle it?
Life can seem like one long string of transitions. You go from a new school in Morris to college classes in Chicago, to a new job in Naperville. If you are moving all around Illinois, how do you make and keep new relationships? There’s pressure from a lot of different sources around you. Meanwhile, you are trying to figure out your own goals. You expect a lot from yourself, but you’re having a hard time getting things done and have worries about the future. What other people think matters to you (even if you wish it didn’t!) and failing sounds so scary that the effort might not even feel worth it. You want to make yourself proud, but you aren’t sure what that looks like yet. How are you supposed to handle all these changes when you’re feeling so confused?
From the outside, it can even look like you are handling it all. Your friends and family admire you, but only you know the toll it takes. The overthinking and perpetual feeling of “fake it til you make it” are almost paralyzing and leave you with no energy for the “best years of your life.”
Life’s transitions are hard for everyone, but for you, they’ve always felt excruciating. People might describe you as smart but “strange” or “quirky” or “unique” or “going through a phase.” Growing up, the adults in your life may have said to “just try harder” to fit in and make friends, but you had a feeling there was more to it than just lack of effort. You just didn’t know what to call it.
Whether you have a diagnosis or wondering if you do or if anxiety and life changes are getting in your way, you’re in the right place. We even offer extensive psychological testing that could help us tailor our approach to you.
At the start of therapy, most clients say they don’t remember when they didn’t feel so self-critical or overwhelmed. Our work together will help you feel prepared, confident, and calm during stressful times. Even if you are not sure if your problem is serious enough, counseling provides someone to listen with no agenda or judgment. You will be on your way to feeling to feeling successful at home, school, and life. You’ll get to enjoy your free time instead of spending it feeling bad or socially anxious, causing you to avoiding uncomfortable situations. Understanding your passions and strengths is just as important as working hard and working smart.
In therapy sessions at Thrive Collective, you’ll get good science and smart suggestions combined with patience and understanding. We’ll figure out your biggest goals and develop a customized treatment plan to get there. You’ll learn how to ask for help without feeling guilty or like a failure. You’ll start to look forward to new experiences and learn how to meet challenges with confidence. Learning new skills will help you thrive at school or work and be a better friend to others and yourself.
We are pleased to offer convenient telehealth options to fit your schedule. We are currently offering online therapy under the authority of PSYPACT in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Social Anxiety Q&A with Dr. Menon
Get to know Dr. Menon as she answers common questions about dealing with social anxiety.