Every young adult comes into therapy with their own unique set of life experiences, developmental circumstances and capacities for therapy. Whether working with adolescents or teens, it is critical to first assess and understand their unique attitudes, abilities and objectives. 


There are two key stages of therapy with young adults; short term and long term. In the short term, the young person and their parent(s) will work collaboratively to identify goals and objectives for immediate emphasis. This is often facilitated with family therapy or adjunctive parent(s) sessions. In the longer term, we will conceptualize and work toward larger goals. The goals and objectives in both the short term and the long term are as unique as the young person themselves. 



Like any powerful relationship in a young person's life, an early goal in therapy is create and sustain safety, trust and honesty within the therapeutic experience. My priority will always be their emotional and psychological security, their capacity and pace for change, and the development of healing relationships - both in therapy and in the home. Healing begins with these fundamentals firmly established. 


Whether facing anxiety, depression, trauma or other distressing developmental challenges, it is paramount to offer the young adult a chance to explore their own complexity with a potent balance of warmth and wonder. In therapy, my approach offers the young adult the chance to experience solution-focused collaborative work that strives to answer complicated questions about their presenting issues with a spirit of curiosity and empowerment. We will work to externalize the problem(s) in order to best assess and eliminate them.

Often during therapy, issues that were not originally identified in the short term and long term strategies arise. This is a natural part of the therapeutic process, and any emergence of previously unknown questions or concerns are embraced as important discoveries toward even deeper healing.

I believe that one of the goals of young adult therapy is for them to eventually leave therapy - and the conclusion process is just as important as it's commencement. It is a collaborative process, that includes and empowers both the parent(s) and the young adult collectively.

Therapist, Aim Psychotherapy

Andrew Merrell LMFT #102724 is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, 90212 specializing in men's issues and male identity.