Helping daughter navigate her first year of college

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Helping daughter navigate her first year of college

Your daughter’s first year of college is a chance for her to redefine her connection with you and with herself. And whether she’s living at home and going to school nearby, or living across the country, having conversations about what that connection is going to look like is a really good idea. You can talk about it in big ways, but you can also talk about the really practical aspects like how often will both of you be speaking on the phone? How often will she be wanting to text you or want texts from you? What are the plans for visits home? This is going to change over the course of her first year, but stay tuned into the way that she’s needing to be connecting or reconnecting with you. Also stay tuned into her emotional states – sometimes, first year college students experience some anxiety or depression and if you notice some signs of that in your young adult daughter, you want to encourage her to get support. Most colleges have a college counseling center that is there for them.

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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