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  • Writer's pictureVanessa Setteducato, LMFT

Therapy for the Stress of Being a Millennial

If you're a millennial in America, you're part of a group that has long faced a unique variety of stressors. These challenges may have a negative impact on your overall well-being. But support is available.

Common stressors for millennials include concerns about career, anxiety about the future, and challenges in interpersonal relationships. For these issues and more, therapy can be a valuable tool for millennials to cope with these stressors and get to know themselves more deeply.

Coping with Career Stress

Many millennials experience overwhelm and dissatisfaction related to their careers, including job ambiguity, burnout, and concerns about job security.

Psychodynamic therapy can help individuals explore the underlying causes of their career-related stress and build new patterns that lead to a joyful working life. In addition to discovering what lies beneath the surface, therapy can help people develop coping strategies to manage the everyday stress of being human.

Managing Anxiety about the Future

The future has never been more confusing to imagine. From economic stability, personal relationships, politics, and climate anxiety, millennials have a lot to worry about.

Of course, millennials are not the only generation with concerns for the future, but a unique set of experiences has led to a growing amount of anxiety and depression, among other struggles, for millennials.

But psychodynamic therapy can help individuals manage their future-related anxiety and develop strategies to cope, make meaningful change, and discover what really matters most.

While there are many aspects of the future -- and the present, for that matter -- that are beyond your control, therapy can help you turn your attention to what you can control. This includes making meaning of the circumstances you may find yourself in and getting deeper into the root of your desires and purpose. However overwhelming, working with a therapist can help you feel more confident about your ability to navigate the future.

Addressing Relationship Challenges

Relationship challenges can cause significant stress and anxiety for millennials, including conflicts with romantic partners, family members, and colleagues.

Psychodynamic therapy can help individuals get to know the root causes of unhelpful relationship patterns, including attachment wounds, and better outline a path to improved connection. Communication, self-awareness, and self-regulation skills are a important aspects of feeling more empowered and secure in your relationship.

Through therapy, individuals can gain insight into early roots of stress and anxiety, develop new coping strategies, and make positive changes in their lives. If you are a millennial struggling with these challenges, consider reaching out to a therapist to explore how therapy can benefit you.


Vanessa Setteducato, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist offering collaborative online therapy sessions in California to adult individuals.


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