The college students in therapy at ICFT come from loving families eager to help them launch into adulthood. The adjustment to managing multiple college courses, maintaining a sufficient study schedule, balancing recreation time, engaging in exercise and/or sports, developing new relationships, managing time spent on electronics, and making more independent life choices can be overwhelming. College students and their parents typically desire the same outcome; for the college student to be healthy physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Both want the student to graduate with potential for a successful career path. Each therapist at ICFT is specifically trained to help college students and their parents navigate this challenging phase of life.
Experts in college student and family therapy: Every therapist at ICFT is licensed by the State of Ohio to assess, diagnose, and provide therapy to college students and their families.
Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning: Since no two students are alike, every college student at ICFT is assessed to determine the best course of action for them. The assessment process always includes a 2 hour parents-only session. In addition to the parent’s only session, we typically meet to assess the college student for 2-3 hours depending on the complexity of their current struggles. The assessment process concludes with a Diagnostic/Treatment Planning session. During this session we will discuss the results of all assessments, collaborate on the diagnosis, and explain our recommended course of treatment.
Collaboration with Schools, Physicians, and more Intensive Treatment: After assessing your college student, we may recommend additional support. For example, we might recommend collaborating with your student’s school to discuss a support plan, collaborating with their primary care physician or a psychiatrist for medication, or seeking treatment for a short time at a more intensive treatment facility. If we make such a recommendation for additional support, we will also schedule a parent session to help you navigate these paths. ICFT's therapists are very experienced in working with schools, in providing psychopharmacological education to clients, and in collaborating with more intensive treatment facilities until clients can “step down” to being in therapy at ICFT.
Parental Involvement: As much as it is clinically appropriate,we want parents to be involved and included in their college student's therapy. We will work with you and your college student to determine the best way to keep you an active part of therapy. If you would like to learn new ways of helping your college student and you want to contribute towards their success, seeking therapy from ICFT might make sense for you.
ICFT helps college students with:
- Career or Academic Struggles
- Friendship or Relationship Struggles
- Behavioral Struggles
- ADHD and ADD
- Low self-esteem
- Substance use
- Health Concerns
- LGBTQ+ Concerns
If you or your college student are overwhelmed, disappointed, or worried, it is probably a good time to speak with an expert. Every therapist at ICFT has an advanced degree in family therapy.