Uri Sanhedrai
Uri Sanhedrai, MA, RCC
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Helping Young People Who Are Struggling with Their Transition to Adulthood

Who are the people I see?

Emerging young men and women in their late teens and early twenties who are:

- Grappling with defining their true identity - values, goals and sense of themselves in the world
- Experiencing difficulties in the relationship with their parents or siblings
- Caught in the middle between divorcing or remarried parents
- Striving for independence and autonomy, but still depending on their parents financial or emotional support.
- Facing fears/anxieties of becoming independent; making independent decisions and taking responsibility for themselves
- Confronting difficulties in school or at work
- Struggling with sexuality, intimacy and other issues in their close relationships.
- Misusing drugs, alcohol, technology and other addictive behaviour
- Navigating a career path
- Confronting cultural and ethnicity issues

What are some disorders and risks associated with difficult transitioning into adulthood?

- Anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviour, generalized anxiety, various phobias, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress... all experienced as crippling distress that interferes with the young person's normal development and ability to lead a normal life.

- Mood disorders such as mild, moderate or major depression, or bi-polar disorder - all characterized by feeling of worthlessness, low motivation, tiredness, unstable sleeping patterns, shifting appetite and weight, lessened social interaction, loss of friends, loneliness, thoughts of death and even self-harming.

- Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia and rumination disorder (regurgitation of meals following consumption)

- Impulse control disorders such as addictions to alcohol or drugs, compulsive gambling, abnormal sexual behaviour, compulsive hair pulling, stealing, fire setting and explosive attacks of rage. People with an impulse control disorder can't resist the urge to do something harmful to themselves or others. With these unhealthy behaviour patterns and lifestyle choices they often struggle with loss of control over their lives, blaming themselves and tormented by feeling of regret or guilt.

How can I be of help?

I help young men discover who they really are, define and own their true identity; boost their self esteem and confidence; overcome feeling of fear and anxiety; aliviate symptoms of depression, gain control over self-defeating impulses and rid of consequent over-burdening feelings of regrets and guilt. Becoming more confident, calmer and happier person, the emerging adult is better able to make necessary developmental changes that will allow her/him to successfully achieve age appropriate detachment from their home, improve function in school, at work, in intimate relationships and in social settings, and take control of their lives.