Young Professionals Mental Health


Starting out in the real world brings anxiety for anyone. We want to help you be prepared, confident, and successful as you launch your career.

Most young professionals face a high level of stress and pressure to perform well in the workplace, especially when first launching their careers and working alongside more seasoned professionals. The pressure of work goals and deadlines, making good impressions, meeting expectations, adjusting to a workplace culture, learning the ropes, and juggling work alongside personal responsibilities, managing finances, and trying to have some sort of work-life balance can all lead to stress and anxiety. In addition, imposter syndrome is a common experience for young professionals. This is a pervasive, self-imposed feeling of not belonging or not being qualified to be in their role or profession. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and unworthiness. It is often brought on by the pressure to succeed and the fear of failure. Those suffering from imposter syndrome often feel like their success is a product of good luck, rather than their own hard work and talent.

This type of stress and internalized self-doubt within young professionals can be devastating. It can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, and it can also affect their ability to perform their job effectively. Those who struggle with mental health in the workplace may be hesitant to take on new challenges or responsibilities due to their fear of failure. They may also have trouble accepting constructive criticism, as they see it as proof of their inabilities. Unfortunately, even the most talented young professionals can struggle to feel confident in the workplace. These feelings are valid and should be normalized, especially considering this is the first time many people are in the “real world” following graduation from college or graduate school. After spending several years in a structured academic environment, the transition to the real world can be overwhelming. The prospect of having to navigate new social and professional settings can be unnerving and a general fear of the unknown can cause significant stress, especially for anyone who already deals with a mental health condition.

Our therapists at River Oaks Psychology understand the very real struggles that you might be going through as a young professional. After all, we all started in your same shoes. We recognize that transitioning into the professional world comes with a great deal of new responsibilities and expectations, and it can feel like you’re the only one in the room who doesn’t know what to do. But the truth is, you’re not alone. Many young professionals feel the exact same way. Therapy can be an invaluable tool for boosting your confidence, developing stronger communication, enhancing your workplace relationships, exploring your professional skills and strengths, and deepening your understanding of how your current emotions may be affecting your day-to-day performance.

Our goal is to help you succeed and grow in your career. Let’s talk about real skills and strategies to manage stress in the workplace.

With support, it gets better.

Although being a young professional in the workplace can be stressful, there are many ways to build confidence so you feel prepared and excited to navigate through your career. Often, the most effective way to work on personal insecurities is by talking to a trusted professional who can connect the dots and help you discover the reasons behind stress, anxiety, self-doubt, feelings of defeat, and more. Are you comparing yourself to others? Struggling with role conflict? Unsure how to use your strengths to your advantage at work? Maybe you’re struggling with toxic workplace culture, unclear communication from superiors, or mixed messages about what success looks like in your job environment. Whatever you’re facing, your feelings are valid and we can help you untangle things together. Therapy gives you space to 100% focus on yourself, your needs, and your goals for finding career fulfillment – without any judgment.