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Navigating the Transition to College

The transition to college is an exciting and optimistic time for families, but it can also be stressful. A 2017 American College Health Association Survey of 63,000 college students found that 2 in 5 students described being so depressed that it was “difficult to function,” while 3 in 5 felt “overwhelming anxiety” during the previous school year. 

The additional uncertainty of how colleges will operate in the fall with COVID-19 restrictions adds another layer of stress to this important transition. And, unfortunately, counseling and psychological services on campus are frequently overloaded with long waitlists, and some students may not feel comfortable visiting the office for a variety of reasons. 

Joon's Transition to College program is designed to help students navigate the complex process of transitioning to college, with assistance from an experienced clinician, and the convenience of a mobile app-based experience.

The Transition to College program includes:

  1. An introductory video conference with a Joon clinician for students and their parents to have an open discussion and map out plans together.
  2. Four additional weeks of student-centered telehealth sessions focused on preparing for the life at college.
  3. Regular, typically bi-weekly, wellbeing content and resources created specifically for college students and delivered via the Joon app.
  4. Joon therapists will personally check-in with students twice per month.
  5. Easy access to additional live teletherapy sessions for students if needed.

During the introductory session, a Joon clinician will facilitate a conversation with students and parents including developing a shared understanding of communication expectations and what to do in the event of an emergency or things don’t go according to plan.

After this introductory session, your student will have four one-on-one telehealth sessions with their Joon clinician to further discuss and prepare for the college transition. These sessions are full of helpful information applicable to every student transitioning to college and will include practical skills including:

Tackling College-Level Academics

Academic history, Managing test and academic anxiety, Career goals

Social Life/College Relationships

Managing relationships, Homesickness, Conflict, Relationship safety, Sexuality and Consent

Substance Use

Safe use, What to do in an emergency, How to say no and maintain relationships

Mental Health and Self-Care

Mental health history, Common mental health concerns in college, Self-care practices, Sleep, Resources on and off campus

Are you interested in our Transition to College program? Sign up for a free 15-minute consultation to learn more.

What does it cost?

The Transition to College program costs $950 and includes all of the telehealth sessions and content described above.  Optional, additional one-on-one teletherapy sessions will be billed at either $150 per hour or $500 for a 4-week treatment package.

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June 25, 2020
Amy Mezulis, PhD | Co-Founder & Chief Clinical Officer

Amy Mezulis, PhD | Co-Founder & Chief Clinical Officer

Amy Mezulis, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her BA from Harvard University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Mezulis provides services to older children, adolescents and adults utilizing an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral approach that includes mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments. Dr. Mezulis has specialized training in mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, suicidality and self-injury, trauma, substance use, and adolescent development. She is Professor Emeritus at Seattle Pacific University, where she previously chaired the Clinical Psychology PhD program and continues to supervise doctoral trainees.

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