For Parents

at Health for Life Grand Rapids

Help for the Parents of Young Adults

The differences between an adolescent (teen) and a young adult are often quite subtle, yet the struggles for both the young adult and the parents of young adults can seem to change overnight and be much more challenging than even the teen years. Many young adults in the United States struggle with the transformation from childhood to adulthood, which can leave many parents frustrated, anxious, and even angry. For instance, what is a parent to do if they find that their young adult is getting into trouble, not pursuing meaningful education or work, using drugs or alcohol, or even getting into relationships with nefarious people? Furthermore, what is a parent to do when their beloved child (who is now technically an adult) may be living at home, using their money and resources, and yet, is not respecting their parent or caregiver? What is a parent to do when they struggling to see their adult child as an adult and are working to have a more mature relationship with their child, but they cannot seem to make any headway in that area? What if your young adult suddenly has political and religious views that differ from your own? What is a parent to do in this stage of parenting? There are countless books on how to parent infants, toddlers, children, and teens–but not many that address this issue. Regardless, oftentimes books lack the answers and the process that most parents of young adults are seeking. If you are a parent of a young adult and are not sure where to turn, working with an experienced therapist who specializes in this topic area and has expertise with young adults may help you. At Health for Life Grand Rapids, we have multiple counselors and therapists that specialize in this area:

Here is a series of 3 blogs that Paul Krauss MA LPC wrote for the Parents of Young Adults: Part 1, Part 2, and Park 3.

Success Stories

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    Name - Nicole Vega

    Client quote: “Nicole has been my health coach for almost one year.   I am so grateful for her participation and encouragement in my journey as I continue to work towards my personal goals.  Nicole has inspired me to be a better version of who I am through her passion and commitment in helping others.  She has provided me with [...]

  • Name - Nicole Vega

    Client quote: “I met Nicole in grad school. Her warm energy and compassionate soul made her very approachable. She’s always been health conscious, from clean nutrition to mental health stability. When Nicole reached out to me after I’d had my daughter, I was so relieved. I was looking for a way to take charge of my health and nutrition [...]

  • Nicole Cain, ND MA Expert on alternative psychiatric care
    Name - Nicole Cain, ND MA

    "Nicole Cain, ND MA is an incredibly talented healer, the best I’ve ever had. She is more than a doctor who gives you 7 minutes, nods, pokes, and writes a script for pills. She is like nothing you have likely seen before in healthcare. She’ll completely change your view of what is possible and what WELLNESS can be." - [...]

  • Name - Dr. Matthias

    Professional quote: “Dr. Ronald Matthias: I am the doctor I am today in large part because of Nicole Cain, ND MA. There is no better Naturopathic doctor that I have worked with who has an amazing ability to relate to her patients. She is tough, thorough, and detailed, and her patients love her for it. I am proud to [...]

  • Name - Actual Patient

    Patient quote: “Nicole Cain, ND MA is different than any other clinician I have worked with. I know she really cares about me and she spent a lot of time with me working to understand my experience. When I started working with Nicole Cain, ND MA I was taking 5 different medications and I have been able to discontinue [...]

  • Name - Paul Krauss

    Professional quote: "I'm pleased to recommend Paul as a talented and diligent therapist. During our time together as clinicians at Jewish Family and Children's Service, we facilitated adolescent therapy groups and staffed with each other regarding the clients and families we were both involved in providing services for. During these and other interactions, Paul consistently demonstrated professionalism, genuine care, [...]

  • Name - Actual Patient

    Patient quote: “Paul, I think I know why I can be open with you and not all of the other counselors I have seen. Because I deep down truly and fully and in my heart BELIEVE that you CARE, about me, and about everyone. That is how you made yourself SO good at what you do. And that makes [...]