I wrote admiringly about clinical psychologist Meg Jay last year, so I am happy to present a link to a TED talk she gave about the perils and the promise of being a twentysomething.
My thanks to commenter Leo G for drawing our attention to it in the comments section.
To my mind Jay is pointing toward a new and more productive form of psychotherapy. As you listen to her recount the way she worked with Emma, you will see that she does not shower Emma with empathy, does not tell her to introspect and does not talk about Emma’s issues.
Jay’s approach is practical and tough-minded. She does not want her twentysomething clients to believe that their post-college years are a time for purposeless meandering, an extended adolescence that should be indulged while waiting for adulthood to arrive.
She helps Emma to get a grip on her life, to make a plan and to take action to change what she can change.