Dr. Ascher and colleagues can develop a personalized treatment plan for young men and women (ages 18-35) in the Philadelphia area who are struggling to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The Emerging Adulthood Program (EAP) provides comprehensive assistance for this unique type of client. For a more complete understanding of this type of client, please see this article written by Dr. Ascher in the Huffington Post.
Emotionally and financially draining, these young adults seemingly have little intrinsic motivation to move through life. Lacking the skills to function at a high level commensurate with their underlying abilities, these individuals have failed to navigate the next stage of life and are out of sync with their peers, and in constant tension with their families.
Many of these individuals may have done well academically in high school and/or college, but suffer from symptoms that can include depression, poor self-esteem, ADHD, low distress tolerance, and social anxiety. Many individuals also experience symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Time management, goal-setting, financial planning, and sleep hygiene may be problematic. These individuals may self-medicate with substances such as marijuana and/or engage in other unhealthy behaviors.
The skills addressed in The Emerging Adulthood Program (EAP) with clients include:
• Financial planning.
• Time management.
• Vocational training.
• Sleep hygiene.
• Ending self-defeating behaviors.
• Learning how to have fun in a safe way.
• Effective communication.
When a son or daughter is suffering, the entire family is affected and we support these families and provide them with a roadmap to begin the healing process.
While the causes are complex and often multiply determined, Dr. Ascher and colleagues will spend time with your son or daughter to identify the issues and create a comprehensive plan for success.
Dr. Ascher and colleagues will review any existing documentation that you have from previous clinicians. Dr. Ascher is happy to consult and collaborate with any existing providers and/or treatment centers that you are currently working with.
Due to a high volume of inquiries, Dr. Ascher may not be able to return phone calls, so please fill out the contact form on this website and Dr. Ascher will try his best to answer within 24 hours. Sarah Espenshade will often serve as point of contact when Dr. Ascher’s practice is at full capacity. ***Please visit Dr. Ascher’s Code of Ethics for more information regarding collaboration with Expert Clinical Consultants in The Emerging Adulthood Program (EAP).
Expert Clinical Consultants
Jerry Bowling (Interventionist)
***In cases that involve a dependent adult client, Dr. Ascher requires parents of the client to be in their own regular consultation (at least once weekly) to ensure the very best clinical outcomes for the dependent adult client. Through weekly consultation, parents will learn to manage their own anxiety and to modify their communication styles and behaviors to allow the dependent adult client to have the best chance to become a confident, independent, resilient, accountable, responsible, resourceful, and honest person. Consultation sessions for the parents cannot be the same clinician who is the primary therapist for the dependent adult client. The parents can choose any licensed professional that they would like to work with given that the clinician is open to communicating and sharing pertinent and relevant clinical information with Dr. Ascher and the other clinicians caring for the adult dependent client.
Please share this post!