Parents of College Applicants

The college application process has become increasingly stressful, confusing, and disappointing for teen applicants, and this has subsequently imposed emotional strain on their parents.  As a parent (of a previous & current college applicant) and professional, Dr. Lisson has observed that there is little professional, therapeutic support for parents during the application process.  Parents often rely on other parents or social media groups for emotional support, often compromising their child or family's privacy, or finding their anxieties exacerbated by shared hysteria and negativity amongst other parents.  College consultants and school counselors are focused on the teen applicant, and often do not have the training or availability to provide emotional support for the parent.

Dr. Lisson is excited to offer a unique service line to provide therapeutic support for parents of college applicants.  Sessions provide a confidential, non-judgmental space to work through the emotional rollercoaster of college admissions.   Appointments can be set up to align with the various stages or important dates & events with some of the following outcomes:

EARLY STAGE (11th grade to beginning of 12th grade:

1) Understanding and accepting the current reality of extreme competition among college applicants, and changes or confusion within the application process.  

2) Explore worries, fears, and frustrations.  Understanding how your emotions might have negative impact on your child. 

3) Identifying your role and involvement in the process.  Navigating your child's need for privacy at this time. 

4) How to work collaboratively with college consultants and school counselor.

5) Examining your influence on your child's goals, choices, and expectations  

MIDDLE STAGE (from near completion of applications to May):

1) Identifying worries, anxiety prior and during the admission decisions' release dates.  

2) How to respond to intrusive questions from family and friends about your child's college goals, acceptances/rejections, academic profile, etc. 

3) Promoting your child's emotional health, safety, and resilience during the process.  

LATE STAGE (after all or most admission decisions):

1) Working through any anger, frustration, & grief about the process.  

2) How to support your child's independent decision on college choice.

3) How to celebrate and prepare for your child's college journey.  

4) Preparing for empty nest syndrome, etc. 


Dr. Lisson accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, and self-pay.  Dr. Lisson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in NC and credentialed via PsyPact to offer telepsychology (video sessions) for residents of the following states:  AL, AZ, AR, CO, CNMI, CT, DE, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.


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