Scared To Start A New SchoolSchoolScared To Start A New School<div class="ExternalClass63F1DD7A8CE443DC86ECE77DB53402A3"><p>​<span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">I will start my junior year at a new high school in 3 weeks. I am super scared. Already I know this school is a better fit I get to take college classes and be on a swim team, and they’ll push me harder. I even got accepted and it’s really hard to get in because it’s a college based charter school. Yet I am nervous no friends and they don’t know about my issues. I don’t know how to tell them either. My counselor wants to meet with the school counselor but I have to tell the school counselor but I can never reach her. I am doing so much better what if I relapse because of this. I am already sleep walking again which is what I do when I am to stressed and anxious. I don’t want to bring up my worries in therapy because in October they want to release me of all my outpatient services except my meds. What do I do? What if I get picked on or bullied again? What if they think I am a crazy person like my last school? Help me please. And sorry it’s so long. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass200CFA71520C44F8912202017588C84D"><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">We are so glad that you are writing in to tell us about your concerns. Starting a new school can feel scary, we understand. You did a wonderful job expressing how you are feeling. You are doing a great job looking out for the positives, this is definitely a good way to work through the anxiety that you are experiencing. You have pointed out many good things about your new school, way to go! You also mentioned a very important thing that you are doing; you are working on coordinating your services, having your counselor meet your school counselor. We realized that this might not have been entirely your idea but you are still trying to arrange it. It is very mature of you to see the value in this. You are doing a lot of really great things to improve your situation.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">We know that you are worried about mentioning your feelings in therapy because of current treatment plan but this is exactly the type of thing that your counselor would want to know so she can help you work through these feelings so they do not build up and become too big. Your counselor would be able to help you find coping skills and grounding techniques to deal with all the new feelings you are having through this transition. This is important. Your counselor will want to know. Please tell your counselor your feelings.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">In the meantime, we want you to check out some of our tips and tools. You may have already talked to your therapist about these things but we are hoping that maybe there are a few new insights that you have not considered before.</span></p><p><a href="/Pages/tip-back-to-school-anxiety.aspx?Topic=School"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-back-to-school-anxiety.aspx?Topic=School</span></a><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;"> </span></p><p><a href="/Pages/anxiety.aspx"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/anxiety.aspx</span></a><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">When you are anxious, try some of the techniques in these links such as the grounding, or breathing. Even little things can help with your anxiety. You mentioned the swim team, this is an excellent way to get involved with your new school. Give them a call and ask when practices start. Start looking for the supplies that you need for school and organize your planner. The more you are prepared the smoother things will go. We will be here for you if you want to talk. Just let us know.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Sara, Counselor</span><br></p></div>17

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