Sea, oceans away.
Human Trafficking Awareness
By Jessica Shrieve MA, LPC

Human Trafficking Awareness – Human Trafficking is something that can be so scary and unimaginable that it never seems it could happen to anyone in your family, but millions of people are involved in human trafficking every single day. Those involved in Human Trafficking will typically target those who are more vulnerable and susceptible to trusting strangers who appear to care for them. This makes kids and teens with unlimited and unmonitored access to the internet significantly more vulnerable to falling into the hands of a trafficker.

The best defense against this scary reality is working to create an open and communicative relationship with your children. Creating an environment where kids and teens are comfortable talking about difficult topics and sharing what is going on in their lives on a daily basis is vital. It can be difficult to reach this place in your relationship if there have been rough patches or prior issues creating difficulty communicating between the parent and child. If you or someone you know are struggling in the relationship with your children please reach out and we would be happy to help you work towards an environment that can help your family in avoiding the scary reality of human trafficking.

Teens, anxiety.
Teens and Anxiety
By Jessica Shrieve, LPC

Teens and Anxiety – There is no doubt, COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone. Rather it be the loss of a loved one, a change in career or lifestyle, or spending more time at home, for many anxiety is at an all time high. Adolescence is an age group where we have seen a significant increase in mental health challenges, especially anxiety. Teenagers have gone through a year and a half of virtual schooling or a combination of virtual and in person. This has led to such a change in the way teenagers interact with each other, and has taken away some of their opportunities to grow through social interactions with others.

In returning to attending school and extra curricular activities in person, many teens have been faced with anxiety they may not have experienced before. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including: lowered self esteem as a result of quarantine, relearning to interact face to face rather than through devices, and all of this coupled with the difficulties they faced before COVID even happened. There are also older teenagers entering college, after their high school years ended in virtual learning, who may struggle to find their stride in maintaining a regular schedule and managing high volumes of homework. All of this is happening while parents are trying hard to transition back to working in an office and being home less. These circumstances coupled together can leave teenagers and young adults struggling, and parents with too little time and energy left to guide them.

Now is the time to find a safe place for teens to discuss the difficulties they face and to receive some guidance in how to maintain a healthy mental state. Teens can learn to manage their time, regulate their emotions, work towards a higher self esteem and work on having a healthy social life. Teenagers who learn to manage stressful situations will become adults who are armed to find balance as well.