Change your place, change your fortune: a common phrase touted as a solution to life’s problems, but not always true in reality. While making a big move is often necessary and can have a positive impact, it can also present a myriad of challenges, especially for children and adolescents; and existing problems will easily relocate to a new place. But if everyone is proactive in looking out for signs of stress within themselves or those around them and seeks the right support when necessary, a permanent and successful future is always possible.
Naomi*’s parents had just moved the family across the country after her father switched jobs; while it was a huge transition, one silver lining they hoped for was that their 16 year-old daughter, who had been bullied in school, would have a chance at a fresh start. Yet several months after the move, Naomi was experiencing increased anxiety noticeable enough to raise concerns. After speaking with a close friend whom Amudim had assisted in the past, Naomi’s mother reached out to us for guidance on how to help her daughter.
After a thorough intake, our case manager determined that it was not only Naomi who was struggling; her mother admitted to facing her own challenges with settling in and juggling everyone’s and her own needs due to the move. The case manager provided a sympathetic ear and suggested individual therapy for both mom and daughter; she also suggested several strategies to help Naomi begin uncovering the root of her fears.
Naomi is now several months into her weekly therapy sessions; and her parents have happily noticed a significant decrease in her anxiety. They have also reported seeing Naomi making new friends and becoming more involved in social and extracurricular activities; we are hopeful that in time and with continued support, the family’s new living situation will continue to stabilize, and that Naomi will find her way to feeling happier and less worried about what each day might bring.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is just a phone call away and here to help.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.
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