Testimonials

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  • As a mental health professional who has made a number of referrals of clients for intensive interventions, I have not found another program that comes so close in creating such a safe and nurturing cradle of support to individuals that need this very personal and competent attention and follow through. 

    - Tony Elite
  • STAR is the only program I have found that focuses on each individual 100% of the time. STAR is individual work done in a group, and my clients do not spend time “witnessing” the work of others. There is adequate staff so that no one is lost.

    - E. Anne Love, L.C.S.W.
  • The 10 days spent at STAR connects my clients with their individual issues, and allows them safe, uninterrupted time to set goals and gain direction for their ongoing work.

    - Kay Starr Rachelson, L.C.S.W.
  • Since doing STAR, my client is living a much more joyful and healthy, well-balanced life. Her quality of life has improved 100%. She is meeting new friends, making progress on her eating disorder, and her self-esteem and perfectionism issues have improved greatly.

    - Candace Rosen, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Psychotherapist
  • My clients have come into a deeper connection with their feelings and are no longer resistant to “negative” feelings like fear, anger, and grief.

    - Kim Grubbs, Counselor
  • STAR advances healing in a way regular therapy cannot... Clients can achieve results that might take years in regular therapy. And for people in crisis, it is better than any hospital I’ve ever known about and thousands of dollars cheaper.

    - Wendy McCord, Ph.D., M.F.T.
  • After STAR, my clients return more willing and able to work on their issues at a deeper level. They are more aware of their issues and move into the work with less anxiety and greater openness.

    - Jayne Carson, M.S., National Certified Counselor, Certified Trauma Specialist
  • I came to STAR ready to heal and I was not disappointed. The Inner Child work gave me insights and power I never thought possible to express. For the first time in my life I can put words to my feelings. I will leave STAR knowing my truth, knowing how to express my truth and trusting my truth. I truly feel reborn. I now have my power back from habits that did not serve me well. With these new found tools I will replace a life that didn’t work to one that will bring me joy and happiness.

    - Judi, 2013
  • The 10 days were the most intense experience I ever had in therapy. I felt completely safe and succeeded to get in touch with very early traumatic incidents. I understand better my fatal patterns. I feel reconnected and free.

    - Thomas, 2013
  • This has been the most amazing experience in my life. After 13 years of therapy, and feeling stuck in the same place, STAR has brought me to a place where I can feel and see change. I have never really been truly excited about life until STAR. Now, I can’t wait to live and enjoy the happiness and life I deserve. I am not sure I would have ever felt this full of life without STAR. It scares me to think about how much more time I would have wasted living in that “black hole” not coming here. STAR’s facilitators modeled what it’s like to be real and grounded in myself. They were always right there when I needed someone. That validation, someone listening, and genuine concern for my well-being was so appreciated beyond words. The facilitators and staff are what make STAR so powerful.

    - Anonymous, 2013
  • Rather wonderful, but not, perhaps, in the way I expected. Less New Age and esoteric, and more grounded in psychological findings etc. Powerful—it’s a short cut to the root of the problem—like cutting through years of therapy to get straight to the core. And then, to show you exactly what to do to go out in the world and live a different life.

    - Anonymous, 2013
  • STAR was a pivotal, life-changing experience. Its ongoing effects are still being felt.... I will always be grateful I was guided, encouraged to go!

    - 1994 graduate
  • It was the most love I have ever felt in one place. The staff gave me 200% of their time & attention. The facets of the program were interesting, innovative, and right on.

    - 2008 graduate
  • STAR was the most eye-opening experience I have ever had.  I will go home with more knowledge and understanding than I ever thought was possible. Everyone here allowed me to discover more and more about myself each day.  I’ve realized that life is not about finding it, it’s about living it. I will go out into the world with an open heart and loving presence. I am more beautiful at this moment than I have ever been. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

    - 2008 graduate
  • I have changed and healed incredibly over the past many years. I had done much therapy prior to STAR, but I feel like STAR was the beginning of my truly deep healing as well as the beginning of my spiritual process and journeying. I am deeply grateful.

    - 1987 graduate
  • It saved my life. It was the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me.

    - 2008 graduate
  • I was a highly mechanical person before STAR, with no way to break out of my own thoughts. STAR helped me get in touch with my feelings in a way I never could have imagined. I have my heart back!

    - Andrew
  • When I came to STAR in 1996, I realize now, I had a typical form of male depression wherein everything I did was Work: My life was the Performance of one Task after Another. At every moment of the day,I felt the Weight of Duty and Responsibility on my shoulders. I Needed Always to Do My Duty and Bear My Responsibilities... and Without Complaining or Asking for Help. Life for me thus was All Work and No Play. The truth is that I didn't even know What Play Was. I was Totally Disconnected from the Fun-Loving Kid inside of me, who Did want to Play. At STAR I got Reconnected with that Kid and I learned how to take care of Him, which meant not only Allowing Him to Play, but actually Seeking Out Ways, Times, Places in which Play could Happen. I learned to Listen to that Kid, to Pay Attention to Him, to say NO to Duty and Responsibility (at least occasionally!). And Since STAR, that Kid has Always been a Big Part of Who I Am. And, sometimes, I even Ask for Help!

    - Alec McDonell
  • STAR enabled me to create a firm foundation. This has not only allowed me to solidly support what I’d already built as a life, but to add levels I would not otherwise have reached.

    - 2000 graduate
  • It was beyond words. The experience was life changing, very spiritual & healing.

    - 2008 graduate
  • Thank you to the entire staff for your unflagging willingness to hear us, be with us, walk with us on this path of healing (and lighting the way when necessary), for laughing and crying with us, for helping us to get in touch with the part of ourselves we shrank from most, for helping us to replace bad memories with new ones that we’ll never forget, for being so openly loving and open to love, for showing compassion to us and modeling it for us, for all the incredible hours of work you put in on our behalf, and just for being you, with your own special qualities, unique talents, and beautiful essence.

    - Lara
  • STAR is the most profound healing experience I’ve had so far. And I’ve been on this journey for a while now. This was the greatest gift I could have given myself. I’ve unlocked the treasures that are within me and let go of the crap that I learned in my family.

    - 2008 graduate
  • Not what I expected—so much more.

    - 2010 graduate
  • I was skeptical of the whole concept of STAR until the second day.  After that… what a ride! I feel empowered, and adequately prepared to go forward and live my life with strength, confidence, and happiness. 

    - 2008 graduate
  • Best thing in my life happened at STAR -- found me.

    - 2000 graduate
  • I have done so much therapy and self help over the last 25 years that I was skeptical of how much I would learn or get out of STAR. I got so much the 1st night that I decided if that was all I got – it would be worth it!

    - J.V.
  • STAR has turned my inner feelings about me, life in general and family responsibilities 360 degrees! I profess to all that will listen—it is the greatest gift anyone could ever give themselves—regardless of their status in life—everyone could benefit from it! STAR has made such a major impact on my life—I carry its treasures in my heart 24/7.

    - 1997 graduate
  • I am now able to look at situations much more clearly. I am amazed at myself for how well I behaved recently during some stressful and insane family situations. It was great and I am proud of myself for using what I learned at STAR.

    - 2004 graduate
  • Life transforming. By far the best investment of time and money that I have ever made in my life. My life is 500% better than before I started. (Back then I didn’t even realized that it was so bad).

    - Rachel, 2013
  • As an individual who sees life in black and white, I thought STAR would be hard for me to relate to.  I was wrong from day one. You all validated who I was and because of that I was able to trust and express myself like never before.  

    - Chris
  • This program has changed my life. As far as I am concerned, these 10 days saved me in many ways. God bless all of you who give and do so much to make this happen, you are all angels. My mind right now is on a euphoric high from all the love & energy that found me. If it wasn’t for STAR I would have derailed, you have put me back on track to living the happy life I deserve to live Thank you.

    - 2008 graduate
  • It was difficult at times. I was worried it wouldn't work, that I wouldn't change. I had an amazing experience that I would not trade for anything. I learned so much I didn't know about myself and I am ready to stand in my truth! Everyone was supportive and so much fun. Thank you to everyone!

    - K.S.
  • STAR creates a peaceful safe environment where you are surrounded with love and support; from here you delve into whatever is preventing you from living your best life. I'm amazed by the change in a week. I saw it happening to everyone. It's a great way to heal.

    - Pat S.
  • The container for the work was strong, safe, and loving enough for me to achieve healing not found in years of exploration through other modalities.

    - 2009 graduate
  • At STAR I saw miracles. I saw people, not the least of whom was myself, re-emerging into joyful life. If you want to reattach to the loving powers you were born with, do STAR. 

    - 1995 graduate
  • I was fortunate to find the STAR program... What years of therapy and medication could not achieve was realized in just a short time at STAR. 

    - 1995 graduate
  • My STAR experience saved my life. Each experience was unique, each was invaluable, and each touched me where I needed to be touched. I will be forever grateful for all that everyone did and for what I learned.

    - 1995 graduate
  • I thought life would be perfect when I returned from STAR. It actually got worse before it got better, but I knew how to move forward. It got worse because I had changed, but my environment had not. Now I live in a new city, with a wonderful partner, no drama, and when a bump in the road appears, I know I can make it over. I truly believe STAR saved my life and showed me how to start a better one.

    - 2000 graduate
  • I had very high expectations, but STAR exceeded them by far. The staff, participants, everything was just The Best! I feel I can now live rather than just survive and suffer in silence. It allowed me to drop down and really listen to the wisdom within me.

    - 2008 graduate
  • I have had a great shift in my thinking and in my body. It might have saved my life. Before I came to STAR, I was flat lining, since being here, I’ve been resuscitated and come back to life!

    - 2008 graduate
  • I’m just very thankful I was led to STAR and had the fortune to participate in it. It was an extraordinary experience. It changed my life, possibly saved it. 

    - 2003 graduate
  • STAR opened me up to see that I do have within me the capability to be happy and free. For the first time in my life, I experienced that. It has been a struggle since STAR, but the struggle is not the same hopeless struggle as before. I have seen and felt my true radiant self; that is what helps me when I get caught by the “old stuff” again.

    - 2000 graduate
  • After 28 years together we didn’t know of a happier couple. Of course we were elaborately well-connected. Just imagine the sheer volume of accommodations and adjustments, the level of acceptance, the depth of commitment, the amount of communication invested. Then we did our STARS—separately. We plunged into the ultimate intimacy—no current withholding, and no past secrets. One year later we’ve recovered the comfort and the ease and the confidence we started with. But before, our intimacy was largely a complex truce drawn through the territory of our egos. Now we’re just connected at the soul.

    - Lee and Marijo Franklin Alameda, CA
  • The safety and container for showing up is what I have never found any place else. It allowed me to go through my own, organic individual process and to receive and validate my truth, not your truth, and that’s power.   

    - Stephanie
  • My friends have and still say how I have changed.  No anger, wonderful patience and love.

    - 2003 graduate
  • This was an excellent program for me, and I would most certainly recommend it to others (and have!). Though a healing/clarifying process for everyone, it seems especially valuable for those undergoing major crisis.

    - 1994 graduate
  • STAR helped me jump forward on my path to realize the promise/destiny of my life. I am completely unwilling to look back with regrets when I can look forward now with awareness and living in my essence. STAR helped me realize this.

    - 2008 graduate
  • It was a lot of hard work, incredibly emotional and I feel like it helped me to reconnect with my inner light. Thank you. 

    - Lisa A.
  • I definitely learned from STAR what it means to be co-dependent and the tools to overcome the co-dependence. I also know now how to quickly speak to my inner-child when I start to regress. This helps me immensely. Thanks for everything STAR did for me, it changed my life.

    - 2004 graduate
  • Years of therapy in my head could not reach my woundedness. Ten days of STAR led me to my wounded child and taught me how to heal myself. I feel I am in touch with my essence. My life is changed. I am grateful. 

    - A.P.
  • STAR saved my life. I went home a changed person. I am ready for whatever the future holds. Thank you, with all of my heart. Thank you.

    - Lara
  • I would highly recommend this program to anyone. It was extremely helpful for me. I found a sense of peace and it helped me to slow everything down in my life. I laid a lot of my old demons down.

    - 2001 graduate
  • Everyday I am learning more about myself and understanding myself and my "stuff" better. I'm impressed at how well I'm handling adult situations like an adult and able to set better boundaries and take care of myself. I still have a long way to go in my recovery process, yet the shifts are taking place and for this I am very grateful. I also find that I have a new sense of compassion for people, finally understanding that peoples' "stuff" is not about me and most likely comes from a wounded place. It keeps me grounded and able to handle situations much healthier than I have in the past. Thank you STAR! 

    - 2004 graduate
  • STAR has given me a new lease on life. I am looking forward to new experiences and I have the tools to work with. Life for me will be a new beginning.

    - 2008 graduate
  • I know of no other program so rooted in reality and fact that touches your soul so deeply. STAR melds what really works with what each participant uniquely needs to move forward positively in a lasting way.

    - 2008 graduate
  • STAR was exactly what I needed at this moment. I doubt there’s a better program anywhere.

    - 2010 graduate
  • It was a life altering experience. I feel like I’m losing family in leaving. I feel blessed and incredibly empowered.

    - 2010 graduate
  • Saved the rest of my life before it started.

    - Dane, 2013
  • The most impactful and meaningful personal development experience since I began my healing journey 7 years ago at age 45. I feel I received a huge “bang for my buck” from this non-profit organization and its world-class workshop staff. I intend to return for another STAR experience.

    - Will, 2013
  • This workshop has had a profound impact on my life. Thank you, STAR, for the tools with which to reclaim my life and my relationships.

    - Anonymous
  • The love and acceptance I felt during this experience allowed me to find my joy. You’re the best role models for love and transformation I have ever seen.

    - Anonymous
  • The individual attention and work were extraordinary.

    - Anonymous
  • I came here to grieve in a safe place and was able to accomplish (or begin) it.

    - Anonymous
  • STAR has been with me for six years now, and I am using the helpful tools I discovered there every day. I cannot imagine a better and safer place for working on your "issues" and healing....The power of the STAR group, the compassionate love and the secure feeling I had the whole time was something I had never experienced before. It was very hard to return home where it's not so safe, but after those 10 days I felt much stronger. Every day my confidence had been built up and strengthened. I trusted myself and my decisions again. I had learned so much about myself, my parents, where I come from... I liked myself again....STAR has been with me during some tough times and I really do not know where I would be without STAR.  The ongoing support and nurturing love has helped me immensely in my process of healing, helped me turning grief into growth.

    - Atti Knox