Clinical Aspects of the STAR Process
The STAR Process is led by highly skilled and professionally recognized psychotherapists. This intensive experience frequently enables participants to go beyond the limitations of the traditional therapeutic approach. It provides a context in which the therapeutic process can be safely and lovingly accelerated. STAR is not considered an alternative to therapy, but a powerful adjunct. We encourage participants who are under the care of a therapist to continue work with that therapist after STAR.
The STAR Process is a rich mixture of some of the most effective psychological processes available today. STAR is firmly grounded in established developmental models, professional psychological approaches, and proven therapeutic disciplines. STAR is a balanced approach addressing the whole person—body, mind, soul, and spirit.
Integrating the best of mainstream psychotherapy with the holistic approaches found in transpersonal psychology, the STAR process itself is eclectic. Although occurring in a group context, it is highly individualized.
STAR uses both cognitive and experiential methods, involving physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of the human experience. It accesses and utilizes both conscious and unconscious avenues to self-knowledge and self-healing.
Some of the processes and therapies incorporated into the STAR Process include emotional release work, family sculpts, art therapy, birth regression, breath work, group processing, guided imagery, inner child work, journaling, lectures, sand tray therapy, cognitive exercises, psychodrama and writing assignments.
Why Therapists Choose STAR
Working as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or counselor is a highly gratifying yet demanding career. While the impulse to serve is a commendable one, sometimes the balance of care for self and others gets skewed. Personal needs may not be taken care of. Additionally, working with clients frequently becomes very evocative and unrevealed aspects of the therapist may be stimulated. Unresolved issues may create limitations in working with clients as well as compromise the quality of one’s own life.
STAR offers skillful help and support in a safe and confidential setting. Away from busy schedules and responsibilities, the professional can deeply focus on their own issues. In an environment of nurturing and personalized attention, the discovery, healing, and transcendence of personal and professional issues becomes possible.
With or without pressing symptoms, therapists and other health-care professionals have reported STAR to be beyond compare as a personal growth experience and as a professional enhancement.
Discount For Licensed Therapists?
Experience shows us those therapists who attend a STAR retreat frequently refer their colleagues and clients to the program. In order to broaden therapists' awareness of our program, we are offering a discount to currently practicing licensed therapists. Continuing Education Units (approximately 25 hours) may be available; check with the STAR office for details.