It is a natural human need to connect with others, to experience affectionate closeness. We not only need to form connections with others to survive, but our overall physical and mental health and wellbeing is directly affected by the amount of nurturing and loving touch we receive on a regular basis. In short, relationships are a fundamental need shared by every human being. Patterns of relating are learned early in our families. When we are loved, respected and cared for we learn to trust in relationships. Conversely, when our early caregivers were neglectful, rejecting, or harmful we learned to be very cautious, even fearful of connecting to others. These models stay with us and influence later ways of relating as well as choices of partners and associates.
At STAR, a safe place is created for your core personal work. You are introduced to valuable tools for empowering yourself to develop healthy relationships without sacrificing your personal needs for self-respect and integrity. As old negative patterns of feeling and thinking are transformed, you can escape the dysfunctional habits of clinging dependence, or stoic independence, and move toward a state of healthy interdependence.