abuse in any form is a type of warfare. Children and adults are
forever changed and the effects are far-reaching. Shame,
isolation, hiding, fear, rage ... hopelessness are all symptoms.
Sometimes it seems better just to give up.
THERE IS HOPE
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a new diagnosis that
includes childhood trauma and adult trauma. Treatment has also evolved
from talk therapy and medications to a more holistic approach, which
includes body, energy, and spiritual work with cognitive therapy.
The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Recovery (STAR)™ program
goes beyond contemporary traditional treatment. Using ancient healing
techniques practiced for thousands of years, the STAR program helps
to create a bridge between the traumatic experience of abuse and
the desire to become a thriving member of the family and community.
To do this, the program addresses the whole person: Mind, Body,
Heart and Soul. Through the program, participants experience directly
the healing power of techniques used for thousands of years to effectively
integrate the Wounded Spirit. They learn specific practices they
can use on a daily basis, as needed.
Everyone has the opportunity to tell their story, express their
nightmares, and let go of the fear and trauma.
Participation in the program will not complete
the healing of survivors, but is is an excellent modality in their
Gerry Starnes, M.Ed.
Sara Willerson, LCSW
Are you experiencing Post Traumatic Stress
you can not diagnose yourself, this simple assessment can help
you understand what is happening.
Take the self assessment inventory
For more information about the program or to make donations to
support our work, please contact
The next STAR Retreat is scheduled for March 20-24, 2014 at Canyon of the Eagles resort at Lake Buchanan.
Contact Karen Hutchins to register.
Email or phone 512-440-9082
Download the Registration Form
abuse often begins in childhood.
"Childhood abuse in all forms affects
an individual and is life changing. Because it often begins
at a young age, many survivors do not know the feeling of safety,
feeling heard, or feeling their own self worth and usefulness.
"While survivors often function effectively,
there are often continual symptomology that reoccurs and many
survivors crash later in life, when the accumulation of life
stressors becomes overwhelming.
"There has been a cultural amnesia to
the extent and effects of childhood abuse and trauma. It is
difficult for our culture to own the darkness and cruelty of
humans to other humans.
"Our mental health system has often misdiagnosed
survivors and rather than treated the underlying cause, has
thrown medications at them to decrease the symptoms.
"PTSD becomes intergenerational
if healing doesn't occur. The STAR program was developed
as part of that healing for individuals and the community."
- Karen Hutchins, Clinical Director