What is STAR?
STAR (Steps To A Release) is a brain-based method that targets the negative physical and emotional effects of chronic and/or acute stress and trauma. It allows affected individuals to reclaim control over their lives and achieve a harmonious state of being.
Today, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is most often associated with combat veterans. However, many difficult experiences can result in long-lasting stress. Examples include natural disasters, transportation accidents, unwanted sexual experiences and violence. Regardless of the source of stress, such events make individuals vulnerable to negative health outcomes.
Some behaviors that can result from traumatic experiences include: being unable to sleep well or concentrate, experiencing physical reactions (e.g., sweating, difficulty breathing) when reminded of the negative experience, feelings of reliving the event, persistent anxiety, and the loss of joy in life.
These behaviors are tied to changes in the brain’s response to trauma. A healthy “fight or flight” response is an innate and important tool for survival. However, in individuals exposed to extreme stress or trauma, this natural, protective brain response fails. Neuroscientists show that this is related to fewer connections between brain areas important for adaptive behavior, including regions associated with emotional regulation, motivation and memories.
Researchers and clinicians are increasingly turning to device-based treatments like deep brain stimulation (DBS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to change brain patterns in trauma patients. STAR therapy also targets this impaired neural circuitry, but without using hardware. The mechanism of action such treatments bring is unclear, but the outcomes of STAR therapy are overwhelmingly positive.
Clients consistently report that they can move on, and let go of past experiences that used to control their thoughts and actions. Even those who cannot put a finger on the exact source of their stress recover energy, clarity, and harmony in their lives.