Going to this program was one of the best decisions I ever made. I came into NorthStar with a set plan on what I was there for, was going to deal with, and when I was going to leave. But all that changed pretty quickly. My journey with my therapist(s) was, although frustrating and sometimes even infuriating, incredibly valuable and more or less life changing. And I think that’s how therapy is supposed to be-it’s a work in progress and a good therapist will help you realize things about yourself that not only you may not have realized, but you didn’t want to realize-which can change your entire path. These are the kinds of therapists I had the privilege to work with at NorthStar.
This year, I transitioned back to school and looking back on my journey I have to say that this program has transformed me. The person I was a year ago and the person I am today are two completely different people, and I owe that to NorthStar. I'm stronger in ways that I didn’t even know were possible. I am who I am because of my experience there and it will always be a part of me. I owe my life to those people-the people who never for a second gave up on me, who never let me give up on myself, and I will never forget that.
After three tumultuous years of failed treatment efforts in individual, group, and partial hospital programs, this is the first time that our teen has truly engaged and grown, and we as a family have begun to heal. We credit these changes to the quality of your staff members, and the therapeutic environment you create through the strong sense of community, acceptance, accountability, and connection.
Our teen's years of mental health struggles had buried personality traits that we treasure and feared were gone – sense of humor, affection, empathy and generosity – and we are grateful beyond measure to see these qualities return.
I attended NorthStar for about two and a half months while in between schools. The program was extremely helpful, not only to find a better fitting school for me, but also in helping me deal with my personal anxiety and insecurities in and out of school. I truly believe NorthStar taught me important skills for dealing with anxiety in and out of school, in terms of academics, and social aspects of my daily life.
Possibly most importantly I believe this program changed the way I think of myself for the better. I am very proud of my work in the program to get over my anxiety, and successfully transitioning back into school, and I think volunteering at NorthStar after I graduated shows the positive connections I made at NorthStar.