By the time Amber* turned 16 years old, she had already experienced several traumas in her life.
She had been abandoned by her family as a small child and became a foster youth, and later lived through the horror of being a human trafficked youth. In an effort to numb her pain, she turned to substances and struggled with substance abuse, which later led to a criminal charge.
Amber faced all of these challenges alone until the day she was referred to StarVista by a probation officer. With the support of StarVista’s safe and caring mental health clinicians and case managers, she was able to work through her traumas and discover her resilience and strength. She was also able to find stable housing in one of our residential services for youth.
While receiving StarVista services, Amber actively participated in individual and group counseling, and began to learn safe coping skills. Amber began to feel hopeful and started to believe that she could create the kind of future that she always dreamed of for herself.
Despite her many ups and downs, Amber is now maintaining her sobriety and continues to work on her traumas with the support of her mental health clinician. She has secured employment, and is now pursuing her dream of getting a college degree. StarVista continues to support Amber throughout her journey, always inspiring hope and empowering her to achieve her goals.
StarVista helps children, youth, adults, and families navigate life’s challenges by empowering individuals, inspiring hope, and strengthening communities. StarVista sees the potential in clients to overcome life’s challenges. Our resources and guidance help clients, like Amber, gain the skills and confidence to realize their best futures.
*Name changed to protect confidentiality