In addition to the teen boys sexual specific treatment group, STAR Guides now offers a therapeutic wilderness expedition uniquely designed for young women struggling with sexual behaviors. STAR Guides in one of very few programs nationally with a specialty for treating teen girls struggling with sexual behavior problems. Often due to their own trauma and abuse, young women who exhibit a pattern of reckless or promiscuous sexual behavior are prime candidates for this program. Learning to live in a wilderness setting along with intensive therapy allows young women to begin to heal from past trauma and abuse that has resulted in their problematic sexual behaviors. Young women are able to repair their identity through developing competency rather than a reliance on sex.
Girls who experience sexual trauma or abuse are often at-risk for developing a variety of mental health and/or addiction issues during adolescence and young adulthood. Among these issues include:
Post Traumatic Stress
Family Adjustment Difficulties
Personality Disorders (borderline, histrionic, narcissistic traits)
In addition to intensive psychotherapy services while in the wilderness, students also participate in an academic program and earn academic credits in the areas of Physical Education, Health/Nutrition and Creative Writing/English during their stay that can be transferred to their current school transcript.
Adolescent females ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-25 who exhibit or are struggling with any of the following behaviors:
Inability to stop viewing pornography
Inappropriate internet sexual behaviors
Reckless sexual behaviors
Sexual boundary issues within the family or with other youth.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.