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Vaya Rediscovers a Love of Music

Lidia Harding
Success Stories Youth and Family Counseliing
Vaya receives therapy at YES

Amidst the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic, Vaya* turned to running as a means to cope. However, fate took an unexpected turn when an unfortunate injury forced her to give up running, leaving her feeling lost and depressed.

“I lost the motivation to do anything. I would just stay in my room. I was really unmotivated to do anything else, and I started getting bad grades at school,” said Vaya.

Witnessing the impact on their daughter, Vaya’s parents enrolled her in therapy at YES.

Vaya’s counselor proved to be a guiding light, encouraging her to explore different areas of her life that she might find joy in. Vaya rediscovered a long-forgotten passion – music, more specifically, jazz guitar.

Through therapy and music, Vaya began to discover a way to process her emotions and gained a sense of self-awareness.

“I’m a lot happier overall. More self-aware. I know how to cope better. And I’m not as like hard on myself if I get down.”

Encouraged by her therapist and through the support of her family, Vaya became motivated to further her love of jazz guitar, recently performing at the Lionel Hampton Festival in Idaho and at the Paramount Theater in Seattle with her school. These experiences have inspired Vaya to pursue music as a career.

Vaya’s journey shows the remarkable potential of therapy and the arts. That, even in the face of adversity, there are always avenues to be explored. Through her determination and the support of her loved ones and her therapist Vaya has embraced a newfound sense of purpose and fulfillment.

*At YES, we respect everyone who comes to us for support, and many are working on improving their lives. So while their stories are true, client names and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.


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