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The Importance of Affirmations

This morning, I rolled out of bed reminding myself of my new self-care routine. But first, I had to clear a few mental road blocks: don’t look at emails, don’t look at Facebook, don’t stop to make a coffee first….  I tied my shoes, opened my treasure chest of essential oils, reached for ...

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“Welcome Diversity” sign

Each precious onto ourselves, we are wonderfully varied and extraordinary.  We each have a personal history and purpose that is worthy of respect. In today’s political climate, we are called to safeguard the importance and beauty of our diverse identities, whether our identities are defined by...

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The Culture of Bullying

I bullied a Deacon once.  Unfortunately, it was easier to do than I thought. And I found I was quite good at it. A few years ago we, at Beverly Therapists, collaborated with Blossom Boys to foster their initiative, “Bully Free Beverly”.  A Deacon at a south-side church asked us to help a ta...

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Diverse, Yet Unified: Empowered Voices

(photo source: Facebook) By Ashley Morris, LCSW and Lisa Catania, LCSW Therapists often stay quiet and neutral during socially disruptive, violent times. We sit, in confidence, as individuals tell us about their fears and hurts. We lovingly hold their pains, encourage healing, and promote assert...

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Spreading Kindness, One February at a Time

Two years ago, Beverly Therapists launched a “Random Acts of Kindness” project in our neighborhood, asking people to perform random, anonymous acts of kindness for strangers. We requested that people leave a card, asking the recipient to “pay it forward” and gift someone else an act of ki...

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Inside Out

Pixar’s new movie, Inside Out, has created a buzz in the therapy world. My adult clients have been the most fascinated with the numerous levels of insight that the movie provides into the “human psyche” and the complex experience of relationship within oneself and with others. What a novel ...

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