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Overwhelmed by all the bad in the world, and ready to give up?

Recently I became disheartened when someone I love and respect stated that they weren’t sure if they could get behind forgiveness given the state of the world today. This broke my heart a bit because this person is generous with understanding, optimism, “being the solution”, and is often t...

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Join Beverly Therapists in a Supply Drive for Asylum Seeking Families

As our hearts mourn for so much that feels so wrong in the world, we ask how can we help be the healing? At Beverly Therapists, Jennifer Lara will be leading a supply drive for Sueños Sin Fronteras. Sueños Sin Fronteras is a Latinx and Womxn- led collective responding to the immediate, short-te...

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How to Stay Sane in an Insane System

Many of us have worked in big bureaucracies or other systems in which Rule #1 seems to be “nothing makes sense.” We can spend much of our time frustrated and angry about how illogical the decisions of others may seem. Sometimes these decisions impact us directly; at other times, they just s...

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Solidarity 101: Allyship Across Identities!

“It’s hard. It’s uncomfortable. I never know what to do or say.” I was sitting in a café talking with a friend. He had just shared an incident that had happened at work involving two people of different identities. He felt badly that he froze up when witnessing a racist comment in the co...

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Reflections from a Neighborhood Therapist

“Ask me permission before you ask me a question,” the teenager shared. I quietly paused, to think about what this youth was telling me. It was our second session together and we were just beginning to cultivate a relationship. I was in my mid 20’s and had been in the social service field fo...

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on” – Abraham Lincoln September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month We would like to take this time to bring forth awareness and resources of the 10th leading cause of death  Suicide is the intentional act of taking o...

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The Importance of Celebrating LGBTQ Pride

With more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people living openly over the last decade, one might think that Pride is outdated and no longer necessary. Yet, a brief Google search reveals a different reality. Gay and lesbian young people are more likely to engage in self injury, bisexual young...

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Burning Sacred Botanicals

Upon entering a Buddhist temple incense fills the air, Catholic mass smells of frankincense, Native American Tribes “Smudge” with sacred herbs, and essential oils are commonly used in spas and places to relax. These are just some examples of how burning botanicals for aromatic, sacred experie...

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Who You Gonna Call…When You Are a First Reponder?

Not too long ago, my kids were watching the Angry Birds movie, for what seemed to be the millionth time in the week, when I heard my husband ask them to stop singing along to one of the songs. The song was Sound of da Police by KRS-One. After learning that this song portrays a […]

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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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