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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more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people living openly over the last decade, one might think that Pride is outdated and no longer necessary.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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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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A Shift in How We Think About and Work with Our Teenagers

During a recent trip home to Miami, I ran into a childhood friend in the grocery store that I hadn’t seen since high school. We shared a sweet moment as we caught up and talked about the highlights of our lives over the last 25 years. We covered the usual banter – mutual friends, places [&hel...

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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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