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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more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people living openly over the last decade, one might think that Pride is outdated and no longer necessary.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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Finding Ways to Survive the Holidays

I’ve seen my father, literally seen him standing in the lane with his hand out to me.  I talk to him all the time.  I talk to my mother.  I saw my son standing by the road waiting to be picked up a couple of times.  And then it wouldn’t be anybody there, or it […]

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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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Eating Disorder Awareness

With the dawn of a New Year and the New Year, New Me slogan, people are committing (or recommitting) to their wellness journey.  Gyms are offering discounts, offices have biggest loser competitions, and weight loss programs have saturated the airways. Motivation is high, now…  But as rese...

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