GROW and Gendernauts have joined together to provide an affirming space for gender expansive, transgender, agender, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, LGBTQ+ High School aged teens. Join us for monthly meetings and activities in this highly collaborative, wonderfully supportive group!
For more information, contact:
Christina Sprayberry, LCSW 314/550-4384 or
Bonn Wade, LCSW at 773/330-2544
A gathering for stillness, reflection, and connection in rhythm with natures moon cycles.
Sacred time and space to deepen into stillness with supported meditation practice,
allow contemplation with the power of putting words to paper,
and be a witness to yourself and others while setting intentions/releasing
in a ceremonious way with each new and full moon.
Come as you are, dress comfortably, bring a journal (optional), and please plan your arrival early (doors lock and doorbell disconnects at start). No drop ins due to space limitations but feel free to contact Christina the same day for spaces.
This is a space for feminine identified or any gender connecting with sacred feminine energy; although it is not restricted to women-only, it is a sacred feminine space. Open and affirming to all belief systems.
What to expect in this practice: forming the circle with a check in, an introduction of meanings/associations of the current moon phase and season, a guided meditation (based in mindfulness, yoga nidra, or visualization), a moment for personal reflection and writing, then we witness each other sharing (optional) our intentions (and burning our writings in our center caldron), a small ending meditation/connection, and check out to release the circle. Here is more about the moon circle: http://beverlytherapists.com/moon-circle/
If you’re curious and interested but still unsure – reach out! Christina welcomes your inquiry.
$15 a session (sliding fee scale options available upon request)
10 people max due to space limitations, preregistration and advanced payment required (no refunds can be issued)
Typically, we gather on “Moonday Dias Lunes” or Mondays, closest to the new and full moons from 7:30 – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required, please contact Christina to register.
Many youth struggle to express themselves in positive, non-detrimental ways. There can be a lack of appropriately developed coping skills or ways to vent. Coupled with a disconnect from parents and those perceived as authority figures, they can develop misguided or rushed decision making practices.
Developing appropriate ways to express one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions will aid teen and pre-teens with age appropriate decision-making abilities. This empowerment should spurn continued “think first” mentality while learning to breathe and count prior to action should also prove valuable.
For young people ages 12 – 18, this workshop will demonstrate ways to express one’s self by utilizing calculated thought while presenting confidence. It will also demonstrate breathing techniques to help allow processing of one’s thoughts.
About the presenter: Pete D. Hardy III has provided therapeutic/counseling services since 2005, functioning in various settings and with various populations. He can be reached at 872-228-6315.
As a parent, it can be hard to keep up with all the social media platforms your child may have access to. Between the humorous memes and make-up or slime tutorials, your child is also being bombarded with the pressure for “likes” and followers. Helping your child navigate their social world through technology can be even more complicated by the developmental changes they are experiencing during their adolescence.
In years to come there will be more psychological research to help us all better understand how social media effects our emotions, relationships, and brain functioning. In the “memetime” (see what I did there?), we can inform ourselves of how to help our children and teens use such platforms responsibly.
This workshop will offer parents basic knowledge of existing social media platforms and how to have conversations with their child about the content they may view. Parents will also be informed of ways that they can create structure around their child’s use of social media, including the creation of a family contract.
About the presenter: Crystal Balfour, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in the mental health treatment of children and adolescents. For the past 7 years, she has worked collaboratively with children, teens, and their families to address various challenges, such as trauma, grief, depression, and anxiety. She can be reached by phone at (773) 309-1745 or by email at email@example.com.
Just as a single candle lights up a dark room, each of us has an inherent power that can create peace even during the hardest time.
In this workshop, we will come to understand how we create from our intentions and beliefs. We will learn the power of transforming fear into hope, and ways to hold and foster our dreams for peace. We will share our intentions for personal, community and world peace and hold a collective meditation to amplify these intentions. We will create a community prayer flag together, as well as individual origami peace cranes to take home.
Weather permitting, we may go outside together to hang our peace flag and to send healing peaceful energy to the earth and all of its inhabitants. Please dress warmly.
About the presenter: Lisa Catania, LCSW has been a therapist in private practice for over 25 years. She is a co-founder of Beverly Therapists. She believes that with love, everything is possible; that peace starts from within each of us; and that we are the change we seek. Lisa can be reached directly at 773-719-1751.
‘I just want to be heard’, ‘why won’t they listen’ ‘what I said was…, and you heard…’, `why can’t we just get along`
All common concerns I hear from couples all the time. Many times, in relationships individuals become overwhelmed with their emotions and preconceived thoughts, and have grave difficulties expressing and listening to their partner. This hinders the ability to share feelings and needs due to the fear of conflict, which causes distance and distrust.
Learning and using effective communication skills improves communication and insight, enables partners to identify patterns, and shift the outcomes of one’s relationship.
This workshop will teach an emotionally-focused approach. Kanosha will lead participants in an open discussion about communication in their relationships, define primary and secondary emotions, and learn an emotionally-focused approach to communication. Please register with your partner, $10 fee for each person.
About the presenter: Kanosha Leonard, LCPC has been a therapist for 16 years, in private practice for 3 years. She loves helping clients create a sense of homeostasis. Her advanced training in Gottman’s model of relational therapy allows her to help couples navigate through the difficulties in their relationship. She can be reached at 773-490-2540.
A Networking Event for local health care and social service providers, Beverly Therapists is hosting its’ bi-annual Health Professionals Networking Event on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. We look forward to socializing with local health care professionals interested in strengthening connections within our local community. Please bring business cards, brochures, etc. to share. Refreshments and light appetizers will be provided. Please join us for this casual and fun event.