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Healing Resources

We believe that opportunities for healing and learning are everywhere, not just in a therapy room! We recommend checking out the following resources to supplement your journey in therapy.

Please be aware that all of these resources contain potentially triggering and mature material. If you feel overwhelmed during your engagement with these resources, please check in with your therapist for additional support. 


Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong


In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts By Gabor Mate 

Discusses addiction, homelessness, trauma

"Addiction Poem" A Message Of Hope by IN-Q

Poem about healing from addiction


Animation illustrating a metaphor for addiction


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Explores how racialized trauma is stored in the bodies of all races and how to start healing from it.

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Explore the different aspects of white supremacy and how white supremacy has show up in your life.

Antiracism Daily 

Daily newsletter that discusses various issues within BIPOC communities with various writers from many Communities of Color. Get the daily email or explore the archives.

ARC suggested reads:

13th Documentary

Discusses Black History and its relation to Mass Incarceration

Available on Netflix and Youtube

How To Build An Antiracist World TED Talk

How To Be An Antiracist 

By Ibram X Kendi

Explores history of racism and how to actively challenge racism.

Is This the Beginning of the End of American Racism? 

By Ibram X Kendi

Discusses the history of racism in the U.S.

Explained | Racial Wealth Gap

Discusses racism in socioeconomic systems

Article: This app will show you what Indigenous land you're on


This Could Be Why You're Depressed or Anxious TED Talk By Johann Hari

Discusses psycho-social factors for depression and anxiety

Lost Connections By Johann Hari 

Discusses psycho-social factors for depression and anxiety and how to heal from them, elaborates more on Hari's TED talk above!

Eastern Philosophy for Healing

We Don’t Move On From Grief. We Move Forward With It TED Talk


How do you help a grieving friend? Youtube video


Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens

By Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender

By Kit Heyam

Explores the history of the spectrum of gender identity and gender roles that do not align with the gender binary

The T Guide: Our Trans Experiences and a Celebration of Gender Expression--Man, Woman, Nonbinary, and Beyond

By Gigi Gorgeous and Gottmik

Fun, conversational guide on the trans experience

Disclosure Documentary

Trans representation in culture and media- available on Netflix


Paris is Burning

1990 Documentary on the New York drag and ball scene in the 1980s that is a pivotal part of drag, queer and trans history

Content warning: outdated queer language, some of which is now considered derogatory or inaccurate


Based on Queer and Trans community in 1980s/1990s New York City


46 Terms That Describe Sexual Attraction, Behavior, and Orientation

The way we think about biological sex is wrong TED Talk

By Emily Quinn

Discusses biological sex existing on a spectrum and importance of advocating for Intersex visibility

How to come out at work, about anything TED video

Gender Spectrum: Myths About Gender

Gender Spectrum: Understanding Gender


Effective Allyship: A Transgender Take on Intersectionality | Ashlee Marie Preston | TEDxPasadena

Interviewing LGBT High Schoolers

Transgender Children Talk About Being Raised By Their Families | them

Your words have the power to end suffering of LGBTQ youth | Kat Clark | TEDxTauranga

Pronouns | Trans | One Word | Cut

Discusses importance of personal pronouns

Them Youtube Channel

All things queer


An Ally's Guide to Terminology 

LGBTQ+ Terminology Guide


5 Tips For Parents of LGBT Kids | Queer 101 | The Advocate

A pastor and mom gives advice to parents of LGBTQ+ children from a faith based perspective

Rose Montoya's Social Media

Transgender Education and Empowerment

IG & TT: @rosalynnemontoya


UCLA Gender Health Center

Gender Affirmative Medical Care

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Center for Transyouth Health and Development

Gender Affirmative Medical Care for ages up to 25 and peer support groups

Gender Spectrum Support Groups

Groups for trans, non-binary and gender expansive preteens, teens, and their parents

Refuge Restrooms

Ranking site for how safe public bathrooms are for gender expansive individuals, search by location.

Mind / Body Connection

Gabor Mate - Toxic Culture - How Materialistic Society Makes Us


When The Body Says No by Gabor Maté

Explores the stress disease connection and correlations between specific life experiences / emotional regulation styles in connection to major diseases such as Cancer, ALS, Asthma, etc.

Somawise: Get out of your head, get into your body by Dr. Luke Sniewski

Explores connecting with the body in order to make deeper healing possible. Helps you to explore what's been living in your nervous system and how to release what's holding you back.

Self Esteem

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability TED Talk


Brene Brown: Listening to Shame TED Talk

Inquire Within by IN-Q

Book of poetry on various subjects including self examination and society examination by IN-Q

Self Efficacy

Fear Is Just A Four-Letter Word By Tracy Tutor

A real estate agent's take on building confidence and success in business and beyond

16 Personalities Test

Online version of the Meyers Briggs Type Inventory. Learn how your  personality type functions in relationships, at work, in problem solving, etc. Learn more about your strengths and areas of growth.

Non-Violent Communication Lectures with Marshall Rosenberg

Reimagine your communication style with this compassionate, needs based approach to communication.

Social Justice

For resources specifically on race, see our Antiracist section.

The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté

Discusses the toxic aspects of our society that have been normalized that are causing nervous system dysregulation. 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 

Explores the history of humans as a species and how modern human culture came to be.

They Call Us Monsters 

Discusses teens with juvenile life charges and juvenile legal system 

Available on Youtube:

The Mask You Live In 

Discusses masculinity in our culture and toxic masculinity

Available to rent or buy.

I was an MS-13 gang member. Here's how I got out.


The Social Dilemma Documentary 

Discusses how social media and the internet is designed to be addictive, how the internet effects self esteem, how algorithms are contributing to divide, misinformation and chaos in society 

Available on Netflix


Implicit Association Tests (Harvard)

Test your unconscious biases towards different groups of people


Step Inside the Circle: Compassion Prison Project

People incarcerated connect over having shared traumas

Honor Yard: Compassion Prison Project

Explores the mental health symptoms that many people who are incarcerated struggle with. Those incarcerated are some of the most traumatized members of society.

Halsey's 2017 Women's March Speech

Trigger warning: explicit language and mention of assault.

Explores oppression and violence women experience.


Compassion In Action with Fritzi Horstman and Gabor Maté

Gabor and Fritzi discuss our traumatized culture, trauma as the root to both addiction and incarceration, and how important it is for society to become more trauma informed.

The Social Change Ecosystem Map & Roles Definitions

"The Social Change Ecosystem Map is a framework that can help individuals, networks, and organizations align with social change values, individual roles, and the broader ecosystem."

Ten Reasons Why Your Mental Health Provider Stopped (or Never Started) Taking Your Health Insurance

Behind the scenes information on the issues of insurance coverage for mental health services


No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard Schwartz

This is Paris Documentary

Paris Hilton and friends share traumatic experiences in abusive boarding schools and the issues with the "Troubled Teen Industry"

Full documentary available for free on Youtube

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine

Discussed the components of trauma and how trauma stores itself in your body.

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal

Book by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Connects childhood adversity to later mental health and physical health concerns.

Move Over, Love Languages: Do You Know Your ‘Route of Safety’?

Discusses different kinds of support for those healing from trauma.

The Choice: Embrace the Possible

Psychologist Dr Edith Eger shares her wisdom and insight after surviving the Holocaust as a teenager.

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