Healing Resources

We believe that opportunities for healing 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. 

Addiction 

 

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong 

https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong?language=en

 

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts By Gabor Mate 

Discusses addiction, homelessness, trauma 

https://bookshop.org/books/in-the-realm-of-hungry-ghosts-close-encounters-with-addiction/9781556438806

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

Poem about healing from addiction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl1E1fVDt1s&t=10s


 

Antiracism

 

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. 

Archives: https://www.antiracismdaily.com/read 

ARC suggested reads: https://bookshop.org/shop/anti-racism-daily

13th Documentary

Discusses Black History and its relation to Mass Incarceration

Available on Netflix and Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

Hello Privilege. It’s Me Chelsea 

Discusses White Privilege 

Available on Netflix.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPsLcrVlwt4

How To Build An Antiracist World TED Talk 

https://www.ted.com/talks/ibram_x_kendi_the_difference_between_being_not_racist_and_antiracist?language=en

https://bookshop.org/books/how-to-be-an-antiracist/9780525509288

How To Be An Antiracist 

By Ibram X Kendi

Explores history of racism and how to actively challenge racism.

https://bookshop.org/books/how-to-be-an-antiracist/9780525509288

Is This the Beginning of the End of American Racism? 

By Ibram X Kendi

Discusses the history of racism in the U.S.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/the-end-of-denial/614194/

Explained | Racial Wealth Gap

Discusses racism in socioeconomic systems 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqrhn8khGLM

Antiracism Resources for White People

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic

11-Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege

https://citizenshipandsocialjustice.com/11-step-guide-to-understanding-race-racism-and-white-privilege/

 

Guide to Being an Anti-Racism Activist

https://www.thoughtco.com/things-you-can-do-to-help-end-racism-3026187

 

103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

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.

https://bookshop.org/books/me-and-white-supremacy-combat-racism-change-the-world-and-become-a-good-ancestor/9781728209807

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

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/us/native-land-app-trnd/index.html

Covid-19

 

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

https://thewellnesssociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook.pdf

 

Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

Discusses how Covid-19 is draining our survival energy

https://elemental.medium.com/your-surge-capacity-is-depleted-it-s-why-you-feel-awful-de285d542f4c

Resolve Your Covid-19 Anxiety with Tapping 

Trauma Super Conference 2020 

Speaker: Nick Ortner, EFT Expert

https://traumasuperconference.com/speaker-nick-ortner/

Depression 

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

Discusses psycho-social factors for depression and anxiety

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB5IX-np5fE

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!

https://bookshop.org/books/lost-connections-why-you-re-depressed-and-how-to-find-hope/9781632868312

Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh 

Gary’s experience with depression

On HBO: https://www.hbo.com/specials/gary-gulman-the-great-depresh

 

Eastern Philosophy for Healing

Rebel Buddha By Dzogchen Ponlop

https://bookshop.org/books/rebel-buddha-a-guide-to-a-revolution-of-mind/9781590309292

 

You Are Here By Thich Nhat Hanh

https://bookshop.org/books/you-are-here-discovering-the-magic-of-the-present-moment/9781590308387

 

Dharma Punx By Noah Levine

https://bookshop.org/books/dharma-punx/9780060008956

Empathy

Jubilee Channel

Discusses various aspects of the human experience to build empathy and understanding 

https://www.youtube.com/user/jubileeProject

 

Brene Brown on Empathy 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

 

Grief

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

https://www.ted.com/talks/nora_mcinerny_we_don_t_move_on_from_grief_we_move_forward_with_it?language=en

 

How do you help a grieving friend? Youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2zLCCRT-nE

 

LGBTQIA+

Disclosure Documentary

Trans representation in culture and media- available on Netflix

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbX6JUlaEc

 

Ash Hardell Youtube Channel

Queer/Trans Psychoeducation 

https://www.youtube.com/user/HeyThere005

Pose

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

Available on Netflix

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t4YuPXdLZw

46 Terms That Describe Sexual Attraction, Behavior, and Orientation

https://www.healthline.com/health/different-types-of-sexuality

Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terms 

https://www.lgbtqiahealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/LGBT-Glossary_March2016.pdf

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

https://www.ted.com/talks/emily_quinn_the_way_we_think_about_biological_sex_is_wrong?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspread

How to come out at work, about anything TED video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PmqknYmY9Q&list=RDCMUCAuUUnT6oDeKwE6v1NGQxug&index=1

Gender Spectrum: Myths About Gender

https://genderspectrum.org/articles/myths

Gender Spectrum: Understanding Gender 

https://genderspectrum.org/articles/understanding-gender

LGBTQ+ Allyship and You: DRIEP Training

Great LGBTQ+ info for beginners

*Registration open and closes frequently, check for next opening! 

https://www.driep.org/lgbtq-training

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EcuDfDjUd8&feature=emb_logo

Interviewing LGBT High Schoolers 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haPXxFLQhJI

Transgender Children Talk About Being Raised By Their Families | them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLNdExzuKwc

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zuqUpiM26c&feature=emb_logo

Pronouns | Trans | One Word | Cut

Discusses importance of personal pronouns 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn1TC7VEpf4&feature=emb_logo

Them Youtube Channel

All things queer 

https://www.youtube.com/c/watchthem/videos

 

Bisexuality + Purity Culture + Hedonism Retreat with Gabrielle Alexa

Chatty Broads Podcast

A sex positive take on bisexuality, cultural conditioning around sex and gender roles, how sex education can fall short, cultural conditioning that leads to toxic monogamy, the benefits of non-monogamy. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8EALorIHbs

 

An Ally's Guide to Terminology 

LGBTQ+ Terminology Guide

https://www.glaad.org/files/allys-guide-to-terminology.pdf

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Ev2QG0W9M

Mind / Body Connection

 

Gabor Mate - Toxic Culture - How Materialistic Society Makes Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_ALpvLadQI

 

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.

https://bookshop.org/books/when-the-body-says-no-understanding-the-stress-disease-connection/9780470923351

 

Self Esteem

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability TED Talk 

https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability

 

Brene Brown: Listening to Shame TED Talk 

https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame

 

Queer Eye 

Discusses self improvement and self love

Available on Netflix.

Latest Season Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WechPJGpqS8

 

Demi Lovato on Ashley Graham’s Pretty Big Deal 

Discusses Eating Disorder Recovery, Body Image, Self Care 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9mqc4ou8Cc

Inquire Within by IN-Q

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

https://in-q.com/inquirewithin/

 

 

 

 

Self Efficacy

7 ADHD-Inspired Hacks for Better Concentration

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/7-adhd-inspired-hacks-for-better-concentration?slot_pos=article_3&utm_source=Sailthru%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=generalhealth&utm_content=2020-08-04&apid=35708814#Remember-that-all-of-us-with-ADHD-struggle-with-so-called-simple-daily-tasks%E2%80%8B

Dad How Do I? Youtube Channel

Teaches life skills such as how to fix items around the house

https://www.youtube.com/c/DadhowdoI

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 

https://www.tracytutor.com/book/

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.

https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

Non-Violent Communication Lectures with Marshall Rosenberg

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZnXBnz2kwk&list=PLPNVcESwoWu4lI9C3bhkYIWB8-dphbzJ3&index=1

 

Med Circle Youtube Channel

Psychoeducation videos on a large range of mental health diagnoses.

https://www.youtube.com/c/MedCircle/videos

Dr. Gabor Maté: Consequences of Stressed Parenting

Rethinking childhood diagnoses like ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and “acting out” as consequences of environment not meeting the child’s needs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGmADfU5HGU

Masterclass Website

Perfect for lovers of learning! Take classes on a broad range of topics taught by high profile professionals from entertainers to athletes to entrepreneurs. 

https://www.masterclass.com/

 

 

Social Justice

For resources specifically on race, see our Antiracist section.

 

They Call Us Monsters 

Discusses teens with juvenile life charges and juvenile legal system 

Available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_d3qIGPasY
 

The Mask You Live In 

Discusses masculinity in our culture and toxic masculinity

Available to rent on Youtube.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErOHoTHBf7Q

 

Miss Representation 

Discusses femininity in our culture

(prequel / sister documentary to The Mask You Live In) 

Available to rent on Youtube.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZYpAuUzDhU

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qkSMkiGWdg

#Unfit Documentary

Republican strategists, mental health professionals, and historians explore Donald Trump’s fitness for office and leaders with Malignant Narcissim

Available on various platforms for sale/rent including Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YNLBa1ov4Q

 

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

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaC57tcci0

Implicit Association Tests (Harvard)

Test your unconscious biases towards different groups of people

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

 

Step Inside the Circle: Compassion Prison Project

People incarcerated connect over having shared traumas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVxjuTkWQiE

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo_RUSuk4s8

Halsey's 2017 Women's March Speech

Trigger warning: explicit language and mention of assault.

Explores oppression and violence women experience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HyLtDiRDLs

Foster Care + Adoption + White Saviorism with Ellie Coburn

Chatty Broads Podcast

Young foster / adoption mom shares her life story of loss and struggle with mental health concerns, what she learned about white saviorism, and her experience as an unconventional foster mother to meet the community need.

For Ellie's life story start at the beginning, for white saviorism / foster / adoption content start at 39:50. 

https://youtu.be/d_m9I2XLpxs

 

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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A496QC-BMBc

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."

https://buildingmovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ecosystem-Guide-2020.pdf

https://buildingmovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ecosystem-Roles-2020.pdf

 

 

Trauma

 

Cracked Up with Darrell Hammond

Darrell’s story of child abuse and addiction recovery 

Available on Netflix.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK_WmHUqvvk

 

The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk

Discusses how trauma memories are stored in the body 

https://bookshop.org/books/the-body-keeps-the-score-brain-mind-and-body-in-the-healing-of-trauma/9780143127741

 

DissociaDID Youtube Channel 

Psychoeducation on Dissociative Identity Disorder and trauma 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6kFD5xIFvWyLlytv5pTR1w

Healing Trauma with Compassionate Inquiry

Trauma Super Conference 2020

Speaker: Dr. Gabor Mate 

https://traumasuperconference.com/speaker-gabor-mate/

 

Fast Acting Nutrition and Lifestyle Solutions For Chronic Anxiety 

Trauma Super Conference 2020 

Speaker: Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist 

https://traumasuperconference.com/speaker-trudy-scott/

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOg0TY1jG3w

Do You Have Trauma in Your Body? 

The Holistic Psychologist discusses some symptoms of trauma stuck in your body and how to start releasing the trauma energy 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSPqM_Kkqng

What is Felt Sense? With Dr. Peter Levine 

Healing through working with body sensations and emotions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBLe84U7AaM&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3MHw9WUmIzQwCurwvfE1FyhJEiR3nRD7rKaUC31vMGbBOg_GMKau-wCWA

Treating Trauma: Two ways to feel more safe outside of therapy 

Dr Peter Levine 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7zAseaIyFA

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine

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

https://bookshop.org/books/waking-the-tiger-healing-trauma-the-innate-capacity-to-transform-overwhelming-experiences/9781556432330

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.

https://bookshop.org/books/childhood-disrupted-how-your-biography-becomes-your-biology-and-how-you-can-heal/9781476748368?aid=10388

Inner Child Work

The Holistic Psychologist discusses how to heal through taking care of your inner child 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnff_eRxIpE

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

Discusses different kinds of support for those healing from trauma. 

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/routes-of-safety-model

LGBTQ+ Group Picks for Self Care

Our Participants in our LGBTQ+ Support Group love to share resources with each other! Here are some of the ones they have shared. 

Same Content Warning As Above:

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.

Books

We Are The Ants

Legend

A Court of Thrones and Roses

Throne of Glass 

Song of Achilles

Carry On 

Wayward Son

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

The Color Purple 

Music

Daniel You Are Still a Child by Declan McKenna

Blame by Kayden

Girl in Red (Artist) 

Supercuts by Jeremy Zucker 

Kiefer (Jazz Pianist) 

Flower Boy by Tyler the Creator 

Billie Eilish (Artist)

Shelter by Porter Robinson

The Boy in the Bubble by Alec Benjamin 

God in Jeans by Ryan Beatty

Chicken Soup by Skrillex

Movies

Aviator

All Together Now (Netflix) 

TV Shows

Euphoria

Avatar The Last Airbender 

Legend of Korra

She-Ra 

Shameless

Umbrella Academy

Pose

Banana Fish

Into the Abyss 

Magical Girl Site 

Love Victor 

Other Resources

Natural Readers Website (Reads PDFs out loud to you!)

Focus Keeper App (Timer to help with productivity and timing breaks)

Contact Rae

Contact Angela

Rachel Amirian, LCSW #88573

28310 Roadside Drive, Suite 210 

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

​Tel: 818-309-5534

rae@gnecenter.com

Angela Shankman, LCSW #88574

28310 Roadside Drive, Suite 210 

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

​​Tel: 818-309-5848

angela@gnecenter.com

Rachel Amirian Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Angela Shankman Licensed Clinical Social Worker PC DBA Good Nature Empowerment Center