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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. 

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://youtu.be/Fl1E1fVDt1s

Nuggets

Animation illustrating a metaphor for addiction

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

Antiracism

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.

https://bookshop.org/books/my-grandmother-s-hands-racialized-trauma-and-the-pathway-to-mending-our-hearts-and-bodies-9781942094470/9781942094470

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

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. 

https://the-ard.com/

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

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

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

https://native-land.ca/

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

Eastern Philosophy for Healing
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+

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

By Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney

https://bookshop.org/books/transgender-teen-a-handbook-for-parents-and-professionals-supporting-transgender-and-non-binary-teens/9781627781749

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

https://bookshop.org/p/books/before-we-were-trans-a-new-history-of-gender-kit-heyam/18687580?ean=9781541603080

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

https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-t-guide-our-trans-experiences-and-a-celebration-of-gender-expression-man-woman-nonbinary-and-beyond-gigi-gorgeous/19622575?ean=9780744070590

Disclosure Documentary

Trans representation in culture and media- available on Netflix

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

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

https://watchdocumentaries.com/paris-is-burning/

Pose

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Rose Montoya's Social Media

Transgender Education and Empowerment

IG & TT: @rosalynnemontoya

GENDER HEALTH SUBCATEGORY

UCLA Gender Health Center

Gender Affirmative Medical Care 

https://www.uclahealth.org/gender-health/

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Center for Transyouth Health and Development

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

https://www.chla.org/the-center-transyouth-health-and-development

Gender Spectrum Support Groups

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

https://genderspectrum.org/articles/gender-spectrum-groups

Refuge Restrooms

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

https://www.refugerestrooms.org/

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

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.

https://books2read.com/Somawise-Get-out-of-your-head-get-into-your-body

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

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

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

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.

https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-myth-of-normal-trauma-illness-and-healing-in-a-toxic-culture-gabor-mate/17446136?ean=9780593083888 

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.

https://bookshop.org/books/sapiens-a-brief-history-of-humankind-9781467601573/9780062316110

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 or buy.

https://therepproject.org/how-to-watch-the-film-the-mask-you-live-in/

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

https://medium.com/@karen_90828/ten-reasons-why-your-mental-health-provider-stopped-or-never-started-taking-your-health-insurance-4d7f23236483

Trauma

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

https://bookshop.org/books/no-bad-parts-healing-trauma-and-restoring-wholeness-with-the-internal-family-systems-model-9781683646686/9781683646686

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

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

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

The Choice: Embrace the Possible

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

https://bookshop.org/books/the-choice-embrace-the-possible/9781501130793

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