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Building Connection in an Intercultural Relationship

By tamika-lewis | September 25, 2023 | Inspiration

In the modern world, love knows no borders. Intercultural relationships, born out of shared interests, passions, or simply fate, have become increasingly common. These unions promise a rich tapestry of experiences, blending the diverse backgrounds of partners into a unique and beautiful connection. Yet, like any relationship, intercultural unions come with their own set of challenges and rewards. Here, we’ll explore the highs and lows of intercultural relationships and offer insights on how to build a strong, secure connection that bridges the gaps between different families and cultural backgrounds.

The Right to Rest

By tamika-lewis | September 4, 2023 | Inspiration

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the significance of taking a break often gets lost in the race to achieve more and work harder. Labor Day stands as a reminder of the importance of rest, reflecting the history of labor unions, current workers’ struggles, and the broader human right to rest. This becomes especially pertinent when considering the historical context of people of color who have endured various degrees of enslavement and exploitation. The following delves into the history of Labor Day, the progress of labor unions today, the ongoing writers and SAG-AFTRA strike, and the imperative to prioritize rest and well-being in our lives.

The Nuances of Gender

By tamika-lewis | July 3, 2023 | Inspiration

In a world that is constantly evolving, it is essential that we open our hearts and minds to embrace the beautiful diversity that exists within humanity. One aspect of this diversity is gender, which extends far beyond the traditional binary concept of male and female. It is a spectrum of identities and expressions that encompass a wide range of experiences.

In the following letter, a team member writes openly on their reflections on gender that have manifested over the past year. This letter is a heartfelt invitation to explore the concept of gender expansiveness, to celebrate and honor the individuals who identify beyond the confines of societal norms. It is a call to cultivate empathy and understanding, creating a more inclusive and compassionate world for everyone.

What is wabi sabi? The beauty in imperfection and impermanence

By tamika-lewis | May 9, 2023 | Inspiration

The world often tells us to strive for perfection, but what if we find beauty in the imperfection? This is where the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi (侘寂) comes in. This way of life teaches us to embrace the beauty of the imperfect, and it can be used in all aspects of life — from decorating our homes to accepting our individual selves and our relationships.

Celebrating the Contributions of Women of Color in the Field of Therapy

By tamika-lewis | March 13, 2023 | Inspiration

As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize the groundbreaking work of women in the field of therapy, particularly those who have been pioneers for women of color. The field of psychology has long been dominated by white men- but in the wake of the Civil Rights and Women’s movements in the 1960s and 70s, women have been making strides in many professions. From Inez Beverly Prosser, to Martha Bernal and Mamie Phipps Clark, to Reiko True and Jennifer Eberhardt—these women have blazed trails in the world of psychology and continue to inspire generations of therapists.

Ikigai: A Japanese Concept for Finding Your Purpose

By tamika-lewis | March 6, 2023 | Inspiration

Have you ever felt like there was something missing in your life, but you just couldn’t put your finger on it? You may be familiar with the concept of “ikigai” – a Japanese concept which translates to “reason for being” or “the joy of living.” It is a way of looking at life and discovering purpose, meaning, and joy. Let’s explore what ikigai is and how it can help you find your passion.

How to Deal With Racism the Right Way

By abigail-butler | May 29, 2021 | Inspiration

Racism and discrimination are part of our society whether we want to admit that or not. Although racial discrimination is prohibited by law and the constitution, the reality is much different. The problem lies in society’s lack of willingness to truly embrace different ethnicities and races. So how to deal with racism and the things that accompany it? We will try to give you some guidance on how to tackle this matter on a day-to-day basis.

Cultivating Compassion in Children

By tamika-lewis | June 11, 2020 | Inspiration

Ever have dinner with a therapist? My kids would be the first to tell you that it’s no ordinary affair. We dish up mac and cheese and existential debates at our dinner table. Like if sea animals were human would SeaWorld still exist? And will heaven be filled with OMG dolls?

Manifesting MLK

By tamika-lewis | January 20, 2020 | Inspiration

Every year on MLK Day , we are reminded of the brilliant teachings by Martin Luther King Jr. Our Instagram and twitter feeds are flooded with quotes by the visionary. The quotes, while poignant and beautiful, tend to remain on the surface of our psyches. To do justice to MLK is to manifest his words in our lives. Below are a few of his most popular quotes along with an explanation on how we can apply them to our daily lives.

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