Resources

Below are links to various resources for all sorts of information, networking, etc.  I also have listed therapists that I know in other locations as well.  I hope these are helpful.

THE WORDS IN GREEN ARE LINKS, TO WEB SITES OR EMAIL ADDRESSES !

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SHARE Recovery Centers:  Culver City & Downtown Los Angeles

Alcoholics Anonymous Los Angeles Meeting Directory

Narcotics Anonymous Southern California Region Information

Al-Anon Family Groups of Southern California

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous (for all eating disorders including Anorexia, click here for more info about O.A.)

Adult Children of Alcoholics (and other dysfunctional families) Take the screening quiz here.

CoDependents Anonymous      CoDependency Information

12 Step Meeting information ~ Other 12 Step Programs

 

THE SERENITY PRAYER and other prayers

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Thoughts on Friendship
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Our current time is laden with so-called "Evangelical Christianity" whiich is often heavy with shame, guilt, and other forms of "religious abuse."  Many people who grow up in such religious institutions reject the "Christianity" that was presented to them by those churches.   The problem is that often the values of these churches are not in fact actually "Christian."

"Creed or Chaos" is a set of simple essays on actual "Christian" dogma and doctrine, which is often in sharp contrast to the beliefs people receive in these churches.  These essays are succinct, easy to read, and can help clarify what actual "Christian Beliefs" are.

"Creed or Chaos" is a restatement of basic historical Christian Doctrine, based on the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, similar to but somewhat more densely written than C.S. LewisMere Christianity. Both sought to explain the central doctrines of Christianity, clearly and concisely, to those who had encountered them in distorted or watered-down forms, on the grounds that, if you are going to criticize something, you had best know what it is first.

"Creed or Chaos" by Dorothy L. Sayers

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GRANDPARENTING PLUS is a blog created by two wonderful women I know, a mother-daughter team, June Solnit Sale and Laurie Sale.  

June is an MSW, mother of three, grandmother of two and greatgrandmother of four.  She is an active child care advocate, author & consultant, with a special interest in public policy issues concerning children and their families.  

Laurie Sale is the mother of two, grandmother of five and a recognized leader & innovator in creating community & outreach resources for parents, grandparents, kids and teachers.  She has worked extensively with professionals involved in children's advocacy, education & media, and has developed, sold and marketed quality children's media products.  She is bilingual (Spanish/English).

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Ria Severance, LMFT, Executive Development Consulting Ria is an excellent psychotherapist in the Pasadena/South Pasadena California area.  She is also an Executive Development Consultant, and a certified mediator.  She has served executives and employees from major Los Angeles law firms and corporations for over 20 years. Ms. Severance’s style is genuine and direct. She is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Her fresh approach ignites and invigorates, as it empowers. Ms. Severance offers an understanding of individual and interpersonal dynamics that brings an extraordinary depth to her work.Consultations are available to organizations, or on an individual, confidential basis for executive leaders who wish to meet ongoing challenges in a more satisfying way.

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Village Health Foundation  From their website:  "The Village Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2001, by Jewel Thais-Williams. Our main mission is to provide affordable, accessible, and effective professional services in complementary medicine to the community. We originally began as a natural healthcare clinic offering nontoxic treatments for people with HIV/AIDS.

Our activities have expanded to include treatments for a wide range of diseases. We treat clients who are at risk for, or who have already developed diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, chronic diseases, and/or have any variety of pain issues.

Our patients come from all walks of life, and all are welcome. Many of them are Latino and African Americans who have a high risk for HIV/AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, prostate cancer and breast cancer. We provide innovative, culturally-relevant preventative health education as well as therapy. Our treatment and educational programs offer practical tools for reducing the risk of disease; for those who have an illness, we offer tools for learning to live with it."

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Black AIDS Institute  The Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's Mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

Our motto describes a commitment to self-preservation: "Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution."

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TRIBE ~ West Hollywood Gay Men's Discussion Group  This is a discussion group that meets on the third Wednesday of the month.  It's purpose is to foster internalized dignity within Gay men.  The group is closed to only Gay men.  Email can be sent to: WeHoGMDG@groups.facebook.com

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The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is a great spiritual resource if you are looking for a Christian understanding of spirituality that is non-judgemental, yet challenging, and supportive of personal growth and spirituality, in a community of faith.  Locate a church here.