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We advocate healing from abuse and trauma
rather than coping with the symptoms,
in order to transform lives and, ultimately, society.

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Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment)

OUR MISSION

Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment) advocates healing from abuse and trauma rather than coping with the symptoms, in order to transform lives and, ultimately, society. We achieve this by providing trauma-focused resources and education and by producing and partnering with relevant film, television, and theatre, empowering the social change necessary to create a healing movement.

Upcoming Events

Our 6th Annual (Un)Gala Online: Stars Come Out to Support Healing TREE 

Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 8pm est

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View clips from our 2020 UnGala

Recent Events

Healing TREE went Live every Sunday from the end of March through December, 2020.

Our time included:
• Group Check-In
• Meditation
• Mental Health Tips
• Special Guests

The sessions were led by artist, advocate & creator + Healing TREE Founder Marissa Ghavami. Our Special Guests included trauma experts as well as artists in the entertainment industry. Donations went to the Special Guest’s organization of choice fighting for racial justice. You can catch recordings on our Facebook page.

Healing TREE Virtual “Paint Nite” Event to benefit the Therapists of Color Collaborative on Saturday, July 18th 4-6pm est.

Healing TREE hosted a virtual YayMaker “Paint Nite” on July 18th. Attendees unleashed their inner artist and went from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of their own. They were provided with a list to bring their own supplies for this virtual event. The cost was $35 and $15 from each ticket went towards supporting the Therapists of Color Collaborative with the rest supporting a Black female owned local business (@absolutely_alli @yaymakerlouisville) who taught the painting and Healing TREE not taking anything. The Element of Discovery Therapist of Color Collaborative was founded to serve individuals of color with therapeutic services that are culturally responsive, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and delivered with compassion to advance racial equity in the mental health setting. They believe that “when therapy looks like you”, you feel safer to share your concerns without feeling misunderstood and feel a confidence in asking for the help that you deserve. The funds raised went towards sponsoring BIPOC therapists to provide trauma-sensitive mental health services to BIPIOC clients in need who have been impacted by acts of abuse and violence.

Virtual Events on The Mighty: Using Healing Trauma Techniques to Transcend Tough Times

Artist, advocate, creator and Healing TREE founder, Marissa Ghavami, uses trauma-focused techniques to help with self-regulation and moving towards allowing ourselves to feel fully, process our unwanted emotions, avoid shame spiraling, be present and find more joy. Watch Here.

Film / TV / Theatre Productions & Partners

Mass

Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Ryan Jackson-Healy.

Healing TREE is partners with, and will be hosting a screening in the future for, the feature film Mass which is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Mass follows two sets of parents who meet years after a tragedy changed their lives. Mass was written and directed by Fran Kranz (The Cabin In The Woods) and stars award-winning actors Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter film series, The Patriot), Reed Birney (Tony-winning actor of The Humans, House of Cards), Martha Plimpton (Emmy and Tony nominee, Raising Hope, Running on Empty) and Ann Dowd (Emmy winner, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Manchurian Candidate, Garden State). Mass was co-produced by Healing TREE Founder and CEO Marissa Ghavami. 

Variety: “Sundance Favorite ‘Mass’ Sets Fall Release, Ensemble Cast Goes Supporting for Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)”

“The Sundance Film Festival hit will be released exclusively in theaters on Oct. 8, 2021, Variety has learned exclusively. In addition, all four actors will be campaigned in the supporting actor and supporting actress categories for the Oscars.”

Silk

Healing TREE hosts a workshop for high schoolers, college students and community members on the most insidious red flags of abuse and trauma built around our short film Silk.

“A powerful short film that helps you understand emotional abuse in a way that books and presentations just can’t.”

-Participant in Face It hosted Silk Screening + Workshop, Louisville, Kentucky

Locked Inside Us

Locked Inside Us is a Public Service Announcement / micro-short film geared towards middle school through college students and is about the “little t” traumas we keep inside us that affect our lives moving forward.

Bound

Re-released May 2020 in light of COVID-19

Bound answers the important question of why people who are victims of abuse often feel a powerful attachment to those who have abused them. Furthermore, it points towards resources that emphasize trauma’s impact on the brain and allow for effective treatment that leads to breaking the cycle and finding healing.
View original release of Bound

EMDR Therapy Training

We facilitate trainings in the evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment modality EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to spread healing to underserved populations. We have currently provided over 4,000 youth in the foster system EMDR Therapy.

“EMDR is equivalent to the cure for ‘emotional cancer.” – Trainee


#BLACKLIVESMATTER

Dear Friends,

We at Healing TREE are outraged, sickened and grieving over the most recent police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. We are painfully aware that these murders are part of an ongoing and longstanding history of racist violence and oppression in our country. 

As an organization, we are committed to learning, growing and continuously doing better in doing our part to fight systemic racism, racial injustice and violence and discrimination against Black people. We are redoubling our efforts to diversify our leadership and entire community and are actively finding ways to be more inclusive and to join this fight for racial justice and serve our Black community members better. Our focus as an organization is on stopping abuse and healing trauma, and we acknowledge that perhaps no other group of people have been impacted by abuse and trauma more than the Black community. 

We highly recommend reading these articles that deal with race-based traumatic stress: What Dr. King Understood About Rage, Riots, and the Trauma of the Unheard and What Is Intergenerational Trauma? An Expert Explains.

We also encourage our white community members to read: 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. We urge all of our supporters to join us in saying Black Lives Matter and in taking deliberate actions so that our society reflects that.

Sincerely,
Marissa Ghavami, Founder & CEO
MJ Kinman, President of the Board of Directors

Blog

August 25, 2020
By Marissa Ghavami and Jessica Mastro  “My parents weren’t abusive.” “My best friend and I were toxic for each other.” “My boyfriend never hit me.” “I haven’t been through trauma.”  As someone who passionately…

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MJ Kinman, Textile Artist

SUPPORT US

Your donations enable us to establish and maintain our core programming. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making your donations tax deductible.

GET INVOLVED

Please contact us if you are interested in bringing one of our programs to your organization, partnering with us, sponsoring our annual (Un)Gala, volunteering with us, etc!