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


Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment)


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.

Recent 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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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.

Film / TV / Theatre Productions & Partners


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.”


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.


“I learned that what I experienced is real, and I am not alone.”

-Student in University of Louisville Silk Screening + Workshop, Louisville, Kentucky

Participants in Face It Movement & Partner Organizations Silk Screening + Workshop:

“I would like to talk to my therapist about this film during our session tomorrow. I’m concerned that I have been emotionally abusive towards my partner at times related to my personal upbringing and what I’ve thought as ‘normal’, can actually be quite harmful to my partner.”

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

“I want to share this entire workshop with all of my friends and family.”

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.


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


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.

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


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


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


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!