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) 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 producing relevant film, television, and theatre, empowering the social change necessary to create a healing movement.

Stars Come Out to Support Healing TREE 4th Annual Gala

Saturday, November 16th | Louisville KY

Thank you to all who joined us for our 4th Annual Gala. Our deepest gratitude goes to our generous sponsors, auction item donors, bidders, guests, donors, talent, event team and volunteers.


Silk: Coming Soon

Healing TREE hosts College Workshops on the Red Flags of Abuse and Trauma built around our short film Silk… Gifted aerialist Cara falls hard for Sol, the lighting designer on her upcoming high-stakes solo show. When safety and communication issues plague rehearsals, Cara begins to doubt her perceptions and grows more and more dependent on Sol. With the outside perspective of good friends, Cara is forced to consider that her anxiety and growing insecurities have been planted in her mind by Sol in an effort to control her. This short narrative nod to the classic film Gaslight features stunning aerial work by renowned performer Crista Marie Jackson (The Greatest Showman) and also stars Fran Kranz (The Cabin In The Woods), Louisa Krause (Billions) and Garcia (Tales of the City). Silk is directed by John Magaro (The Many Saints of Newark, The Umbrella Academy, Carol, The Big Short) and written by award-winning playwright David Caudle and Healing TREE founder Marissa Ghavami. Stay tuned for information on Silk in the film festival circuit and on its public release.


“As a mental health clinician who works with college students, I felt that “Silk” was …

EMDR Therapy Training

Thanks to a grant from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and continued support from Face It, 15 therapists from Ramey-Estep Homes and 9 therapists from Face It partner organizations at the Children’s Alliance will be receiving 52 hours of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Training and Consultation presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar, Senior Faculty member with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. This marks the second year in a row that Healing TREE is coordinating this training which will impact approximately 1,200 more children in the Kentucky foster care system. Kentucky has the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the country. Phase 1 finished in February of 2020 and Phase 2 will be held in May of 2020.

This training was incredible! It was such an amazing experience witnessing first-hand how EMDR creates space for healing and hope. EMDR is equivalent to the cure for ‘emotional cancer.’” 



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