Take Root Therapy July Newsletter

We analyze the impact of gaslighting, celebrate Disability Pride Month, and suggest ways to be more empathetic.
A Letter From Our Founder


Hi all,

I hope you’re doing well.

I’m working hard to ensure that I’m doing well, too. I would offer some niceties about staying cool in the heat, which I am trying to do too, but given my climate anxiety, I’m reluctant to make light of the heat.

So here’s the truth about how I’m taking care of myself. I try to be mindful of my news consumption while reading the news every morning. I have committed to taking myself out to the movies once a week, a commitment I have really enjoyed meeting. I’m spending time outside moving my body when I can, booking a Swimply, or going for a bike ride in the mornings. I’m distancing myself from harmful relationships and pulling in close to the ones that nourish me. And I’m reading every night before bed. I’m allowing myself to enjoy the summer while recognizing the challenges I am (and, I would argue, most of us are) still navigating.

In considering the relationships that feel best, and those that have been harmful, one of the themes I’ve noticed in past relationships is gaslighting. Gaslighting is a commonly used term but can be challenging to understand or spot. I hope our blog article on gaslighting will help folks recognize it and better protect themselves from its effects.

Please reach out if you need additional support with navigating harmful relationships or anything else. Our email address is info@takeroottherapy.com, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578. We’re here and want to help.

Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)

On The Blog

How Does Gaslighting Work?: Understanding Gaslighting and Learning to Trust Yourself Again

In my twenties, I was in an abusive relationship with a partner struggling with a substance use disorder. I didn’t know what was going on until I was way too deep into the relationship, and at the time, I didn’t know enough to get him (or myself) the support necessary…

How to Help

5th Annual Disability Pride Parade & Festival

July is Disability Pride Month! It’s held in July to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which was passed on July 26th, 1990.The Disability Pride Parade is an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the pride, diversity, and unity of people with disabilities, their families, and friends. Everyone who believes disability is a natural part of human diversity and supports Disability Pride is invited to participate in the Parade.

The Parade is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 8th starting at 10:00am.

Community Events

Family Garden Workshop: Doing the Most with Compost

In this month’s workshop, learn how to turn kitchen scraps and yard trimmings into nutrient-rich soil compost. The workshop will encourage participants to compost organic food waste at home for use in their own gardens and landscapes.


Saturday, August 19th
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Hauser & Wirth Downtown Los Angeles
901 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Craft And Folk Art Museum: Wayfinding

Visit L.A.’s only public showcase devoted to contemporary craft and community-based folk art as it mounts its third biennial focused on how artists are pushing the boundaries of works in clay. The 14 artists featured all tie clay’s inherent properties to the land and water.


The exhibit will be up until the 10th of September


Craft Contemporary
5814 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA, 90036

Jazz in the Park – Summer Concert Series

Playhouse Village sizzles this summer with Jazz in the Park, a series of FREE outdoor jazz concerts at Playhouse Village Park every Sunday.


Sunday, July 30th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Playhouse Village Park
701 E Union St
Pasadena, CA 91101


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