Take Root Therapy June Newsletter

We explore queer awakenings, show care by making art, and motivate ourselves to clean.
A Letter From Our Founder


Hi all,

How are you doing this morning? Still reeling from last week’s debate? How’s your nervous system holding up?

June has been another whirlwind month. Amidst it all, I’ve found solace in the familiar. Oddly enough, what’s been comforting me lately are things that were constant during my teenage years—Subway sandwiches and music. My teenage years were tumultuous (definitely not a time I’d revisit willingly), yet I find myself unexpectedly grateful for the insights they provided. It was through my love of music that I came to recognize and embrace my sexuality, and that is what prompted this month’s blog article.

In our latest blog article, we consider what it takes to wake up to and embrace our sexual identities. If this resonates with you or sparks curiosity, I invite you to read the full article on our website. Your thoughts and reflections are always valued and welcomed.

For those seeking support on this topic or anything else, please reach out to us. You can contact us via email at info@takeroottherapy.com or by phone/text at (323) 388-5578.

Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)

On The Blog

Am I Queer?: Understanding and Embracing Our Queer Awakenings Whenever and However They Occur

It took me time to accept my sexuality and even more time to come out to my family. When I was 12, my older brother agreed to take me to my first concert, Lilith Fair. It was incredible. What I wouldn’t give to relive that concert! But beyond the musicians, it was my first time seeing queer women, and lots of them. I imagine my adolescent self may have had some idea about what was going on for me as I embraced the music of so many women, but seeing women hold hands, kiss, and flirt—wow. A part of me that I hadn’t been fully conscious of woke up and felt so at home…

How to Help

Volunteer on Mondays@10am: Art Mondays at Big Sunday!

This summer, we’re thrilled to introduce Art Mondays, a new 5-week workshop series that promises creativity and community engagement.

Week 1 and 2, we’ll start with making colorful origami cranes and irises. Week 3 and Week 4, we’ll add beads and string and make lovely mobiles. Week 5, we’ll then box up, giftwrap, make cards and donate to anyone who can use a lift: shut-ins, people who are ailing physically or emotionally, unhoused people moved into a permanent home, and any other person who could use a reminder that someone is thinking of them.

All ages are welcome. Groups, too!

Space is limited, however, and sign-ups will only be counted if submitted through linked page.

Art Mondays will run from Monday, July 8 through Monday, August 5, from 10-11:30 am.

1741 N. Cherokee Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Community Events

Filipino-American Youth Comic Book Exhibit

The Human Beauty Movement invites you to a special exhibit of student work from our Filipino-American Youth Wellness Comic Book Workshops. This unique program helps educate, empower, and heal the rising generation of Filipino-American youth in Los Angeles through the power of storytelling and illustrations.

Our students are provided education and resources about mental health issues and introduced to the art of comic book development to help normalize conversations around mental health and promote healthy expression through art.

The exhibit showcases Fil-Am student stories of resilience, compassion, self-love, and inner strength through delightfully creative comic book art.

Light snacks and beverages will be served, and admission is free!

Thursday, July 11th
6:00PM – 8:00PMWHERE:
Art Share L.A.
801 East 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013

2nd Annual Afro-Latino Culture Fest-Los Angeles

This is a FREE event, open to everyone who loves to celebrate the rich diversity of Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean cultures. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, come join us for an unforgettable day! Bring the whole family for a day packed with activities that everyone will enjoy. From cultural showcases, engaging entertainment, to lively dancing – there’s something for all ages!


Saturday, July 20th
1:00PM – 8:00PM

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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