Take Root Therapy March Newsletter

We consider the impact of shame, celebrate queer Latinx culture, and discuss the ins and outs of polyamory.


A Letter From Our Founder


Hi all,

Are you bundled up and cozy? I sure hope so.

This is the rainiest rainy season I’ve experienced in LA, which, in conjunction with the recent time change and the doozie of a topic for this month’s article, has required extra bundling and tea for me.

Our blog article on shame is finally up, and if you’re someone who cringes upon reading the word, I encourage you to check it out. Although I wish I didn’t experience it anymore, through my work as a therapist and my own work in therapy, I’ve become far better at recognizing and responding to shame when it shows up. Perhaps this article can help you do the same.

As always, we’re here if you need any additional support. Our email address is info@takeroottherapy, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578. We hope you reach out.

Sending warm thoughts,
Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)

On The Blog

When Will I Feel Better?: Understanding and Combating Shame

As I prepared to work on this article, I tried to think about a time when I experienced shame that I could comfortably share to set the stage. Unsurprisingly, that prompted me to avoid working on the article for days… I was suddenly too hungry, tired, or distracted to write. It finally became clear to me that I didn’t want to share my major shame memories! No offense to you, dear reader, but I feared your judgment and did not want to sit with my least favorite emotion…

How to Help

Spring Greening at Rowan Ave Elementary

Attention all community members and nature enthusiasts! In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, join LA Works and California Volunteers to plant greenery, paint murals, and build planter boxes for an elementary school campus in East Los Angeles. Many communities in this area have faced systemic under-investment by the city which has unfortunately resulted in a stark lack of healthy, safe green spaces for children to play and grow. By volunteering, you will be playing a small role in working to rectify decades of environmental injustice in east LA.


Saturday, March 25th
9:00am – 1:00pm


600 S Rowan Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Community Events

Celebrate Queer Latinx Pride at ¡Jotería!

Join the folks from LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Salvies Who Lunch as they feature LGBTQIA+ leaders, queer Latinx Culture and an evening screening of Bamby Salcedo’s documentary “QueenCiañera.” There will be resource and community booths, music, vendors, food, kids arts and crafts station, plus panel discussing talents and leadership in the community. Also, in commemoration of AIDS Awareness Month, resource and community booths for more information will be onsite.


Saturday, March 25th
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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


Debbie Allen Dance Academy: Nina Simone’s “Four Women”

Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) returns to CAAM, this time performing a commemorative dance presentation celebrating Nina Simone’s classic, “Four Women,” which chronicles the experience of Black women from enslavement to contemporary times. See the DADA dancers interpret this pivotal work in celebration of Black women.


Sunday, March 26th
2:00pm – 3:00pm


California African American Museum
600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Soil, Seeds, and Sustainability

Free gardening wisdom from a local expert. All ages and skill levels welcome.


Saturday, March 25th
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Echo Park Branch Library
1410 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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