Literature Recommendations

Anti-Racist Healer:

Read my article recently published in the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work  (WSSCSW) Fall/Winter Newsletter Page 4.

How To Be An Anti-Racist Healer – Diana Mena, LICSW

Recently published in the Perinatal Support Washington Newsletter.

Addressing Racism in Mental Health: An Anti-Racist Approach – Diana Mena, LICSW


Want to Stop Anxious Thoughts, Thank Them – Via Dina Overland


6 Steps That You Can Take to Start Healing From Trauma Right Now – CarmenLeah Ascencio

Take the Ace Quiz – and learn what it does and doesn’t mean – Laura Starecheski

Judith Herman: Trauma & Recovery

Resmaa Menakem: My Grandmother’s Hands

Joy De Grey: Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome

Bessel Van der Kolk: The Body Keeps The Score

Gabor Mate: When The Body Says No

Bethany Webster: Discovering the Inner Mother

Mark Wolynn: It Didn’t Start With You

Self Care:

From Fired up to burn out 7 tips to help you sustain a life committed to social justice 

Healers of Color on Why Self-Care is Not Self-Indulgance – Miriam Zoila Pérez

Politicizing Self Care in Our Activism as Women Human Rights Defenders -Verónica Vidal and Susan Tolmay

Self-Preservation as Resistance: Tips for Practicing Self-Care and Social Justice – Krislyn Domingue

Self Care as Revolutionary Action – Krystal Reddick


10 Daily Affirmations When Black Lives Forget They Matter – Minna B

10 Liberating Ways to Overcome Internalized Oppression – Via Susanna Barkataki

15 Practical New Years Resolutions for Womxn of Color – Der Vang

How To Practice Self-Care In Times of Black Trauma – Huffington Post

An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma – Jonathan Davis

Black Lives Matter Meditation – Dr Candice Nicole

Moving from Shame to Self-love as a Filipina Immigrant – Sabrina Rivera

Why I Left My White Therapist – Chaya Babu

Favorite Books:

Adrienne Maree Brown: Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, We Will Not Cancel Us

Bell Hooks: All About Love

Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements

Jasmine Syedullah, Lama Rod Owens, Rev Angel Kyodo Williams: Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation

Ken Honda: Happy Money

Paulo Coelhe: The Alchemist

Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez: Your Money or Your Life