New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety: A Learning Series for You

“Peace from Anxiety” Pacific Southwest MHTTC Book Club

Peace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience, and Stay Connected Amidst the Chaos is Hala Khouri’s latest book which combines somatic experiencing with social justice through an intersectional lens of privilege and power-dynamics.

Join the Pacific Southwest MHTTC’s “Peace from Anxiety Book Club” led by the author, Hala, to discuss anxiety and using somatic experiences to explore critical consciousness as awareness of our mental and school mental health leadership. 

Each meeting will start with a Q&A session with Hala and a group discussion based on a chapter of the book. Then we'll move into optional breakout groups for more intimate conversations, and then we'll end with a debrief. Sharing is always optional and the breakout groups are never recorded.  

"I can say positively, and with the authority of someone who has been extremely candid in the public eye about her experience with anxiety, that this is THE BOOK we’ve all been waiting for. Whether you yourself deal with anxiety isn’t a prerequisite for reading because you know someone who does. We all do. This beautiful book is a guide on how to be human. Filled with grace and practical lessons and guidance, Hala Khouri has offered us a life-saving gift"

— Jennifer Pastiloff, (author of National Bestseller On Being Human) 

When is the Peace from Anxiety PS MHTTC book club? 

Every third Tuesday of the month, except the last session, (scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month) from February 15th through June 14th, 2022; each session is from 3:30-4:30pm PT  

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  • February 15th, 2022
  • March 15th, 2022
  • April 19th, 2022
  • May 17th, 2022
  • June 14th, 2022

Note that while it’s not mandatory to attend all sessions, we strongly ask that you commit to minimally attending the first session and do not miss more than one so that community and learning is stable and strong.

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Where do I find the book? 

Peace from Anxiety is available at: AmazonBookshop (supports local bookstores)Indiebound (supports local bookstores), & Penguin Random House 

Who is the faculty for this book club? 

Hala Khouri

Hala Khouri, M.A., trains direct service providers and educators on how to be trauma-informed with their students and clients. Believing that oppressive systems harm all of us, even those who benefit, Hala has a private practice for individuals and couples. She also works with A Thousand Joys training direct service providers and educators to be trauma-informed and culturally responsive. The focus of both her clinical and group work has been trauma- personal, interpersonal, and systemic.  She brings her decade of clinical experience combined with her experience as a facilitator of group processes for over 15 years. As a Lebanese immigrant in a multi-racial marriage who also gets white skin privilege, Hala is able to be a bridge in the work of equity and inclusion with diverse groups. Hala is known for her compassionate yet straightforward style of facilitation which invites people to grapple with the often charged topics of diversity, inclusivity, justice, and oppression. She knows that none of us individually created these harmful systems, but it’s up to all of us to shift them and create a new paradigm that embraces and celebrates everyone. 

Hala earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Community Psychology with an emphasis in Liberation Studies and Social Justice from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Hala is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that helps resolve trauma and its symptoms. She lives in Venice, California with her husband and two sons and teaches yoga classes weekly. 

Extended Learning Opportunities Before and After the Peace from Anxiety Book Club 

In addition to this learning series, we offer three extended learning opportunities with Hala to explore Peace from Anxiety and more: 

  1. New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety: A Learning Series for You (first four Tuesdays of 2022 from 3:15 - 5:15 pm PT) Join the Learning Series live or access the archived recordings of the sessions on the event webpage.Learn more and register here 
  2. Peace from Anxiety: Small Coaching for Teams - Both during and after the “New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety” learning series, Hala and the PS MHTTC are offering customized coaching sessions for teams of two to ten people for one hour. Coaching sessions are available to participants who want more personalized support around working with their anxiety or stress (or other challenges they are facing in their mental health). These small sessions will be limited to up to 10 people and will offer a chance for a more intimate sharing with Hala and others in the group. Everything shared will be held with strict confidentiality.A total of five sessions (five slots for five teams) will be available with priority to participants based in the Pacific Southwest region of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands. Sessions can be scheduled anytime between January 15th June 15th 2022 and are available on a first come first serve basis. (Hala is offering these five sessions for our participants in the Pacific Southwest region of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands).To request a coaching session, email MHTTC Program Manager Ingrid Severson at iseverson [at] cars-rp [dot] org to set up your team with a coaching session with Hala. 
  3. Peace from Anxiety: A Summer Check In and Reboot (August 9, 2022, 3:00-5:00 pm PT) This is an opportunity to reconnect with your approaches to anxiety in your practice, to refresh strategies and frameworks to help you manage your experiences, and learn from PS MHTTC peers who have been exploring this work with Hala throughout the year. You do not need to have attended the Learning Series or Book Club; Hala will be leading this session as a standalone.Learn more and register here
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