Working toward a culture that ‘values empathy, diversity and interdependence’

At the Relational Center in Beverlywood, therapists aren’t just trying to get clients to move from a state of suffering to a place that’s tolerable.

Their goal is to “go beyond that,” said Dan Fink, the organization’s managing director. “Is there a way to support that person to be an activist, so that they can change context around them?

“We have a joke,” Fink continued, “that anybody who wants to be part of the revolution finds us.”

The center was founded in 2007 by Mark Fairfield, a licensed clinical social worker and community organizer. He felt that too often, mental health settings isolated people and made clients feel as if there were something wrong with them. “A majority of the time, people are responding to stressors in the environment — violence, the…

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