“Trauma is not culture.” – Anonymous


In addition to the blatant and subtle racism experienced in LA every day people of color juggle relationships, careers, self-care, and trying to “make it” in an unforgiving and fickle city. Words like “tough” and “stressful” barely scratch the surface of what it feels like to be black in this country. Research tells us how this stress can impact our physical and mental health, but we are still often confused about the best ways to deal with the issues that have plagued us for generations.   

B. Valkyrie presents, “V.E.N.T.,” a ten-week closed group focused on handling and healing community stress. This class type course will provide psychoeducation on cognitive behavioral therapy, generational trauma, and attachment theory while also exploring healthy coping mechanisms for stress and the importance of self care. The group will begin mid-February for adults coping with societal and environmental stress.

“V.E.N.T.”  will be offered Thursday evenings, beginning August 9th through September 27, from 7:30 -9 p.m in Downtown Los Angeles. More information will be sent to those confirming attendance before the group.

In cooperation with Citizens of Culture, this group is facilitated by Brittany Richardson, ACSW and Sakeenah Hakim, LCSW. To register, please email or call Brittany at hello@bvalkyrie.com  or (626) 667-4438. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking will be available.


Brittany is originally from the East Coast, she grew up in Connecticut but has lived all over the country, including Maryland, New York, and Arizona before settling in Los Angeles in the fall of 2012. She completed her undergraduate program from Arizona State University in Political Science with a minor in psychology and received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern California.

A lover of love, Brittany created a concierge business in 2014 centered around helping relationships thrive by providing gift reminders and date ideas for busy couples. Upon finishing her masters, she has shifted her focus to a more clinical approach. Working with executives and brands on developing leadership skills, problem solving skills, and mindfulness.  

Additionally, she is active in the community volunteering for various organization in and around Los Angeles County. She created her own “Know Your Rights, LA” panel series focused on educating youth and the community about their legal rights and responsibilities when interacting with the police. She also founded the V.E.N.T. support group, creating a safe space for individuals to connect over shared experiences and provide comfort, encouragement and advice.