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Virtual Book Club :) Join Us!

Updated: Jul 7

Time of Butterflies has launched its first book club! We are reading the best-selling book called "Break The Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma" by Dr. Mariel Buqué.

This will be a virtual book club and we will have scheduled meetings/activities via zoom which will focus on discussing this nourishing text, workshop themes, implement wellness practice and host a writing workshop (for those of you who are able to attend.) We will be using the blog to leave our comments, thoughts, and questions as a way to stay connected and interact with each other which will allow us to work with our individual schedules.

Who will be running this blog?

Giselle Bonilla, founder of Time Of Butterflies and licensed therapist and Jessica Hoppe, founding board member of Time Of Butterflies and author.

Blog Member Rules:

  • Be respectful of each other's experience with the book

  • Be mindful and respectful with your comments to each other

  • Don't insult people

If you do not follow these rules, you will be removed as a member.

Who is Dr. Mariel Buqué:

Dr. Mariel Buqué (pronounced like a bouquet of flowers) is a first-generation Black Dominican psychologist, a world-renowned intergenerational trauma expert, and the author of the bestselling book Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma. Her mission is to help reduce the recurrence of Intergenerational ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) within communities of color.

Dr. Buqué earned her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Columbia University, where she also trained as a 3-year fellow in holistic mental health within Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), an initiative that was backed by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). There, she offered culturally-responsive mental health services across multiple specialty clinics, including Columbia Medical’s OB/GYN and Primary Care clinics.

Upon seeing the huge gap in trauma-informed care and trauma-informed institutional action that specifically addresses the needs of underserved communities, Dr. Buqué sought out to develop a holistic system of care, with equity and prevention at the center. This is the method that is central within her consultation and therapy practice, the Break the Cycle Trauma Center (BTC).

Dr. Buqué is widely sought out for her clinical expertise and trauma approach and her work and weekly mental health tips can be found at <---- click link to purchase the book if you still have not purchased the book.

We are so excited to share this experience with you all!

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Kat Bonilla
Kat Bonilla
29 minutes ago


This is such a great read! I want to start sharing my notes, highlights, and thoughts...these are some things I noted within the first 2 chapters...

Break the Cycle 

By Dr Mariel Buqué

  • Persevere vs. cheap 

  • Items being preserved to send back home 

  • A scary mindset of not having enough or helping the family 

  • Holding on to things we do not need 

  • Throwing away vs sending it away or donating it 

  • Tailor approach- how to reduce your stress response and balance your hormones 

Part 1- What You Inherited

Chapter 1- Cycle Breaker 

  •  Cycle breakers are not all the same 

  • What are my cycle breaker qualities? 

  • Voice of understanding 

  • What made me ready to fight the battle? 

  • I can’t remember

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