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Arizona Support Groups

There are two different types of support groups in Arizona--Peer-led Support Groups and Professionally-led Support Groups.

 Peer-led Support Groups

RESOLVE Peer-led Support Groups are informal opportunities for women and men experiencing infertility to connect with one another, to discuss their situations and to receive support from others who have had similar experiences or who are struggling with similar issues. Group moderators are volunteers and are not mental health professionals. Attendance is free. Please contact the group host before attending your first meeting.

Don’t see a support group in your area? Want to start a new group? The first step in the process is to listen to a free one-hour TeleSeminar entitled “How to Start a Peer-Led Support Group”. After you listen to that training you will be given instructions on next steps in the process. We hope to make this process as simple and straightforward for you as possible, while also ensuring that our hosts have been adequately prepared for their role as group leader.

Please note the contact information below is provided only for those seeking a support group. The media and family-building professionals should not contact support groups directly; support group hosts will not respond. Media requests should be directed to  Andy Schwarz, Media Relations, at 703.556.7172 or aschwarz@resolve.org. Family-Building Professionals and Researchers should contact RESOLVE headquarters at info@resolve.org.  For more information about RESOLVE Support Groups, please contact supportgroups@resolve.org.

East Valley
Adoption Support Group
Meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:00PM
Location: Ruby Tuesday's, Tempe Market Place, Tempe, AZ 85281
Host: Lori
Please contact Lori at phoenixadopts@yahoo.com or 480.577.7565 before attending your first meeting. 

East Valley
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on the Second Wednesday of every month at 6:30PM
Location: Mesa, AZ 85210
Host: Nichole Clinger
Please contact Nichole Clinger at NClinger05@gmail.com for the location.

East Mesa
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on the third Monday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:00PM 

Location: 2604 the Club at Mulberry, Mesa, AZ 85209
Host: Brandy Jean
Please contact Brandy Jean at brandyjean831@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. 

Scottsdale/Paradise Valley
General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the Second Monday of every month at 6:30PM
Location: Paradise Bakery, 10625 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste 135 Phoenix, AZ
Host: Kathy Graf
Please contact Kathy Graf at gogrl7@aol.com before attending your first meeting.

Tempe
Men’s Support Group
Meeting dates vary
Location: Dave & Busters
Host: Zac Janes
Please contact Zac Janes at zcjanes@excite.com before attending your first meeting.

Tucson
General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the first Sunday of every month starting on February 5, 2017 from 4:15PM to 5:30PM
Location: Banner University Medical Center, Tucson Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724
Host: Jayme
Please contact Jayme at infertilitywarriors@gmail.com before attending your first meeting and get an invite to this group's private/invisible Facebook page. Meeting will be held in the cafeteria dining meeting room A on the second floor. 

West and North Valley Phoenix
Exploring Adoption Peer-led Support Group
Meets monthly in North and/or Central Phoenix, AZ
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Host: Donnie Straus
Please contact Donnie Straus at illbedmd@hotmail.com before attending your first meeting.

West Valley
General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM
Location: Banner Thunderbird Hospital, Conference Room 5, 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ 85306
Host: Anna
Please contact Anna at annals24@yahoo.com or 623.810.4336 before attending your first meeting.

 Professionally-Led Support Groups

Professionally-led Support Groups are more structured than peer groups and form at various times throughout the year. They are led by trained and licensed therapists who are professional members of RESOLVE and specialize in assisting individuals and couples with the special challenges presented by the struggle of Infertility. Participation in professionally-led groups involves fees set by the individual therapist and a commitment to a specific number of sessions. For more information about RESOLVE's Support Groups, please contact Betsy Campbell at bcampbell@resolve.org.

Glendale, Arizona
Third Party Reproduction Support Group
Meets every other Monday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Led by Ilyssa Swartout, Psy. D. at iswartout@aol.com or 602-548-1444
This group is for those individuals or couples who are considering egg or sperm donation. Topics include: Understanding egg/sperm donation, the decision to disclose with your child and others, grief, loss and acceptance. Questions and conversation encouraged. Cost $50 per individual per session, $75 per couple per session, initial interview charged as the same rate as above, 4 session minimum not including initial interview. RSVP required.

Glendale, Arizona
Couples General Infertility Support Group
Meets every other Wednesday evening from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Led by Ilyssa Swartout, Psy. D. at iswartout@aol.com or 602-548-1444
This group will help couples navigate through their journey with infertility. This group will focus on helping couples nourish their relationship; how to work together with patience, support and love; how to keep your relationship strong during the infertility process, how to enhance communication and understanding; knowing when to take a break; how to deal with people who mean well but just don’t understand; weighing medical options; and relaxation and mind/body techniques will be taught and practiced. Questions and conversation encouraged. Cost $75 per couple per session, $75 for initial interview, 4 week minimum required to attend not including initial interview. RSVP required.