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Southern California Support Groups

There are two different types of support groups in Southern California-- 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.

Los Angeles County

Hermosa Beach
Peer-led Support Group

Meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00AM-11:30AM
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Host: Trish
Please contact Trish at 818.469.7075 or tishtv@aol.com before attending your first meeting.

Los Angeles
General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Host: Emily
Please contact Emily at Em@GuruEm.com before attending your first meeting

Los Angeles/Eastside
General Infertility Support Group for Women

Looking for a new host, please contact Betsy Campbell at bcampbell@resolve.org. The group is open to any women going through infertility, at any stage of her family building.

Toluca Lake
General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the first Monday of the month from 7:30PM to 9:00PM
Location: The Yogi Tree, 4475 Vineland Avenue, Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Host: Sophia Elcock
Please contact Sophia at sophialelcock@gmail.com before attending your first meeting.

Orange County

Orange County
Adoption Support Group
Meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:40PM
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Host: Neena
Please contact Neena at neenagokli@yahoo.com before attending your first meeting.

Orange County
General Infertility Support Group for Women
In transition.
Please contact Katie at katieghernandez@yahoo.com to be notified when the group is active again.

Orange County
Hope After Loss Peer-led Support Group
Meets monthly, dates vary
Host: Sandi Sheehan
Please contact Sandi at sandisheehan@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. For those who have become pregnant with the help of fertility treatment but have later gone on to experience a loss or losses, who are considering resuming treatment and are in need of hope and support for possible attempts to come.

San Diego

San Diego
Cookies General Infertility Support Group

Meets every other Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Location: The group alternates between two locations in San Diego.
Host: Sarah
Please contact Sarah at sandiegocookies@aol.com before attending your first meeting.

Ventura

Ventura County
General Infertility Peer-led Support Group

Monthly meetings are announced on meetup.com.
Location: Ventura County, CA
Host: Valerie
Please contact Valerie at vcinfertility@gmail.com before attending your first meeting.

 Professionally-Led support groups

Professionally-Led support groups are led by trained and licensed therapists who specialize in assisting individuals and couples with the special challenges presented by infertility. Participation in professionally-led groups involve fees set by the individual therapist and a commitment to a specific number of sessions.

Del Mar/Carmel Valley
Mind/Body for Infertility Support Group
Meets every other Tuesday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Led by Karen Hall, PhD, 760.443.5425 or karenhallphd@aol.com
Develop skills to ease the process of infertility treatments and feel more in control.  Based on the Harvard School of M/B Medicine Infertility Program. 6 Session Commitment--Cost: $60 per couple per session/$50 for individuals.

Escondido
Women’s General Infertility Support Group
Led by Rachael Stracka, LCSW 760.489.1092 or email through website at http://www.rachaelstracka.com
This group is for a woman at any point in her infertility journey. It is a safe place for you to share and get support for the impact of infertility in your life, and for you to learn targeted coping strategies for the emotional, physical and relational stresses of reproductive difficulties. You will learn and practice techniques for relaxation and focus on mind/body work. In addition, you will receive information and support in the areas of self-esteem, decision-making, relationship difficulties, and all types of family-building options, including third-party and adoption. Cost is $40/week. RSVP required. Group day and time varies based on need.

Laguna Hills
General Infertility Support Group for Women
Contact Valerie Gelbe for support group schedule.
Led by Valerie Gelb, MFT, 949.751.7380 or valeriegelb@hotmail.com
This group is for women who are frustrated and overwhelmed with the roller coaster of feelings connected with the diagnosis of infertility.  This group will provide a safe place to share experiences, express feelings, develop new coping skills and gain support from others who understand. In addition to group discussions, information and handouts will be provided on topics such as the impact of infertility on relationships, tips to improve communication with your partner, how to deal with friends and family, stress management, infertility treatments, adoption, 3rd party reproduction, childfree living and more. Cost: $40/person per week. Visit www.valeriegelb.com to learn more about Valerie and the services she provides.

Los Angeles
Ovum Donation Support Group
Meets every other Wednesday evening from 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Led by Carole Lieber Wilkins, MFT at 310.470.9049 or familybuilding@verizon.net, http://www.lafamilybuilding.com/ (RSVP required)
For individuals and couples at all stages of the ovum donation process, parents and not-yet parents. 5 Session Commitment Cost: $300 per couple for the five sessions

Los Angeles
Waiting for Parenthood by Adoption
Meets every other Wednesday from 7:00PM-9:00PM
Led by Carole Lieber Wilkins, MFT at 310.470.9049 or familybuilding@verizon.net (RSVP required)
Discuss the many ups and downs of waiting for your child.  We'll talk about how to endure the wait, how to prepare for a child in your home, how to know when a match is right, how to prepare extended family and more. 6-session commitment; $180 for six weeks

Los Angeles (West)
"Healing Infertility" Mind/Body Group
Meets on Mondays from 7:00PM-9:00PM
Led by Robin J Roberts, LCSW, PhD at 310.209.6292, robroblcsw@aol.com
The essence of fertility in women is receptivity, enhanced by the Relaxation Response.  This ten-week Mind Body Group, based on the Harvard model, teaches you the Relaxation Response techniques that counteract the negative effects of stressful treatments, and help you feel whole and receptive again. Topics include infertility and stress, negative emotions and thoughts, healing the feminine and sexuality, and creating supportive relationships. Cost: $500 for ten weeks, plus $50 supply fee (manual, CD, biodots, etc) RSVP is required. Group starts when five women have registered. Please contact group leader to be included in the list. Date and evening may change to accomodate more members.

Los Angeles (West)
Pre-Adoption Support Group
Meets every other Wednesday from 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Led by Carole Lieber Wilkins, MFT at 310.470.9049 or familybuilding@verizon.net (RSVP required)
For individuals and couples waiting to become parents through adoption. Cost: $60 per couple per session, 5 session commitment

San Diego
Mind/Body Infertility Support Group
Meets every other Tuesday
Led by Karen Hall, PhD at 760.443.5425 or karenhallphd@gmail.com or visit her website at http://www.infertilitycounselingandsupport.com
This mindfulness based stress reduction group will seek to increase your sense of control and overall well-being, increase your support and decrease feelings of isolation and develop skills to ease the difficulties associated with infertility/treatment cycles. The cost is $40 per individual and $50 per couple.  The initial phone consult is free and I ask members to commit to 6 group sessions. RSVP is required.

Sherman Oaks
Women's General Infertility Support Group
Meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00PM to 8.30PM
Led by Abigail Glass MFT. Call 818.903.6399 or email Abigail@AbigailGlassMFT.com for more information.
This group provides a safe and nurturing environment to explore all feelings, concerns and questions associated with growing your family through fertility treatment. It is designed to educate and support you and help you to navigate all of the psychological, medical and spiritual aspects of the journey to your family. Cost: $50.00 per group

Thousand Oaks (Ventura County)
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on Mondays from 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Led by Sara Rector, MFT, 805.494.1414 or sararectormft@gmail.com  (RSVP required)
This group offers hope, understanding and support with  problem solving, treatment and family building options, when to transition to IUI, IVF, Donor, adoption  or surrogacy. Mind Body connection and use of positive intention to create most optimal treatment cycles is utilized. Cost: for 6 sessions - $300 for individuals

Tustin
General Infertility Support Group for Women
Meets on Tuesdays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM on a weeknight
Led by Penny Joss Fletcher, MFT at www.infertility2adoption.com, 714.730.7996 or pennyjf@sbcglobal.net
This group focuses on helping women explore, acknowledge and understand their emotional reactions to infertility. Topics include the impact of infertility on identity, self-esteem, sexuality and relationships. Relaxation and other mind/body coping skills introduced and practiced. Information is also provided to help make decisions regarding various medical treatment options as well as adoption or childfree living. Requires four week commitment with option to renew. Cost: $35/week.

Tustin
Pre-Adoption Support Group for Individuals and Couples
Meets on Mondays from 7:00PM - 8:30PM on a weeknight.
Led by Penny Joss Fletcher, M.A., LMFT at 714.730.7996, www.infertility2adoption.com, pennyjf@sbcglobal.net
The group will explore various ways of adopting and the emotional issues involved so that you can make a decision that is right for you. We will discuss how to make the transition from medical treatment to adoption planning and explore the options available in open adoption. Enter this new journey toward parenthood with others and with helpful information! Cost: $35/individual, $50/couple. Requires 4 week commitment with potential to renew.

Ventura
General Infertility Support Group
Meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: 4080 Loma Vista Suite P, Ventura, CA 93003
Led by Sara Rector, MFT (RSVP is required.)
Topics include: Coping with the Challenges of Infertility; The emotional Roller coaster of treatment; How to manage Stress from fertility issues with Mind Body Techniques; Learn effective coping skills/problem solving; Issues of Disclosure; and Dealing with friends and family. This free group is open to everyone, and hosted by Southern California Reproductive Center. Questions: Sara Rector MFT 805 494-1414 email sararectormft@gmail.com www.fertilitypsychotherapy.com

For more information about RESOLVE Support Groups, please contact Betsy Campbell at bcampbell@resolve.org.

Attention Media: If you would like to talk to RESOLVE support members or leaders please contact Andy Schwarz, Media Relations, at 703.556.7172 or aschwarz@resolve.org.

Attention Researchers/Family-Building Professionals: RESOLVE support group meetings are not open to visitors or researchers. If you are interested in reaching out to the RESOLVE community to share your message or are conducting research on infertility,  please contact RESOLVE headquarters at info@resolve.org.