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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.

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 Family-Building Professionals and Researchers should contact RESOLVE headquarters at For more information about RESOLVE Support Groups, please contact

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 before attending your first meeting.

Los Angeles/Eastside
General Infertility Support Group for Women
Meets on the first Saturday of the month at 10:30AM
Location, Eagle Rock, CA
Host: Mirja
This group is located in Eagle Rock, which is on the east side of LA, zip code 90041. This group is open to any women going through infertility, at any stage of her family building. Please contact Mirja before attending your first meeting at

Los Angeles
Pregnancy Loss Support Group
Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Host: Amie Salter
Please contact Amie at before attending your first meeting.

General Infertility Support Group
Meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30AM  to 12:00PM
Location: The Community Room at 8000 Sunset, 8000 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046
Host: Jen
Please contact Jen at before attending your first meeting. 

Toluca Lake
General Infertility Support Group
Looking for a new host. If interested, email

West Los Angeles
Surrogacy Support Group
Meets the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: West Los Angeles, CA
Host: Emily
Please contact Emily at before attending your first meeting. 

Orange County

Orange County
Adoption Support Group
Looking for a new host.
Please contact if interested.

Orange County 
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on the third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 8:45PM
Location: Brea Baptist Church, 217 E. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821 multipurpose room (Meeting is open to all and not religiously affiliated.)
Host: Jenn
Please contact Jenn at before attending your first meeting. 

Orange County
Hope After Loss Peer-led Support Group
In transition.
Please contact if interested.

San Diego

San Diego
Cookies General Infertility Support Group

Meets every other Wednesday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.
Location: The group alternates between two locations in San Diego.
Host: Heather
Please contact Heather at before attending your first meeting.

San Luis Obispo

SLO County
General Infertility Peer-led Support Group
Meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Host: Jennifer
Please contact Jennifer at before attending your first meeting.

Santa Barbara

General Infertility Peer-led Support Group
Looking for a new host, please contact if interested.


Ventura County
General Infertility Peer-led Support Group

Monthly meetings are announced on
Location: Ventura County, CA
Host: Valerie
Please contact Valerie at 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
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/San Diego North Inland
Women’s General Infertility Support Group
Led by Rachael Stracka, LCSW 760.489.1092 or email at
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. Cost is $50/week ($45 with code "Resolve15). Six session commitment and RSVP required. Current group held Mondays at 6:00PM.

Laguna Hills
General Infertility Support Group for Women
Contact Valerie Gelbe for support group schedule.
Led by Valerie Gelb, MFT, 949.751.7380 or
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 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: $45 per week. Visit to learn more about Valerie and the services she provides.

Los Angeles
General Infertility Support Group
Meets on the second and fourth Mondays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Led by Tonya Wood, PhD. at or 310.982.2623
This group provides a supportive and welcoming environment for individuals to openly and safely explore the emotional, spiritual and psychological costs of infertility. Group leader will use techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients find joy and meaning while dealing with infertility and making decisions around various family building options. Topics will include coping with infertility, religious and cultural aspects of infertility, relationships and identity.  Mindfulness and meditation as effective stress management techniques will also be introduced and practiced. Cost: $50 per group session. RSVP required. 

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, (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 (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,
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 (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 or visit her website at
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
Navigating the Fertility Journey - A Comprehensive Mind/Body Program & Support Group
Meets on Saturdays from 12:30PM to 2:00PM
Led by health psychologist and registered yoga teacher, Deborah Anderson, PhD, and certified yoga therapist, Wendy Obstler. Contact Deborah Anderson, PHD at 818-235-2158 or visit: to sign-up online.
This on-going weekly comprehensive program and support group incorporates Western and Eastern mind-body medicine tools to help you better navigate the emotional components often present along the fertility journey, as well as to optimize physical well-being and fertility.  Tools/topics include: how to engage your Relaxation Response, understanding thought-emotion-body link and how to modify "unhealthy' patterns, breath work, meditations/visualizations, fertility yoga poses, education on optimizing health and hormone balancing, and the Strong Yoga Fertility Ball Method (a self-acupressure system for calming and balancing the body). Cost: $25 per class. You must pre-register for the classes. 

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 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  (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

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, 714.730.7996 or
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.

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,,
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.

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