Women’s Groups

“Remember that we all stumble, every one of us.
That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”
~Emily Kimbrough

It’s easy for us as women to feel alone sometimes.  When situations start to feel overwhelming, it’s easy to forget that other people have faced a similar journey.  Furthermore, well meaning friends and family often say things that make your pain feel even deeper.  You may feel like nobody understands.

Participating in a group can be a a powerful way to feel heard and supported.  Through joining one of our women’s groups, you can learn new ways to cope with the emotions you are facing and tools to help you cope with your situation.  In fact, hearing the stories of other women facing similar issues can spark new ideas for things to try in your own life.  As a women’s therapist, I offer several women’s groups at various times throughout the year. If one of these groups is of interest to you, please contact for more details or to get started when our next group begins!

A photo of paper people cutouts holding hands. Women struggling with infertility benefits from the support of a women's support group for infertility in Lafayette, CA near Berkeley, CA and Oakland, CA. 94549Infertility Support Group

Are you looking for support on your family building journey? Do you feel like nobody in your circle of friends and family truly understands what you are going through? Are you interested in meeting with other women who are also struggling with infertility? Infertility can be exhausting both physically and emotionally.  You may feel isolated or afraid to get your hopes up each step of the way.  Perhaps you feel resentful when friends or family seem to get pregnant effortlessly, despite also feeling happy for them.

If you are experiencing infertility as part of your family-building journey, this RESOLVE professionally-led support group might be ideal for you. The group is intended to help you feel less isolated, empower you with knowledge, and validate your emotional response to infertility.  In a group atmosphere, you’ll start to feel understood and validated.  Furthermore, you’ll feel better able to deal with the ups and downs you are going through and have support maintaining hope.

Mind-Body Infertility Group

You want to have a child more than anything.  In fact, this is something you and your partner have dreamed of for a long time.  But you thought it would be easy.  You’d remove the birth control, and soon you’d find yourself pregnant.  However, pregnancy hasn’t happened that easily for you and your partner.

Infertility is a hard road to be on.  The desire to have a child can  be a psychologically and emotionally exhausting journey for those who are experiencing infertility. This 10-week program is designed to compliment and support women who are, or have been, trying to conceive. The infertility support group is based on Dr. Alice Domar’s groundbreaking approach to applying mind-body medicine to infertility care. In fact, Dr. Domar’s program has been clinically proven to reduce psychological distress and increase pregnancy rates. Our group sessions will cover topics such as stress reduction, self care, fertility enhancing lifestyle behaviors, and much more. In this video, Dr. Domar discusses the program and the science behind it. You can also learn more about Dr. Domar’s work at www.domarcenter.com/about/staff/alice_domar.

Pregnancy Support Group

Pregnancy is a unique time in your life.  It’s joyful and you are looking forward to meeting your new child!  On the other hand, it can be stressful as well.  Your body is changing every day.  Even your marriage or relationship may be changing.  Perhaps you are a little fearful about what is to come or worried about childbirth. All of these emotions are normal, but can be stressful to go through.

A support group can help you move through pregnancy feeling supported and confident.  In this pregnancy support group, you’ll meet other women who are going through this exciting, complicated time of transition as well.  This supportive group for pregnant women focuses on enhancing well-being and reducing stress and anxiety during pregnancy. Through group sessions, I will act as your guide and encourage discussion of thoughts, feelings and concerns around pregnancy, body image, role transitions and relationship changes. Furthermore, this group also promotes healthy attachment to the pregnancy. Through this pregnancy support group, you will learn about about prenatal screening.  Furthermore, you’ll learn how to confidently face other pregnancy-related decisions, and be more prepared for birth and the postpartum period.

A photo depicts four white bath bombs stacked on a towel in the middle of a bed. New motherhood comes with significant stress. Sometimes new mothers get so caught of in trying to be the New Moms Group

Welcoming a new baby into your life can be an exciting experience. It can also be quite stressful. This group is intended to provide support for mom’s who have had a baby in the past eighteen months. We discuss many topics pertaining to motherhood, from identity, partner relationships, life balance, stress, feeding and sleeping, and more. The group is ideal for women living in Lafayette, Oakland or Berkeley, CA interested in talking about, the transition to motherhood.  Through meeting with other new mothers, you’ll feel heard, understood and validated.  Furthermore, you’ll learn from their stories.  You’ll go home with new things to try, a sense of hope and maybe even some new mom friends. Being a new mom is a big adjustment.  You deserve to feel supported.

Begin Infertility, Pregnancy or New Mom’s Support Group Therapy in Lafayette, CA

You don’t have to struggle alone with the emotions and stress that can come with infertility, pregnancy or new motherhood. You can feel supported in your goals to be a mother, connect with others, and experience empowerment with shared knowledge. Striving mothers or soon to be mothers experience healing and strength with sharing their experiences with others who can understand.  As a compassionate therapist specializing in women’s issues such as infertility, pregnancy and new motherhood, I create a safe space in each of my women’s groups.  I act as a guide to help each woman feel safe, supported and find hope moving forward. If you have questions or are interested in any of the supportive groups described here, contact me to join a therapeutic women’s group. As a women’s counselor, my Lafayette counseling clinic is devoted to helping women living throughout the San Francisco Bay Area thrive!

Chairs in a Circle | Women's Support Group | Infertility Support, Counseling for Pregnancy, New Moms Support Group | Treatment for Postpartum Depression | Oakland & Lafayette, CA 94549

Other Services Offered at Nicole Kangas Counseling

In addition to providing support for infertility, pregnancy and new motherhood, I offer a variety of individual counseling services primarily focused around women’s mental health. I want to help every woman thrive. Please contact me for wellness coaching, individual therapy,  premature baby or NICU support counseling, and couple’s and marriage counseling. I offer individual counseling for women with  Trauma using EMDRcounseling for childbirth concerns, infertility, and perinatal loss.

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