Welcoming Your Bundle of Joy and Challenge

New Parents
  • WhereSan Francisco
  • WhenThursdays, 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
  • Duration90 minutes and held weekly for 8 weeks
  • Price$75/session
  • StartThursday, September 17th, 2020

*Please note: Due to licensing requirements, this group is only offered to California residents at this time

This is a support group for new parents to children from birth to 1 year. All are welcome in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, and path to parenthood. We will discuss topics relevant to the joys and challenges of having a new baby, particularly in terms of self-care, relationships, parenting, and decision-making.

Every session will start with a “check in” (i.e., how each group member is feeling today, highlights from the past week, anything they would like the group to discuss) and end with a relaxation/breathing exercise, including a handout that members can use to practice at home. The bulk of the group will be spent on one or more discussion topics from a list generated by surveying the group members themselves. In addition, at the first session, each member will choose a “support person” in the group with whom they will exchange contact information to enhance their sense of connectedness between sessions. 

Potential discussion topics:

  • Path to parenthood 
  • Newborn challenges (sleep, feeding, health)
  • Symptoms/red flags for Postpartum Distress (incl depression & anxiety)
  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Managing emotions
  • Physical recovery & Body Image concerns (for those who carried child)
  • Sex & Intimacy
  • Decisions about work
  • Expectations of self as a parent
  • Impact of COVID on parenting and childcare concerns
  • Relaxation strategies

This group requires a consultation prior to enrollment. Please follow the link below if you are interested in joining this group, and a member of our team will reach out to set up a consultation.

*Please note: Due to licensing requirements, this group is only offered to California residents at this time

Group Leaders

Amy Wertheimer, PhD

“My goal as a therapist is to develop a safe and respectful relationship with my clients. This can serve as a secure base from which distressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns can be explored, understood, and changed.”