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I am in the midst of a separation and am feeling overwhelmed, alone and really tired. I have a pre-school-age child and am looking for a support group. I looked through the archives but did not see anything recent. Thanks. Anon.
Can anyone recommend any support groups in Albany- Berkeley area for single moms that are struggling to deal with day-to-day pressures of having to be both mother & father and all that that entails physically and emotionally, as well as provide financially? A group that is faciliated by a mental health professional would be ideal but would like any suggestions. Thanks. very concerned
Starting in late September, the U.C. Berkeley Psychology Clinic will be offering "New Beginnings" - a free ten-week program for mothers who have at least one child between the ages of 3-18. A key aim of the New Beginnings Program is to facilitate children's adjustment to divorce or separation. Interested mothers should contact the clinic at 510-642-2055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. New Beginnings Program
SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP Being a single parent has its challenges and advantages. Come and share your experiences with others going through similar joys and frustrations. This group will be facilitated by Rachel Sarah, author of, Single Mom Seeking: Play Dates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World.'' Rachel's writing about single parenting has appeared in Family Circle, Pregnancy, Parenting, Literary Mama, BabyCenter.com, WashingtonPost.com, and LifetimeTV.com. Limited free child care is offered but you must register by calling 1-510-658-7353.Hope this helps! a fellow single mom
On the contrary we have each been encouraged to share what is working for us and what is difficult and to ask for help from the group. Yvonne is respectful of different lifechoices but still willing to get in there and deal with the painful nitty gritty details of life. Because there is a ''mindfulness'' undertone, many of the comments encourage compassion for oneself and one's children. Another tact often taken is to broaden one's outlook. But Yvonne, a single parent herself, is not afraid of things just being the way they are -- even if it's messy or ugly. This group is not so high-minded that it's out of touch with reality -- Yvonne is just trying to bring a little mindfulness in to the struggles of daily life.
The other thing I like about her groups is that they meet every other week (good for a busy schedule) and that they are small (3-5 people) enough to reallly come to know each other. In short, I always leave the group feeling much more capable and supported than when I came in, and isn't that the idea? On bonus nights, I've gotten ideas from the group that have permanently changed the way I parent -- bringing more kindness and awareness to our family life. If you're interested check out her web site: www.yvonnemansell.com Suzanne
After moving back to the States with my young daughter two years ago, I haven't had much success in finding a great group of single, fabulous parents to socialize with. Anyone know of groups, support or otherwise for single parents? There's only one in Berkeley I found through Bananas, and I'd love to know of more options. Where are all the other divorced (or just single) parents here in Rockridge/Berkeley? I've joined a great synogogue, but am the only single parent there (amazing, but true). Anyone interested in an intellectual/artsy book club along these lines? Or starting a support group? Where are the other divorced parents?
Where are the other fabulous single-mothers/fathers? I have been living in the Bay Area for three years now. My child is one year old. I work part-time as an accountant and the rest of the time as an artist/dancer. My son and I have a fabulous life, but there is a huge hole where there should be friends and community. I have some friends, but none with kids that still want to do things. I see many families in the east bay, but where are the single-parent families? Having friends without kids makes me feel a deep split in my life. I am either ALONE and hanging out with my kid or paying for a babysitter and out with friends feeling ''guilty.'' Where are the potlucks, the friends who just ''drop by'', the playdates? Can anyone recommend a single parents group or know any other single-parents who still lead fabulous lives, but could use some parent friends? I am a bit pagan in my beliefs, but have actually considered joining a church just to have some community around. HELP! Holly
I am looking for a single parent support group or social group in the Berkeley/Oakland area. dawn
Does anyone know of a support group for newly-single moms in the Oakland/Berkeley/Alameda area? I am recently separated, with a 1- and 4-year-old, and would like to talk with other moms in similar situations.
Additionally, I will be facilitating a support group for children of divorce, starting in late August. It will be at the same time and place as the single parents group. This group was originally facilitated by Milton Kalish, LCSW and I am taking it over for him this fall. If you have any questions, you can call me, Mara Newbart, LCSW at 510-604-8918 Mara Newbart, LCSW
There's a great single parent support group at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) in Lafayette on Monday nights at 6 pm. It's $3, drop-in, and free (good) childcare is provided. The group is run by a pair of therapists who volunteer their time. They used to be single parents. The group is not a "cry-on-your-shoulder" format. Focus is education. I went for 4 years. Good place to meet people. People come from all around the area. Altho it meets in the church, it has nothing to do with religion. Liz Hannigan is one of the leaders, and her number is 925 855 1745. She won't mind a call at all. The group is extremely supportive. Linda
Neighborhood Moms has a single moms support group that is free once you join Neighborhood Moms ($25/year) for a huge newsletter packed full of info, playgroups, free monthly child development/parenting lectures etc. Call 527-MOMS to get a membership application. Denise
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