Support Groups

The next Afterglow Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support Group will begin again every Tuesday for six weeks, July 24th from 9:30-11am through August 28th.  I couldn’t find anything like this when I was struggling and it’s profoundly important that we band together to help each other on this rollercoaster ride of motherhood.

Babies are welcome, of course! We will cover topics related to coping tools, self-care, what to expect, questions to ask your provider when considering medication, communicating with your partner, and attachment with your baby despite this illness, as well as provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space to process with each other.  Please join us at my office located at 335 Hillcrest Drive, Reno, NV 89509. (Entrance through the side gate to the right of the driveway).

To sign up, please email me at ashley.s.hanna@gmail.com so that I can send you the outline and weekly articles, and so that you can stay in touch with the other moms in your group! The cap will be five members for the sake of group dynamics. If there are at least three moms, we will do it; if it fills up, we’ll add another group!  If you are experiencing pre-natal depression or anxiety, contact me so we can discuss if this group will be a good fit for you. The cost is $25/week for the 6-week series, payable through my website. Let me know if cost is an issue and we can work something out!

Postpartum Support International has great resources and a free online support group in the meantime, if you haven’t already checked it out. Always remember, you are not alone. There is hope. With treatment, you will be well.

Support Group Guidelines

1.  Everything said in the group is confidential.

2.  Please do not share with anyone the names or stories you learn in this room.

3.  We share feelings and experiences just as they are.  There are no right or wrong statements.

4.  Each person knows what is best for her or himself, and therefore carries the primary responsibility for her or his well-being during the meeting.  If at any time persons need to leave or take a break, for any reason, they are free to do so.

5.  Everyone’s presence is appreciated and can be a source of healing for others.  No one is required to speak during the meeting.  Listening is a gift, too.

6.  When speaking, use “I” statements, rather than “we,” “you,” or “they.”  Please focus on your feelings, not opinions.

7.  Avoid individual problem solving.  Individuals can learn from one another’s experiences to solve their own problems.

8.  When a person speaks, the others should listen actively, with the goal of relating the speaker’s experiences to their own.  Only one person should be speaking at any given time with no interruptions from others.

9.  It is empowering and healing for us to gather ideas that can benefit us, but advice-giving is not recommended.  No one of us is an expert and no one knows what is best for another.

10.  The sharing that takes place is a gift to everyone in the room.  Please don’t ask questions seeking more information.  What each person chooses to share is appreciated and sufficient.

11.  At times there may be silence during the meeting.  This provides a moment to reflect on what has been shared.  No one needs to feel anxious or responsible to break the silence. 

The session is comprised of two parts.  During the first part, everyone is invited to share his or her experiences and feelings. The second part consists of a psychoeducational topic and open discussion where all are invited to talk about what they learned from the previous sharing.

Support Group Informed Consent Form

To make this group safe, supportive, productive, and the best experience possible for group members, it is important for each member to make a commitment to actively attend the group. In doing so, you will receive the benefit of yours and others’ efforts. Please agree to abide by the following:

• Attendance: If you decide to attend the group, please commit to coming on time to each of the six sessions. You will reap the most benefit and the group will function best if everyone comes to all six sessions.

• Active Participation: This can mean actively listening and/or sharing your thoughts, feelings, and reactions in a respectful way. In general, the more you put into a group, the more you’ll get out of it. The group will be a safe, trusting and supportive place.

• Confidentiality: I understand that in this support group, members will be expected to uphold one another’s confidentiality. I understand that all information disclosed within session is confidential and may not be revealed by me about other members. The group leader cannot reveal information about me without my written permission except where disclosure is required by law:

  1. If I present an imminent threat to myself or others
  2. When there is an indication of abuse of a child, elder or dependent adult
  3. By court subpoena

• Fees: $25 for each of the 6 sessions, $150 total. If you miss a session due to illness or any other reason, you will not be reimbursed for that session. You are saving your spot for the entire group, which prevents another person from joining.

• Self-Care in Emergencies: If at any time I feel like harming myself or injuring another, I will let the group facilitator know and or contact my individual therapist or psychiatrist. If I cannot reach them, I will call either 911 or the Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Signature & Date:________________________________

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