support groups for parents & caregivers

Facilitated support groups for parents taking care of a loved one who is experiencing mental health issues.
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👪 being a parent and caregiver is hard, especially for those with mental health issues

Parents care deeply for their children. Taking care of one who is experiencing mental illness can be really hard. It often feels like more than a full time job; it's extremely emotionally taxing and never clear what path you should take to make things better.

You are NOT alone. There are 60 million people who provide unpaid care to loved ones in the US. Although every caring relationship is unique, there are challenges and solutions to be shared.

📝 how it works

Our Shimmer Groups draw off of years of peer support and group therapy research. We believe in the power of connecting those with similar identities and experiences. Learn more about the evidence behind Shimmer Groups.

Shimmer Caregiver Support Groups are for any adult caring for a loved one who is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. You're matched into a small group of 6-8 with other caregivers who get you. Then, our expert facilitator meets with your group of caregivers once a week for 60 minutes. Together, you'll:

✨ Discuss challenges & success in key domains of being a caretaker.

✨ Bond with and support other caregivers going through similar experiences.

✨ Learn new skills to take care of not only your loved one, but your own well-being.

📖 what you'll learn

Our curriculum is carefully developed by a licensed mental health therapist specializing in young adult care, Sharon Kim LMHC, and an expert group psychiatrist doctor from UCSF, Amin Azzam MD.

Our curriculum covers essential skills in being a caregiver, with a mix of theory, discussion, exercises, and support.

see what members have to say
“It’s quickly become something I look forward to all week long. I find myself in Shimmer quite a bit. Watching chats, reading gratitude entries, and reflecting.” - Charlie (they/them)
“Last night I shared a story about a challenge I overcame. It was a breakthrough moment. I realized I HAD to get the stuff inside of me OUT. Then came the words of affirmation from my group mates. I feel so much better now - this is exactly what I need in my life." - Alex (he/him)
"In my group, everyone can relate to what I say, and I can relate to what they're saying. They’re wonderful kind people. I never feel any pressure & am comfortable with them. It's also super inspiring when they talk about their experiences!" - Kendall (she/her)
meet the loving Shimmer Care Team
Shimmer's Care Team provides the warm, creative, and steady foundation to host community events and facilitate Shimmer Groups.
Dr. Amin Azzam, MD MA

Clinical Advisor
Amin is a professor at UCSF and UC Berkeley. He is an expert researcher in both group psychotherapy and education for young professionals. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, board games, and international travel.
Samorn Selim, JD

Shimmer Guide
Samorn is an experienced lawyer, executive coach, and diversity, inclusion, and belonging facilitator.  She is an advocate for and passionate about creating safe spaces for people to prioritize their mental health and wellness
Sharon Kim, LMHC

Community Lead
Sharon is a licensed mental health therapist that enjoys working with the young adult population. She hopes to use her clinical background to create a safe space for individuals to share their experiences and build a strong support system within the Shimmer community.
Eutah Mizushima, NCPS

Shimmer Guide
Eutah is a certified peer support specialist from Los Angles. He hopes that he can use what he's learned from his personal struggles with depression and anxiety to help guide and support others in their own mental health journeys.
Ashley Lee

Shimmer Guide
Ashley is a peer and mental health advocate with experience helping underrepresented young adults navigate career, purpose, and wellness. She wants to help foster moments where people feel safe to embrace possibility and gain perspective amidst uncertainty.

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We offer affordable monthly rates compared to professional coaching
($250/session) and individual therapy ($150/session).
  • Weekly 60 mins group video sessions
  • Community events
  • Custom chat & video platform
2 week free trial included
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