Unliked acute illnesses like bronchitis or the flu, a chronic illness is incredibly challenging as it may never go away and can disrupt your life in a number of ways, including pain, fatigue, and mood disorders.
Connecting with other people is an important way to take care of ourselves and can help alleviate stress, sooth anxiety, and cultivate compassion. Meet others like you and find your supportive community!
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 Chronic Illness & Pain Support Groups are for those with chronic illness or health condition. Connect with 6-8 others going through daily challenges due to a chronic condition. Our expert facilitator meets with your group of once a week for 60 minutes, and you'll have access to mood tracking, gratitude journaling, and community events on our custom digital platform. Together, you'll:
Our curriculum is carefully developed by a licensed mental health therapist, Sharon Kim LMHC, and an expert group psychiatrist doctor from UCSF, Amin Azzam MD.
We use a mix of theory, discussion, exercises, and support to develop meaningful connections, honest conversations, and a community you can feel supported by.