guided wellness groups for the LGBTQ+ community

facilitated support groups for gender- and sexuality- diverse individuals to learn & grow together
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✨ Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community can be a source of strength but also comes with unique mental health challenges

Each and every one of us are unique & special in our own way - the LGBTQ+ community represents an extraordinary range of gender- and sexuality- identities & expressions along with race, religion, ethnicity, nationality and socioeconomic class. Regardless of who you are, you are worthy, you are beautiful, and you belong!

For the LGBTQ+ community, we're becoming used to finding our way in a world where we are told we're "different" or even worse, "wrong". It doesn't get easier though. Questioning, denial, coming out, rejection, trauma, strugging to find people who get us, the list goes on.

Join other LGBTQ+ folks in Shimmer groups to share stories, explore our uniqueness, and grow together to become better people!

📝 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 LGBTQ+ Wellness Groups are for any gender or sexuality-diverse identifying individual. You're matched into a small group of 6-8 with other LGBTQ+ folks who get you. Then, our LGBTQ+ expert facilitator meets with your group once a week for 60 minutes. Together, you'll:

✨ Discuss challenges & successes in key domains of being part of the LGBTQ+ community.

✨ Bond with and support other LGBTQ+ folks on their journey.

✨ Learn new skills to not only take care of your mental health but to build a thriving life.

📖 what you'll learn

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.

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 our talented 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
(he/him)

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
(she/her)

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
(she/her)

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
(he/him)

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
(any/none)

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
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