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A Mother's Retreat is a seven week parenting support group that focuses on mothers of children with high emotional needs. Emotionally intense children experience the world differently than those around them. Mothering a child with high emotional needs, takes a great deal of understanding and energy, and at the same time can also feel isolating and overwhelming. This therapeutic support group fosters community amongst mothers who understand the challenges of raising exceptional children, and gives tools to help mothers stay engaged and equipped for their journey.


A Mother's Retreat is for mothers of any age child with any of the following emotional experiences:

  • Emotional Dysregulation

  • High Sensitivity or Intensity

  • Giftedness/2e

  • Hyperactivity/Impulsivity

  • Anxiety/Worry

  • Anger/Aggression

  • Sensory Processing Difficulty

  • Depression

A Mother’s Retreat  is a place to:

  • Be supported by other mothers in your parenting journey

  • Identify your vision and values, and recognize your strengths as a mother

  • Foster ways of connection rather than disconnection with your child

  • Explore your feelings in a safe and creative space

  • Be energized and refreshed in your parenting journey

Group Details:

TIME:  7 Friday sessions,  11:30 am-1:00 pm beginning in September 2019

LOCATION: 1000 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena, CA 91030

COST: $420 (can be paid weekly, $60 per session)

CONTACT: Michelle Bodwell, LMFT, ATR-BC to ask a question or get more information

SIGN UP: I’m interested! Sign up here and fill out a pre-group interest form.

Listening to the other mothers be vulnerable and honest, made me feel like I wasn’t alone.”

“It’s always helpful to know that you are not the only one going through a difficult time with your child. The weekly lessons allowed me to be more mindful of being in the moment and thinking outside the box.
— Previous Group Attendees