All groups are held at the Circle of Life Center and offer flexible fees. We also accept all major credit cards and most insurance.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Life Skills Group
Thursday’s 7:00pm – 9:00pm (starts April 25th, 2019)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
is an evidence-based group therapy which teaches healthy coping skills to regulate moods, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal relationships and increase awareness of self.  The coping skills can greatly improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma and other mental health and emotional issues. Support from each other and processing is also provided in the group.  Skills are taught within the following 4 Modules:

  • Mindfulness Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

You will receive an intake form via email for you to complete ahead of time, in addition to an intake with me prior to the first group.  DBT notebooks and handouts will be provided for each member.

This ongoing group is 16 weeks in duration and consistent attendance is important in order to benefit from the skills, as they build upon each other.

Each group will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Contact Heidi Allison, MSW, LCSW (#LCSW20142) with interest or questions:

Heidi Allison, MSW, LCSW (#LCSW20142) | Call/Text (562) 449-7298 | | $60 ($50 for Kaiser clients) per session


Fertility Support and Guidance
Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm

No one should face infertility alone. A Harvard Medical School Study showed that “the pregnancy rates of women trying to conceive more than doubled when they participated in group therapy.” Come join other people that are on the same journey.

In this group we will:

  • Problem solve
  • Discuss treatment
  • Explore family building options and transitions
  • Provide support and understanding.

Led by Sara Rector, LMFT (MFC #31230) | Call/Text (805)494-1414 | $50 per week – 8 week sessions


Becoming Mother: Pregnancy & New Moms Group

Are you pregnant or are you a new mom? Come share the joys, trials and tribulations of being pregnant or being a new mother.

This group is open to women in their second trimester of pregnancy up to mothers of lap babies.

Typical Group topics addressed are:

  • Transitions into parenting
  • Developmental stages of babies and parents
  • Problem solving and joy sharing
  • Navigating through the effects of pregnancy or parenthood on other relationships and life in general

Becoming a mother is a life changing experience. It can often be filled with joy and wonder and can also include anxiety and sadness. Make a plan for wellness in your postpartum and become a part of a community of women who understand you. This type of community can be hard to find when you first become a mother. The demands of everyday life, juggling multiple responsibilities, too often leave women socially isolated and worn out, placing them at risk for physical and emotional illnesses. Join us at Birch Family Services for this 4-session series which encourages interactive discussion and assigns cognitive behavioral “homework.”

Day & Time:  Fridays 1:30-2:45pm
Dates:  This is an ongoing weekly therapy group. There are (3) series and each series has 4 weekly modules.
   – Series 1: January 31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21
   – Series 2: February 28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20
   – Series 3: March 27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
Fee:  4-week session and materials is $160, to be paid in advance.
Register:  Visit
Location: Birch Family Birth Services, The Oak Mall, Thousand Oaks

The Group is Facilitated by:

Eynav E. Accortt, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist License #28621
Perinatal Mental Health Care
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Sara Rector, LMFT
Marriage, Family Therapist MFC #31230
Individuals, Couples and Group Therapy
Specializing in Relationship, Peri/Post Natal Support and Infertility
Pregnancy/New Moms and Infertility Groups