Grief Support Group

Join us to be with Grief in a community of support

Grief is a part of being human, and can feel isolating. But, you don’t have to grieve alone. We will create a safe space together, to authentically explore the grief within us, however it looks today. We may be grieving loved ones we have lost, a now impossible dream or future, parts of ourselves, or the losses and sorrows of the world. Allowing our grief to be heard and held in community provides space for these deep human feelings. We will support the true expression of each individual’s grieving process. What unfolds within this group will be determined by the needs of this specific community. We will provide a space to feel, to heal, to acknowledge, to process, to be present, and to be held. As we journey, we may use prompts, journaling, raw authentic expression, story telling, rituals, somatic processing, processing through art, simply being with others, and more.

Let’s explore our grief and the threshold of our sorrows; together seeking guidance toward the rest of our lives.


Halie Anderson, AMFT
“My journey through grief has been deep and intimate. I have met grief in many different ways. From the loss of family members, from the pain of abuse, to my own loss of aspects of myself. My life’s journey has brought me deeper to be with the intimacy of my own unique experience of grief and to authentically explore the complexity within the shadows and light that come with grief and loss. I have found that the more I have surrendered to the truth of my grief, the more I can access the totality of the felt sense of being human and healing beings to bloom. I hope to be a presence of support and to meet you where you are at this time of grief.” – Halie
Supervised by Lynndal Daniels LMFT #78183

Barbara Lowenstein-Weglein, MBA, MFT Trainee
Barbara is a therapist in training at Liberation Institute, and completing her second master’s in Child and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. Barbara has had extensive experience running peer-led support groups for over a decade and is grateful to be able to create a loving and kind space for supporting your inner journey. Barbara is a Bay Area native, mom, lifelong student, and would love to own a big farm full of rescue dogs.
Supervised by Lynndal Daniels LMFT #78183

MFT Trainee & Lisa Hobson, MFT Trainee 
Time: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Write to Heal Group

This is an experiential therapy group aimed to use writing to facilitate healing, balance, and insight.

Psychotherapist Maureen Murdoch (2003) remarked, “No event is too small or too insignificant to write about, and Louise DeSalvo (1999), PhD wrote, “Through writing about events and feelings, participants understood what had occurred and what they felt about it, and they assimilated the meaning of this event into their lives, thereby diffusing its power over them.” Psychologist Thomas Moore (1994) also commented: “The pen, expressing the soul’s passion, is mightier than the sword because the imagination can change the life of a people at their very roots.”

No experience with previous writing is needed; only a desire to get support in expressing authentically. The group is a safe and gentle place to reflect, and gain distance over experiences. It is best suited to people who have difficulties expressing their feelings or talking about their life experiences (from contemplation to trauma, or losses.) Writing helps clarify one’s feelings, experiences, and gain perspective on our life journey. Please note this is not a creative writing group per se, and that self-reflection will be invited through prompts offered at a gentle pace. Sharing of writing will always be optional and will be moderated by the facilitator.

Facilitator: Agnes Cartry-Jacobsen, LMFT Trainee, 
Supervised by: Adina Morguelan, LCSW #28900
The Liberation Institute
415-529-5454 ext. 750