First-time Mothers to Be, Grandparenting & Divorce Groups Offer Support and Solutions

An exciting new series begins in Norwalk, CT this May, 2012. Dr. Annie Abram, PhD, LCSW, will run three distinct 4-8 week groups on a number of critical, timely themes; for first time mothers to be, grandparents and women experiencing divorce.

Online PR News – 21-April-2012 – Norwalk, CT – Norwalk, CT – Dr. Annie Abram, PhD, LCSW brings 25 years of clinical and practical expertise in mindful parenting to the public in the form of three distinct 4-week groups beginning this May, 2012. All three groups will take place at Dr. Abram’s office at 83 East Ave, Suite 209, Norwalk, CT.

Mommy to Be and Mommy and Me is for first-time mothers in the last trimester of pregnancy, “Great” Grandparenting is for grandparents and Women and Divorce is for women considering, in the process of, or post divorce.

“Becoming a mother, becoming a grandparent or navigating divorce are some of life’s greatest challenges,” says Dr. Abram, who holds a doctorate from New York University’s School of Social Work, as well as psychoanalytic certification from the National Psychoanalytic Association for Psychoanalysis. “These groups will challenge people’s tendency to isolate during difficult times by giving participants a chance to meet peers who are in the same boat, and offer them a nonjudgmental and supporting environment where they can expect to grow and change.”

Dr. Abram’s passionate interest in all aspects of parenting has led her to develop and lead many groups and workshops on the topic in Connecticut and New York over the past 10 years. She is offering similar groups for grandparents, newly divorced and women going through divorce.

“Grandparenting has changed so much over the past 20 years,” she says. “People live longer and adult children and their parents (now grandparents) often run into difficulties which can be conflictual.” In 2011 her weekly radio show; “Ask Dr. Annie Abram”, garnered the highest ratings ever for a show on grandparenting. Meanwhile the 2012 divorce rate is expected to equal, or be greater than, that for 2011 and 2010 according to Dr. Abram notes that divorce often occurs when children are young and is particularly difficult when they are involved.

Each of Dr. Abram’s May groups has an emotional and practical component with the emphasis on exploring, understanding and processing the former in order to implement the latter. So, for example, the Mommy to Be and Mommy and Me groups will look at which emotions are tied to physical and hormonal changes and which may be connected to other causes, how to build a beautiful relationship with your baby, establishing an effective support network, evolving into the joint parental role, choosing qualified and compatible outside caregivers, keeping overall family dynamics on a sound footing and negotiating the emotional and day-to-day practicalities. All three groups will make use of the latest research regarding the brain’s capacity to change throughout life, thanks to Dr. Abram’s inaugural membership in the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS.)

“Life transitions evoke strong feelings which often change all our relationships,” she explains. “These groups will help participants to develop the capacity for self reflection; (capacity to understand one’s own and others’ behavior) a transformative life tool which you can access anytime and anywhere.”

Mommy to Be will run for mothers only on Wednesdays May 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6-7:30pm. The group will resume with babies in tow for Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25 and Oct 2 from 12:30-2pm. “Great” Grandparenting will run Tuesdays May 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5:30 – 7pm. Women and Divorce will be held on Tuesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22 and June 5 and 12 from 10:30-12 pm.

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