about us

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our mission

Well Baby Center’s mission is to strengthen parent-child relationships by promoting reflective and mindful interactions between parent and child.

our approach

We believe that when parents mindfully reflect on their interactions with their children, three things occur: they don’t burden them with their own unresolved childhood issues; they help them reach their full developmental potential; and they help them build satisfying, lifelong relationships with others.

Our specially-trained family counselors guide parents through the process of self-healing and self-discovery so they can be fully present as their child grows. We strive to achieve maximum impact by intervening as early as possible.

In addition, we provide specialized infant-parent and maternal mental health training to professionals who, through their own clinical practice, will reach many families beyond those served at Well Baby Center.

training

Much of our work is done by Associate Marriage and Family Therapists enrolled in our Clinical Training Program. These Associate MFTs, who have completed their master’s degree and are working toward licensure, are provided with specialized training in psychodynamic, relationship-based infant-parent and maternal mental health. This includes training in the Mindful Parenting Group model, which focuses on enhancing the attachment relationship.

Our Clinical Training Program requires a minimum one-year commitment. Click here for more information if you are interested in joining our program.

testimonials

Testimonial by Lizeth Bejarano

In this video, Lizeth Bejarano shares how her participation in a Mindful Parenting Group changed her experience as a mother by giving her newfound confidence in her parenting abilities and exposing her to new parenting techniques that allowed her to strengthen her bond with her child. Her son is now three years old and attends DIG Childhood Center, where she currently serves as a board member.

Client Feedback

"Well Baby Center is a wonderful resource for new parents on the Westside. It provides a welcoming and reassuring environment with genuinely caring and knowledgeable staff.”

Ellen and baby Ava

"I always feel supported and never judged. Well Baby Center is refreshing, supportive, informative, and helpful."

Charise and baby Ethan

"In Mindful Parenting Group, both my husband and I learned to be proactive in our discipline. As new parents, it's so easy to rely on the parenting skills you were raised with. We unlearned some parenting habits that we did not want to continue."

Eve, Peter, and baby Sophia

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The Gift of You

We at Well Baby Center want to wish you a most joyous holiday season. You know the lyrics that begin with "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth..."? Well the truth is, the real thing your children crave is YOU!  All the gifts in the world can't compete with...

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The Antidote to Sadness: Gratitude

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Breastfeeding, Sleeping, and Family Wellness

As pediatrician and psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott said, there is “no such thing as a baby; there is only a baby and a mother.” Conversely, I suppose, there is no such thing as a mother, there is only a mother and a baby. Breastfeeding, Sleeping, and Family Wellness All...

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Coming to Your Senses – Sensory Integration and Your Child

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FAQ

How do I get started?

When you call us or stop by, the staff will schedule a free consultation with a counselor. They will listen to your needs and recommend the services to best support you.

If you choose to commit to counseling, a group, or another service, the initial fee and schedule will be established at that time.

If we are unable to accommodate you, we will provide you with referrals.

 

How much does it cost?

We are committed to keeping our services affordable and accessible. Fees for most services are on a sliding scale, based on your household’s income.

Full fees are as follows:

What are the qualifications of my counselor/facilitator?

Associate Marriage and Family Therapists, who have completed their master’s degree and are working toward licensure, provide most of our services. While in our Clinical Training Program they are supervised by experienced licensed therapists.

Licensed staff also lead some of our groups and provide counseling.

Well Baby Center is licensed as a psychology clinic by the California Department of Public Health.

Do you have evening or weekend appointments?

Yes, counselors are available Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

How long will counseling take?

Counseling typically lasts more than a few months and less than a year. However, each person’s situation is unique and there is no rule for how long someone will be in counseling.

How long are the groups?

Groups are 1 1/2 hours long each and require an initial 8-week commitment; thereafter it is month-to-month. Many members remain in their group for a year or more.

What is Well Baby Center’s philosophy?

Well Baby Center’s philosophy is rooted in the field of infant-parent mental health. We believe that early relationships form the foundation of an infant’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Our founder, Deborah Groening-Rother, Psy.D., an infant-parent mental health professional, created Well Baby Center to provide both preventative mental health services and a place for parents to receive peer social support.

Read more about Deborah’s vision and why she founded Well Baby Center here.

Do you accept referrals?

Yes, we welcome referrals! Call (310) 402-2229 x108 to discuss how we can partner.

Are you available for presentations?

Absolutely. We love reaching out to the community and sharing our approach to building strong families. Call (310) 402-2229 x108 to discuss how we can help.

Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday 9 am - 4 pm

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