about us

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our mission

Well Baby Center believes that every family deserves a place to feel supported — especially in the beginning. By strengthening family connections, healing the past, and providing social support, we help families and communities thrive.

our approach

In everything we do at Well Baby Center, we listen for the baby — when working with children and also when working with adults. Even when we are doing individual or couples therapy, we listen for the hurt baby within the adult whose needs haven’t yet been heard, understood, or fully explored. Our goal is to strengthen relationships — within oneself, with one’s significant other, or with one’s child.

Contrary to short-term therapy, long-term therapy aims for fundamental personality change and emotional healing, while short-term treatment by definition can only provide temporary symptom relief. This is why Well Baby Center has become the parenting hub that it is today. Serious treatment, when necessary, is combined with lighter fare — parent coaching, classes, community events, and even children’s birthday parties!

All the services provided at Well Baby Center are offered on a sliding scale basis, so no one is turned away for lack of funds.

In addition to providing counseling and groups, Well Baby Center contributes to the greater good with their specialized clinical internship program. In the past twelve years we have trained close to a hundred pre-licensed therapists. These clinicians continue as professional infant-parent and family mental health specialists reaching more people than Well Baby Center could ever serve alone.

our services

We offer a range of innovative and affordable services to support healthy families, including:
  • Developmental Assessments: specialized assessments for parents who would like a baseline understanding of their child’s development.
  • Counseling and Relationship Support: emphasizing mindful approaches to enhancing infant/toddler-parent relationships.
  • Mindful Parenting Groups, Mothers Support Groups, Loving Discipline Workshops, Mommy & Me Classes and Becoming Social Groups are offered all week long to support parents to develop the skills to reflect, understand, and be more responsive to their children’s needs.
  • Ancillary Services: We host free community events that promote overall family wellness and destigmatize mental health services.
  • Thursday Fundays: FREE outdoor play yard fun along with our popular Swell Baby Music class.

Sliding scale fees available for most services.

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

"Group interaction and hearing from other parents was very helpful and cathartic. I liked how you could really bring your personal issues into the course, [which] exceeded my expectations. I feel like every parent would benefit to come to a safe place like this to discuss parenting."

Anonymous

"It was great to hear the experiences of other parents and to share opinions on how to navigate common issues. The class helped me to stay present. A great opportunity to gain tools and structure for parents."

Anonymous

"The group provided a supportive space to discuss and address the everyday issues of parenting. The group leaders were very knowledgable."

Anonymous

"The class helped us as parents to speak about what’s going on and hear and lean from other parents. It was great to gain knowledge from intelligent and caring teachers. It was even better than I thought [it would be]. I learned new things and skills about children and their development and how to navigate better decisions for parenting. The leaders were the best I have had in a child/parent group. They knew what to talk about, how to manage the time for sharing and learning."

Anonymous

"Reflective & child-centered play have [greatly] changed my parenting. The facilitators have created a warm, welcoming space, ... and fostered a mindful attitude for parenting. They taught us great techniques but also [gave] great answers and feedback to our concerns."

Anonymous

"It helped me understand myself and my child and gave me information I didn’t know I needed. I would recommend this group because we need better parents, better people, and a better world."

Anonymous

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FAQ

How do I get started?

When you call, email, or stop by, the staff will schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with a counselor or parent educator. 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:

* Sliding scale available

Well Baby Center is now providing LOW OR NO FEE TELE-THERAPY REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY OR DOCUMENTED STATUS.

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 am to 5 pm; Evenings and Saturdays –  by appointment only.

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 eight 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 Dr. 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.