Immigrants Rising’s Support Groups help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to community.

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These 6-week Wellness Support Groups led by trained mental health providers or registered clinicians, are designed to help undocumented people feel less alone and more understood. The weekly virtual sessions are closed; meaning that advance registration is required, with the goal of creating a confidential space where 10-12 participants can feel grounded, find community, and share their unique experiences, challenges, and successes with one another. Note: though participation can be therapeutic, the groups are not a form of therapy.

Upcoming Support Groups

Wellness Support Group: Foundations of WellBEing

Foundations of WellBEing

Foundations of WellBEing is a 6-week course that will provide participants with an understanding of how personal transformation works and how to navigate it gracefully. Part of the process includes learning to regulate your emotions, build self-love/esteem, listen to your intuition, and surrender to the flow of the Universe. Participants will gain actionable steps to immediately begin using in real world scenarios to see results, including increased happiness, clarity, and meaning.

About the Facilitator

Bianca L. Rodriguez, MA, Ed.M, LMFT is a soul whisperer, innovator, and nationally syndicated columnist on the topic of mental health and wellness. Her expert opinion is highly sought by media outlets. After receiving her MA and Ed.M in psychological counseling from Columbia University in 2005, Bianca had a spiritual awakening and realized despite her struggles with alcoholism, anxiety, and depression, she was complete. For the next decade Bianca developed her unique brand of psychotherapy integrating traditional and mystical interventions becoming a prominent leader and teacher in the recovery field. Upon meeting Bianca you’ll be inspired by her effervescent spirit. Join her at

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Tuesdays starting on March 16, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m. PT / 9:30-10:45 p.m. ET


Wellness Support Group: UndocuAPI Support Group

UndocuAPI Support Group

There are 1.7 million undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrants in the U.S., with the vast majority living in California. However, the phrase “undocumented immigrant” often evokes imagery and services intended specifically for the Latinx community. As a result, the diverse needs and identities of the API community are commonly overlooked. This group is a place for API individuals to come together to hear and be heard, sharing stories that express each person’s unique experience and culture. Through thoughtful questions and prompts, we will build the strength of community that comes from recognizing common values, empathizing with familiar pressures, and finding comfort in our shared humanity.

About the Facilitator

Lina Hannigan, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and wellness coach in private practice. She earned her doctorate degree at Alliant International University, specializing in health psychology. She received extensive training in primary care behavioral medicine and chronic pain management at UCSF/SFGH and Kaiser Permanente, integrating the physical and mental domains to optimize health. As a Japanese American whose parents were immigrants, Lina grew up navigating between cultures. She worked as an English teacher in a small town in Hokkaido, Japan, before going to graduate school with a commitment to serve the API community. She is a member of NichiBei Care, providing services to Japanese-speaking individuals, and Frontline Workers Counseling Project, providing pro-bono services during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is proud to be a volunteer therapist at Immigrants Rising.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Thursdays starting on March 18, 2021
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. PT / 5:00-6:30 p.m. ET


Wellness Support Group: Redefining Rest in the Latinx Community

Redefining Rest in the Latinx Community

The goal of this group is to teach participants the importance of resting to better their mental and emotional health. We will explore the negative connotations placed on “rest” by our community or family members. We will also explore the deep-rooted emphasis on “work and grind.” Participants will identify healthy ways of resting and creating a healthy balance between work and rest. Participants will learn how to effectively communicate the need to “rest” to family members, and they will learn how to set boundaries around rest.

About the Facilitator

I am Dr. Susana Marquez, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Doctor in Psychology. I am an only child, daughter of immigrants from Central American parents. I am married and have a 6-year-old son. I am an extrovert, enjoy cooking, watching Lakers basketball and traveling. I have worked for the county mental health field for over 15 years serving Latinx families, parents, children and women. I have a great passion for providing education, raising awareness and destigmatizing mental health in the Latinx community. My passion has always been to serve our underrepresented community and assist them in finding their voice.

Schedule & Info

Dates: 6 consecutive Sundays starting on March 21, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT / 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET


Interested in facilitating a support group?

Please contact our Mental Health Team at for more information.