Ongoing and Upcoming Groups:


Upcoming Workshops:


Candid Conversation Group

Once a month for JC Moms Group Members 

Everyone tells us that being a mom is hard. But no one could have prepared us for the frustration, loneliness, stress, anxiety and all the other which is not safe for work (NSFW) emotions that come with the job. Whether you’re a first time mom, or a veteran of multiples, this meetup for you. Share, or vent, your stories, drama, or mommy confessions without judgement or shame in a supportive and confidential setting where you get to focus on yourself and your needs. Licensed clinical social worker, therapist & mom Divya Dodhia [] will facilitate and provide tools with which to work through our emotions.

Parenting Seminar Series

This series of seminars will provide parents with knowledge regarding Developmental Milestones for ages birth to three.  It will help parents answer questions, such as: What should your child be doing at different stages of development? Are they hitting the developmental milestones  appropriately for their age? Get answers to these and other child development questions, right here. It will also include information on what activities you can do at home to encourage these milestones.  For example, using simple wooden block to promote fine motor skills such as banging them together before the child turns 1. She can develop the concept of cause and effect and a sense of gravity by knocking down a tower you have built for her and will want to repeat that game many times. As her fine motor skills develop as a toddler, she will begin to stack the blocks herself. This can be a great opportunity to practice counting as she makes a vertical tower or a lines them up horizontally. 3-year-olds can also begin to sort the blocks by color or make simple patterns as they build.

Start Date: July 8, 15, 22, 29 (Every Tuesday for 1.5 hours)

Time: 8-9:30 PM Cost: $40 per session, or All 4 Sessions for $120

Place: 121 Indiegrove, 5th Floor, Jersey City, NJ

RSVP by June 20th, 2014: Divya Dodhia ( or (201-448-7629)

**Sign up only for the sessions you want.  You do not have to attend every session.  

Tuesday July 8, 2014 Seminar 1: Title: Understanding your Parenting Style (1 hr)

  • Taking a parenting quiz
  • Discussing the results of the quiz
  • Information on different parenting styles
    • types of styles
  • How your parenting style may affect your parenting
  • Q & A (30 mins)

Tuesday July 15, 2014 Seminar 2: Title: Understanding Child Development Birth to One Milestones

  • Cognitive Development
  • Physical Development
  • Speech/Language Development
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Activities to encourage these areas of Development.
  • Q & A (30 mins)

Tuesday July 22, 2014 Seminar 3: Title: Understanding Child Development 12-24 Months Milestones

  • Cognitive Development
  • Physical Development
  • Speech/Language Development
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Activities to encourage these areas of Development.
  • Q & A (30 mins)

Tuesday July 29, 2014 Seminar 4: Title: Understanding Child Development 24-36 Months Milestones

  • Cognitive Development
  • Physical Development
  • Speech/Language Development
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Activities to encourage these areas of Development.
  • Q & A (30 mins)

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(Re)Entering the workforce, facilitated by Divya Dodhia, LCSW

Wed. Nov. 6, 7:30pm @ Indiegrove

Thinking about going back to work or recently transitioned to work? Are you dealing with feelings such as:

  • ambivalence about work vs. staying at home,
  • guilt over ‘abandoning’ your child(ren) and family,
  • worries about your ‘work shelf-life’ after being out of the workforce,
  • needing flexibility in your routine to manage home and work,
  • (re)entering a tough job market, and
  • maintaining some semblance of a personal life?

Then this meetup is for you! Please join us for a casual evening of discussion where we will share these challenges, understand our own personal needs, and provide support to each other. The discussion be facilitated by Divya Dodhia, LCSW. BYOB to help uncork your thoughts! Snacks will be provided.

The Kids and I

A Group to Explore New Perspectives on Understanding Children

What does early childhood development really mean, and how can parents encourage and support this development?

This parenting support group will focus on helping parents gain knowledge in early childhood development, by exploring new perspectives on parent development, family development, culture and community, and parent-child relationships. By examining these areas, parents will have an opportunity to understand how these domains affect the social, emotional, and cognitive growth in  children.  The goal is to strengthen families, through healthy growth and development of parents and children. This 12-week group will be limited to six parents, who will have a chance to share, laugh and learn about parenting.  It will be a safe environment to process parent’s experiences and gain knowledge about their children’s development. Privacy will be respected at all times and information shared within the group meetings will remain confidential.

Who: This group is ideal for new parents with children under 3 years of age.

When: The group will begin on September 3, 2013, and end November 19, 2013, meeting every Tuesday evening from 8-9pm for twelve weeks.

Where: Indiegrove (near Grove St. PATH) 121 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07302

Fee: $36 per session for 12 weekly sessions

Early Childhood Development w/ Divya Dodhia, LCSW

August 7, 2013; August 21, 2013; May 20, 2014; Jersey City, NJ


What does Early Childhood Development really mean? As parents we tend to focus on behaviors and attitude. However, there is much more to our children than this. Please join us for mom’s night out with Licensed Clinical Social Worker and fellow JC Mom, Divya Dodhia. She will talk about early childhood development and offer strategies to support a healthier development. Areas she will cover are:

  • age-appropriate developmental expectations
  • identifying our children’s social and emotional needs, and appropriate parental responses and modeling
  • different approaches children take to learn, such as curiosity, risk-taking, etc.
  • language and literacy development: speech, and ways to develop age-appropriate language
  • creativity and arts development: modeling, evaluating, and providing opportunities for exploration
  • logical and scientific thinking: how a child learns problem-solving skills
  • physical development: gross and fine motor skills