Holding Space Support Groups

This fall, join the Holding Space Support Group focusing on Thresholds/Life Changes.

In this group, skilled/trained facilitators strive to:
Hold a safe and brave space for your stories
Invite you to deepen your understanding of how your loss has influenced or impacted you
Offer an opportunity to transform your relationship with your grief
Cultivate the healing power of personally meaningful ritual and honoring sadness, despair, disbelief, frustration or anger
Begin to make meaning from our losses and exploring how it has transformed us
Strengthen the circles of support surrounding us
Experience the power of human connection and bearing witness to our stories

The Institute welcomes people of all gender identities, cultures, racial groups, socio-economic experiences, family structures, sexual orientations, and parenting experiences.




Holding Space Support Groups are 6-weeks in length. Participants gather for 2-hour sessions each week. Currently, all of the following groups will be led in English. Support groups led in Spanish are forthcoming.

Each group is $120 per 6-week session. Scholarships available.
All groups meet online ~ Zoom link provided upon registration.

To register, contact Amy.

Thresholds: Navigating Life Changes Support Group
Co-Facilitated by Melinda Hitchcock & Anne Crook
Thursdays October 21st-December 2nd
7-9pm EST

*The group will take November 25th off in observance of Thanksgiving

Are you currently navigating a significant change in your life? Are you experiencing painful emotions related to these changes? For example: a recent divorce/breakup, job change, relocation, new diagnosis, or shifts in identity. Major life changes bring grief, which often goes unacknowledged by our broader culture and we are left to grapple with difficult emotions largely on our own. If you’re struggling to make sense of changes in your life, we warmly invite you to join our Thresholds: Navigating Life Changes support group. Come experience compassionate presence, a safe space, and professional guidance, to navigate these transitions in a supportive community.


We would love to hold space for you and all of your experience.


Holding Space Support Group Facilitators

Melinda Hitchcock holds an MSW from Fordham University. In the last 20 years she has worked with families and individuals battling homelessness and addiction. At Little Sisters of the Assumption ~ a non- profit family health service in East Harlem, New York City ~ Melinda provided Spanish speaking services and support to immigrant families and refugees of all faiths to help them meet their most fundamental needs. At Angels at Risk in Los Angeles, California she helped guide students and their parents through life struggles and helped them build foundations for long term social stability. At In Balance Academy in Tucson, Arizona, a therapeutic boarding school for young men, Melinda used an array of experiential treatment modalities, including equine therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy. Melinda now lives in upstate New York, while mentoring women in her community who are struggling with addiction and basic coping skills. Melinda’s life contains a myriad of experiences that, through triumphs and tragedies, have brought her to the reality of living her desires and being of service to others. Her focus is specifically on the development of the individual and the healing and strength of family relations through positive solutions.  Her passion for her work extends beyond self, and her education. Her goal is to provide guidance and hope for all those who come under her care.


Anne Ferrier Crook holds a B.A. from American University in French Language and Western European Studies.  She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, AADP, Holding Space Consultant, Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA), and Certified Medical Interpreter, CMI-Spanish.  She has worked in many facets of healthcare for the past 20 years with regard to holding space for life’s sacred thresholds.  Anne is passionate about supporting clients to heal and transform their body-mind-spirit from the inside out.  She taught nutritional healing and provided wellness consults to clients from all over the world at Onsite — a therapeutic retreat center world-renowned for healing trauma. She specializes in supporting clients to move out of “dis-ease” from post-traumatic stress into greater ease and emotional freedom.  She brings a compassionate presence and years of knowledge & expertise to clients as they explore the deeper meaning of “soul care” while courageously navigating life transitions.  Her writing has been featured in childbirth magazines, online publications, and a best-seller book called “Thresholds: 75 Stories of How Changing Your Perspective Can Change Your Life.”  Learn more.