Stillpoint Center

Women Awakening Women

A group to add more staying power to your path to freedom

When you want relapse to be a distant memory

Whether relapse means taking a drink or yelling at the kids, eating a cookie or resenting your partner, it’s a challenge when you haven’t found the key to vibrant inner peace. You don’t want to give up, but no matter what you do, your life still doesn’t meet your expectations. Maybe you have glimpses of the promise of your self-help program, or maybe just the promises you made to yourself, but everyday events push them away.

What if there’s nothing wrong with you? What if you just need an added approach to help you settle in? Since 1993, this group has helped numerous women find freedom from anxiety, overwhelm and the habits they've developed in the past that didn't help for long or at all!  That includes unhealthy habits with food, alcohol, drug or pills, unhelpful relationship choices, isolating in front of televisions or books, or even hiding out in meditation rooms and yoga classes.

In this group, you can develop skills in:

• Relating to others more effectively

• Stablizing your moods

• Taking your important relationships to the next level

• Speaking without blame or judgment and listening with a more open heart

• Making more satisfying decisions when faced with life challenges

The wise woman keeps a healthy fear, knowing that backpedaling is always possible. In this group, you get support for keeping the past where it belongs. “Relapse is not an option” because you can learn the skills to support your commitment, whether you've chosen abstinence or not.

When your self-help program isn’t private enough

Of course, you appreciate all that your self-help program has to offer.  This could mean attending meetings and developing new friendships, reading books or working with a sponsor. Still, you might want more privacy to address some of your challenges, hopes and dreams. Joining chat rooms isn't enough, nor does it work to talk with family and  friends who don't understand. This small group makes it possible to share yourself in ways that you don’t experience anywhere else. You can have an extra layer of protection by being in a private group.

When you’d like to benefit from crosstalk

The “no crosstalk” rule in some meetings, such as 12-step programs, has a purpose: It offers the powerful chance to say what’s so — without having to deal with someone else’s idea of who you are. In other groups that allow crosstalk, feedback isn't always handled in a safe way.  In this group, you can benefit from different kind of empowerment that happens when feedback is guided so that it's appropriate and safe. You can also enrich your recovery by learning to effectively crosstalk.

When you want more from your relationships

The world around us pushes us to look for answers outside ourselves, so we learn to forget our own internal guidance. This group includes experiential work that helps you access your relationship patterns in a way that doesn't happen in self-help groups. It’s possible to influence your automatic reactions, learn clean communication skills and deepen your connection to yourself and others. Through this group, you can give your relationships a boost.

When you want or need therapy, but finances hold you back

Group work is more affordable than individual therapy. This particular commitment offers the benefits of both: A weekly group plus one individual session per month at no additional charge.

When you want to add another dimension to your journey

Your self-help program, has given you a good start, proving its effectiveness in helping you build a solid, stable foundation for:

• Replacing problem habits with healthier ways of being in the world

• Developing honesty and integrity at home, with friends and at work

• Trusting in a universal life force that is attuned to your highest good

Long-term recovery is more complex, especially for women. Maybe your family or relationship history has been getting in the way of dealing with today and building your tomorrow. Even in recovery, life has challenges. Self-help groups have helped you get this far. This group can help you get to your next level. You can put more staying power into your healing journey.

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Growing ourselves is a lifelong path.

Walking it with others

helps soften the pain and

heighten the adventure.

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Your initial commitment:

It’s best to know ahead of time if this group is likely to be right for you, so before entering group, we’ll have at least four individual sessions (at a mutually agreed upon fee) to discuss your hopes for your life and to learn how the group works.

Group logistics:

We meet at Stillpoint Center, near Trader Joe’s west of downtown Lafayette, close to Highway 24 and BART. We meet four Tuesdays a month from 7-9 pm (we take a break in months with five Tuesdays). You’ll also attend one individual session per month to assist you in using the group more effectively and to enhance your process. You have the option of attending more than one individual session as needed, although an additional fee does apply to those cases.

About the group leader:

Michael Anne Conley, MFT

My goal is to help you transform the hunger you’ve had for external sources of comfort, which so often ends up in addictive behavior, and awaken to your own inner source of nourishment.  I've been leading groups since 1993 and working in the addiction treatment field since 1984.  I developed an effective group process approach, and taught it to hundreds of students in the addiction certificate programs at Diablo Valley College and Cal-State East Bay. Learn more about me and how you can benefit from my holistic approach to healing habits that create problems for yourself and others.

Join the journey!


(925) 262-4848

Center Services

Addiction/Habit Change
Addiction Recovery
Stop Smoking Support

Age Management Medicine

Clinical Hypnotherapy

• Individual Care
Group Support
• Relationship Help
• Services for Children

Fertility/Healthy Pregnancy

Food/Weight/Body Image


Insomnia/Sleep Help

Massage/Energy Work

Pharmaceutical-Free Options

Stress Response Coaching

Traditional Chinese Medicine