Amaryllis: Therapeutic Support for Birth Mothers

amaryllisResearch shows that women who place a child for adoption experience significantly higher levels of depression and receive less support than the general population.  In an effort to provide birth/first mothers with the ongoing care they may need, Anne Brodzinsky, Ph.D. and Melissa Holub, Ph.D. developed Amaryllis.

Amaryllis trains therapists in adoption issues, focusing on the unique experiences of this under-served population.  Training for therapists includes full-day workshops and monthly group consultation led by senior clinicians with expertise in adoption.  Amaryllis’s open-ended sessions allow women greater agency and a chance to fully address the profound experience of having placed a child for adoption.

Amaryllis is a collaborative effort between the program founders and On Your Feet Foundation Northern California.  The program is named after the flower that has come to symbolize pride, determination and radiant beauty.  It currently serves women in the San Francisco Bay Area and Contra Costa County.

If you are a licensed therapist and would like more information about Amaryllis, please call 415-513-5010.

If you are a birth/first mother and would like information about counseling, please call 415-513-5010 or email our birth mom service coordinator at

Amaryllis-Trained Clinicians

  • Nina Anderson, San Francisco
  • Judith Bensigner-Hayes, Lafayette
  • Anne Brodzinsky, Oakland (Co-Founder)
  • Mamta Dadlani, Berkeley
  • Teagan Darnell, Lafayette
  • Leslie Foge, Lafayette
  • Lucia Grauman, Oakland
  • Melissa Holub, Berkeley (Co-Founder)
  • Emily Margalitt, Walnut Creek