Next Steps for Women
  • is a process, place and philosophy – born out of the necessity for gender specific, long-term support for women who seek inspiration, connection and esteem through creative resources.
  • is for women of any age who are engaged in recovery and sobriety – new and long-term; who are struggling with addiction; who are interested in an alternative, nourishing place to heal, restore, change and grow.
  • is an accessible private studio – outside of an agency or treatment program.  It offers a woman the space and freedom to creatively explore her relationship with food, alcohol, prescription and/or other drugs.
  • courses are designed for small groups, known as Women’s Circleswhere the expressive arts tools of creative writing, drawing, and movement activities inform and support the curriculum.

Each Women’s Circle meets once a week.
Clients are welcome to participate in more than one Women’s Circle per week.
Women’s Circles are available for young women.

All Next Steps For Women programs compliment life, psychotherapy and twelve-step programs. No art or movement experience is necessary – just a desire for expression, growth and change.

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."

– Carl Jung

Recovery is a process rather than an end state, with the goal being an ongoing quest for a better life.

Where Women Support Women


Next Steps for Women
wellness | recovery | expressive arts

Meet with me in my private Burlingame, CA office.

I Make SF Bay Area
House Calls

Skype, FaceTime, Telephone, Online





Now offering Telehealth and House Calls!

Upcoming Women's Circles

Contact Shelley about Women's Circles that interest you. Classes can be arranged on a personalized schedule.

Descriptions of Women's Circles

Contact Shelley by calling
650-207-4383 or by email.



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Find events through the month at

She Recovers Miami
May 1-3, 2020
Part celebration, part reunion and an important first foray into the land of sober sisterhood offers the opportunity to celebrate your wellness efforts and successes and pick up tools and ideas to aid in your recoovery journey. Register online:

Rock Sober Fest Weekend – San Geronimo Valley Community Center
SATURDAY, SUNDAY September 15 – 16
A special opportunity to celebrate life surrounded by a community of substance-free music fans.

October, November, December

WATCH FOR A POP UP CIRCLE HYBRID in the coming months! Email ASAP if you are interested in expressing yourself simply and creatively in nurturing surroundings.


Women For Sobriety (WFS)
75 Minutes MONDAYS 12:30 – 1:45 pm at Redwood Shores Branch Library

SHERECOVERS® Sharing Circle Bay Area
First Saturdays of the month 90 minutes 1:30-3:00pm Peninsula Art Museum 1777 California Drive Burlingame, CA 94010 Sharing Circle meets in the Museum Library