Arroyo Grande

MONTHLY - 2nd Tuesdays - 6pm - 8pm

via Zoom during the pandemic

contacts: Carl Deriso & Sarah Kirwin


MONTHLY - 3rd Fridays - 12pm - 1:30pm

Goleta Valley Community Ctr, 5679 Hollister Ave, 93117

contact: Mike Jack

Thousand Oaks

MONTHLY - 2nd Thursdays - 1pm - 3pm

Goebel Adult Community Ctr, 1385 E Janss Rd

contact: Darlene Feigen -


MONTHLY - 3rd Fridays - 11:30am - 1pm

Denny's Restaurant, 4095 Telegraph Rd. (via teleconf during pandemic)

contacts: Donna Nowland (Co-Leader)

You are invited to a special MS Group meeting where Norine Vanderhooven (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, see her bio below) will discuss simple techniques for you to use Mindfulness on a daily basis to help in combating the challenges of MS.  
  • When: Saturday 10/28 at 11:30AM-1:00 PM
  • Where: Cody’s Restaurant - 4898 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara (in Turnpike shopping center)
  • Lunch: Good Food, Reasonable Prices, No Minimum, Order on arrival what you want 
  • To ensure seating: Please RSVP NLT Wednesday 10/25 (no penalty for being early)
Topic: MS and Mindfulness to be Presented by Norine Vanderhooven
MS often impacts Cognitive, Emotional and Sensory regions of the brain. It may impact memory, cause anxiety and depression and initiate pain making it difficult to function well.  Application of mindfulness and mindful meditation has been shown as a technique with many benefits including reduction of anxiety, depression, and pain.  
Norine’s Bio
Norine VanderHooven is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the mental health field for over 30 years. She graduated from USC with her Masters in Social Work. She is currently in private practice full time at Engage in Westlake Village. Norine specializes in trauma, crisis, depression,  and anxiety. Norine is trained in EMDR, and is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults using EMDR. She is She is on the strategic and social media team of American Association of Suicidology and often presents on suicide prevention and risk assessment. Norine works with individuals, couples, and families. She feels privileged to be able to help people on their journey in discovering their authentic self and working through any challenges they might be experiencing. In her spare time, Norine loves spending time with her family and their dog, as well as getting to San Diego whenever possible.  Recently, Norine has been providing therapy for survivors of the Las Vegas shooting