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Afghan Diaspora Women’s Group

A virtual group for first- and second-generation Afghans in diaspora seeking community and healing.

Find harmony in your identities, overcome the impostor syndrome that comes from being an immigrant/child of immigrants, and create the sisterhood you’ve been seeking.

The Afghan Diaspora Women’s Group is offered as private weekly gatherings for 3 months at a time. No more than 10 people are enrolled at a time.

This virtual group is for first- and second-generation Afghan-American immigrants seeking community and healing. The goal is to find harmony in the fullness of your identities, overcome the impostor syndrome that comes from being an immigrant/child of immigrants and create the sisterhood you’ve been seeking.

OUR CURRENT COHORT IS NOW FULL. Sign up to be notified when enrollment re-opens.

July 30 - October 1, 2022

We meet virtually on Saturdays from 11am to 12:30pm PST. Ten sessions. Eight spots available.

Investment is $1297

Payment plans are available.
Meeting link and instructions will be sent upon registration.

Become a member of the Afghan Diaspora Women’s Group

September 5 to November 28, 2023

We meet virtually on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 7:15pm PST. Thirteen sessions. Ten spots available.

Investment is $1200.

Payment plans are available.
Meeting link and instructions will be sent upon registration.

Payment Options:

1 payment of $1,200;

3 payments of $400,

or 6 payments of $200.

First payment is due upon sign up to hold your spot. 

Sara Roshana Stanizai

Meet Sara Stanizai, LMFT—therapist, practice owner, and group facilitator.

My family are refugees from Afghanistan. I was born in Los Angeles.

There was a long time in my life when I kept my heritage a secret.
I bought in to the messages I got from mainstream American culture about who me and my family were. I felt very disconnected from my roots.

Time spent with my extended family made me feel invisible. I thought I had to separate myself from my culture in order to survive.

It wasn’t until I started shedding all my other secrets – about my sexuality, my trauma recovery, and my past experiences – that I began the journey of healing my fragmented identity. I started to learn to balance my identities with ease.

Through the benefit of community, family, and lots of my own therapy, I learned that I can integrate all the parts of myself, stop hiding, and embody who I was born to be.

Reclaiming what you’ve kept hidden is the key to healing, and what I have shared with hundreds of other first- and second-generation immigrants who have been my clients over the years.

I’m proud to have created a space for my own people.

This space is for you if you are an Afghan-American woman and you:

Interested? Let’s get started.

What happens when I sign up?

  1. We’ll schedule a brief consultation to decide if this group is ready to support you. If so, you’ll complete a registration form to schedule the call. First payment is due upon sign up to hold your spot. 
  2. You’ll receive a link + instructions for our first group meeting.

What happens when I sign up?

  1. We’ll schedule a brief consultation to decide if this group is ready to support you. If so, you’ll complete a registration form and submit a deposit of $200.
  2. You’ll receive a link + instructions for our first group meeting.
  3. You receive access to my schedule to book your 1:1 session with me (included in registration price). The 1:1 session is available to you at any time for the duration of group and up to 30 days after group ends.

What past group members are saying…

“I think I am slowly opening up my butterfly chrysalis. This group was an integral part of achieving that progress. I found a community of women who cared about me and just wanted me to show up as I was. I felt safe. Usually I’m trying to help others feel safe but in this group, my sisters were trying to help me feel that."

"I’ve seen your content for about over year and always loved watching your videos and hearing the amazing things you had to say. I felt so empowered. I wanted to do this for so long but always thought of reasons why I couldn’t. Taking the step was huge for me 💜 "

“I am so happy I did and that I know you now. I wish I could hug you and I can’t wait to see you in person inshallah one day. I’ve never truly been open with my sexuality, trauma, pain because I felt no one wanted to hear it which is usually true. It’s different to be in a group where I am heard and listened to. It’s hard to put into words but I have so much love for you and our sisters 🫶🏽"

"Sara is a blue/green haired, tattooed, bisexual Afghan-American woman--AND SO AM I! lol, so I figured if I join group, I’ll continue to meet more Afghan women who I’d enjoy being friends with."

“I learned that there are so many other Afghan women out here just trying to figure things out & our journeys are all unique but we can still relate to one another.”

“Do it. You won’t regret it. Even if you are scared. It will change your life.”

“My heart is full. I feel less lonely. I feel like weight has lifted off my shoulders.”

“I would tell other Afghan women to give it a chance. Don’t be afraid to be your authentic self.”

“Whatever you are experiencing, there is nothing wrong with you if you can’t “fix” it on your own. There is something about a group that creates a container that can hold your burdens and show you are are not toxic or damaged. As long as you are willing to show up authentically, there are others who will meet you there.”

“Above all else, I feel heard in a way that I’ve never felt before— which is more powerful than words can describe.”

“It's a safe place and trust the others around you. You get out what you put in. Take a chance to be vulnerable and you'll be surprised in the ways others lean in to support you.”

“I feel more seen and at ease with some of the challenges I navigated before starting this group. The consistency and hearing other peoples experiences is a powerful way to embrace others and myself. I feel like the group and sense of connection and support is really helpful.”

“My experience with Afghan women (growing up with toxic family members) made me scared of my culture and identity. This group has softened some of those edges.”

“This group has helped me to feel seen and heard, and I appreciate being in a space where we can all bear witness to one another.”

“Group feels like a sleepover with your close girlfriends. If thats your vibe, you’ll love it <3”

“I’m broke as a joke but this is one of those things that for me is a no brainer! I want to meet more amazing Afghan women and be part of their journey too! I think we all need to support each other bc no one else will. No one else can understand our pain the way we can.”

“I’d want to give them a hug and say this is a beautiful place that will help you I’m ways you may not even know you needed.”

“I learned that it’s okay to not always know and have conflicting feelings. Don’t be afraid to take space. There’s more than the Chanel and Instagram showing off. Real women who have AMAZING things to say.”

“I don’t feel alone in my experiences and it’s nice to know there’s a group of like minded Afghans.”

“The more I join group, the more I become open minded to the reality that there are more Afghan people out there like me. My guard comes down, and I feel more prepared to enter the world as myself since group allows me to practice just BEING (since I rarely need to explain Afghan nuances, the most exhausting experience ever.)"

“I wanted to try something new, even though I was hesitant to be around Afghan women. I wanted to feel a sense of belonging.”

“I came into the experience expecting that I would encounter old patterns of judgement and isolation but I was immediately shown that there were women who were open, authentic, and will to listen.”

“I've finally found not only a group of women I feel I can relate to on multiple levels, but also finding a therapist who understands the cultural nuances I grew up in.”

“I wasn’t sure if group was right for me, or perhaps that hearing about the struggles of other Afghan women might be overwhelming (especially in addition to my own problems). In reality, none of that was true and I’m so glad with my decision, as I’m sure any Afghan woman would be!”

“I feel calmer, I feel more heard, I feel in solidarity with my Afghan sisters, I feel a sense of community, and I feel so grateful for my life.”

“If it feels daunting, just trust your gut and go for it.”

“You wouldn't believe in how many ways, being a part of a group that is specifically dedicated to one aspect of your identity- wow it makes such a difference. I honestly cannot believe I only had white therapists until now. There was just too much extra shit to explain (that they didn't fully understand anyway), and not enough time on the meat of the things I wanted to discuss.”

“I really appreciate being in a space with other people who have this common experience of being Afghan American because that seems to be the one thing that is missing for me in all my other relationships.”

“I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a safe space to be themselves and grow.”

“You will thank yourself later and be proud of the work you put into this. To hear someone else in the group describe a life experience that resonates with you so deeply and which you thought for so long no one else would understand is such a deeply refreshing and calming experience. And you deserve to have that experience, too.”

As children of Afghan immigrants, we haven’t had many examples of leaders who look like us.

Why not become the ones we’ve been looking for?

I literally cry tears of joy every time I meet more of us and see our faces in one place. Help co-create this community by getting in touch with me below.