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Support Groups – Connect with Others

The IPA is here for you! A big part of our mission is to be able to provide help to individuals suffering from paruresis at any point in his or her journey. Support groups are an important tool to do just that. No support group near you? Just fill out our Contact the IPA page and we’ll connect you with one of our virtual groups – and perhaps encourage you to start your own group with our assistance!

We currently have an extensive list of international IPA support groups, each facilitated by someone with a personal understanding of Paruresis.  IPA support groups maintain contact with participants in a variety of ways and typically meet monthly for practice sessions and to share stories and experiences.  If you see a support group on the list that you are interested in, please contact the leader at the indicated address for additional information. Leaders are volunteers, so we apologize if you don’t get a timely response. Again, feel free to reach out to the IPA Office for assistance on our Contact the IPA page.

Thinking that a one-on-one interaction might be a good start? Our experienced, volunteer team can provide coaching on a no-cost, but limited basis – contact us to check availability. Interested in professional support? See our Shy Bladder Center page for licensed therapists with a specialty in Paruresis.

If you are interested in a support opportunity specifically for women, please use the following link: https://paruresis.org/womens-resources/.

For those looking for support in the United Kingdom area, please note that the United Kingdom Paruresis Trust (UKPT) is an independent organization which shares the common mission with the IPA to increase awareness of Paruresis and support for those struggling with it throughout the world. The UKPT can be contacted at andrew@ukpt.org.uk.

List of Support Groups

*Support Group Leader (SGL) – has attended one of Dr. Steven Soifer’s weekend workshops.

*Contact Person – (CP) – has not attended any of Dr. Soifer’s workshops but has IPA’s approval to organize and run support group.

AUSTRALIANew South WalesNewcastle(SGL)Derekmeade.derek@yahoo.com.au
CANADABritish ColumbiaVancouver(SGL)Alexvanbcipa@gmail.com
GUATEMALAGuatemalaGuatemala City(SGL)Alejandroipaguatemala@gmail.com
ISRAEL---(CP)Coordinator needed.Please use the Contact the IPA form.
MEXICONuevo LeónMonterrey(CP)Oscaripamexico.info@gmail.com
REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORESingaporeSingapore(CP)Rajanipasingapore1@gmail.com
United StatesARIZONAPrescott(SGL)Houstonhoustonsp@cableone.net
United StatesCALIFORNIALong Beach(SGL)Tonytonygilbert310@gmail.com
United StatesCALIFORNIALos Angeles/Orange County(SGL)Jerry Zwickjerlesz@verizon.net
United StatesCALIFORNIALos Angeles/West LA(SGL)Benjamin or Stevenbjanusek00@gmail.com
United StatesCALIFORNIASalinas/Monterey(SGL)Markipamonterey@gmail.com
United StatesCALIFORNIASan Diego(CP)MichaelSanDiegoIPAgroup@gmail.com
United StatesCALIFORNIASan Fernando Valley(SGL)Paulthought_addict@yahoo.com
United StatesCALIFORNIASan Francisco(SGL)Danfreeofpeeshy@gmail.com
United StatesCOLORADOColorado Springs(CP)Tylercoloradospringsipagroup@gmail.com
United StatesCOLORADOFort Collins(SGL)Nickipafortcollins@gmail.com
United StatesFLORIDAMiami area(SGL)Montyipasupportsfl@gmail.com
United StatesFLORIDATampa Bay Area(SGL)Briantampabayipa@gmail.com
United StatesFLORIDARest of state(CP)Joejmor25@aol.com
United StatesGEORGIAAtlanta(SGL)Coordinator NeededPlease use the Contact the IPA form.
United StatesHAWAIIHonolulu(SGL)KitSmithKit@aol.com
United StatesIDAHOAll(SGL)Chrisidahoipa@gmail.com
United StatesKANSASOverland Park(SGL)BrianIPAinKC@gmail.com
United StatesMARYLANDBaltimore(SGL)Billipabaltsg@yahoo.com
United StatesMASSACHUSETTSAll(CP)Coordinator NeededPlease use the Contact the IPA form.
United StatesMICHIGANDetroit(SGL)PatrickDetroit_ap_group@ameritech.net
United StatesMISSOURIKansas City(SGL)BrianIPAinKC@gmail.com
United StatesNEVADALas Vegas(CP)StanleyBuddyE98@gmail.com
United StatesNEW JERSEYWoodbridge(SGL)Glennipanewjersey@gmail.com
United StatesNEW YORKAlbany(SGL)A.J.ipaalbany@gmail.com
United StatesNEW YORKLong Island(SGL)Richlongisland@support.paruresis.org
United StatesNEW YORKRochester(SGL)Scottscott.gabel@me.com
United StatesNORTH CAROLINAWinston-Salem(SGL)Rogershybladder123@gmail.com
United StatesOHIOCleveland(SGL)DavidclevelandAP@sbcglobal.net
United StatesOREGONPortland(SGL)Dougipaportland@gmail.com
United StatesPENNSYLVANIAPhiladelphia(SGL)Jamesipaphilly@yahoo.com
United StatesPENNSYLVANIAYork(CP)Davidyorkpagroup@gmail.com
United StatesRHODE ISLANDAll(CP)Coordinator NeededPlease use the Contact the IPA form.
United StatesTEXASDallas(SGL)Johndallasipa@gmail.com
United StatesTEXASHouston(SGL)Christallman1000@hotmail.com
United StatesWASHINGTONSeattle(SGL)Davidipaseattle@outlook.com
United StatesWASHINGTONTacoma(SGL)Daveipaseattletacoma@gmail.com
United StatesWISCONSINMilwaukee(SGL)Daviddavidk@support.paruresis.org
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