Support Groups in Berkeley, CA

Anger Mangement
This twelve week group teaches women to find their strength by expressing their needs in a way that is more likely to be heard. You will learn to feel pride in the way you present in the world. This is ...
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Hosted by Norma Lee Myers
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94709
This twelve week group teaches women to find their strength by expressing their needs in a way that is more likely to be heard. You will learn to feel pride in the way you present in the world. This is ...
(510) 878-4296 View (510) 878-4296
Being With Bodies in Pain
An integrative support group for women and gender expansive folks to process the lived experience of being in a body with pain. Through psychotherapy, art therapy, yoga therapy and other valuable mind/body techniques, participants will learn valuable tools to utilize ...
Photo of Zara Drapkin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Zara Drapkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
An integrative support group for women and gender expansive folks to process the lived experience of being in a body with pain. Through psychotherapy, art therapy, yoga therapy and other valuable mind/body techniques, participants will learn valuable tools to utilize ...
(510) 422-0057 View (510) 422-0057
Postpartum Support Group/ ONLINE
THURSDAYS 11am-12pm. Mothers of young children (0-3 yrs) are welcome to join this weekly group to process, vent, grow, and heal postpartum. 5 members per session/ rolling enrollment/ $50/session.
Photo of Kaci Smith, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Kaci Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94709
THURSDAYS 11am-12pm. Mothers of young children (0-3 yrs) are welcome to join this weekly group to process, vent, grow, and heal postpartum. 5 members per session/ rolling enrollment/ $50/session.
(510) 298-3842 View (510) 298-3842
Nourish Your Mood: Meditation and Eating
Improve your mood with cutting-edge brain science and mindfulness. Have you tried everything for your anxiety and still aren't feeling good? The latest research shows that anxiety and depression are whole-body issues related to inflammation, gut health, and the microbiome. ...
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Hosted by L Rebecca Connell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94704
Improve your mood with cutting-edge brain science and mindfulness. Have you tried everything for your anxiety and still aren't feeling good? The latest research shows that anxiety and depression are whole-body issues related to inflammation, gut health, and the microbiome. ...
(510) 594-8224 View (510) 594-8224
Hold Me Tight Couples Workshop | May 2 & 3, 2020
Are you and your partner stuck repeating the same arguments that leave you feeling frustrated and alone? This couples workshop is for you! Based on Dr. Sue Johnson's (the creator of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) book, Hold Me Tight, this ...
Photo of Heather Lazzaretti, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Heather Lazzaretti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94704
Are you and your partner stuck repeating the same arguments that leave you feeling frustrated and alone? This couples workshop is for you! Based on Dr. Sue Johnson's (the creator of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) book, Hold Me Tight, this ...
(415) 594-4110 View (415) 594-4110
Women's Group
An evening group for women to explore their identity alone and in intimate relationships. This is an new group forming. Susan has facilitated the Parenting After Trauma Support and Guidance Group at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for over 15 ...
Photo of Susan J Murray, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Susan J Murray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94702
An evening group for women to explore their identity alone and in intimate relationships. This is an new group forming. Susan has facilitated the Parenting After Trauma Support and Guidance Group at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for over 15 ...
(510) 662-6463 View (510) 662-6463
Meditation Support Group
This group is for beginning and intermediate meditators to learn and practice meditation in a supportive small group. Many people feel they "can't" meditate, they give up quickly, or continue to try but find it very difficult and unpleasant, often ...
Photo of Heather Hardeman Galvano, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Heather Hardeman Galvano
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
This group is for beginning and intermediate meditators to learn and practice meditation in a supportive small group. Many people feel they "can't" meditate, they give up quickly, or continue to try but find it very difficult and unpleasant, often ...
(210) 248-8068 View (210) 248-8068
Authentic Movement for Men
Authentic Movement for Men
Photo of Joshua Cross, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Joshua Cross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94703
Authentic Movement for Men
(415) 968-5393 View (415) 968-5393
Countertransference and the Self of the Therapist
This is a consultation group for psychotherapists which focuses on enhancing the therapist's understanding of her Countertransference and potential intersecting vulnerabilities with patients to facilitate both personal and professional development. This group meets on the second Friday of the month. ...
Photo of Susan Diamond Moore, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Susan Diamond Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
This is a consultation group for psychotherapists which focuses on enhancing the therapist's understanding of her Countertransference and potential intersecting vulnerabilities with patients to facilitate both personal and professional development. This group meets on the second Friday of the month. ...
(510) 985-4589 View (510) 985-4589
Women's Climate Change Group
A therapeutic group for women who care deeply about climate change and are impacted by ecological grief and anxiety. I weave tools from somatic therapy, art therapy, and eco therapy - such as mindfulness, movement, storytelling, grief ritual, and more- ...
Photo of Joanna Calabrese, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Joanna Calabrese
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94704
A therapeutic group for women who care deeply about climate change and are impacted by ecological grief and anxiety. I weave tools from somatic therapy, art therapy, and eco therapy - such as mindfulness, movement, storytelling, grief ritual, and more- ...
(415) 612-6580 View (415) 612-6580
Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Adolescents (ages 12-17) are good candidates for IOP if they experience frequent, significant mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior that impact functioning in their relationships, school, work, and/or community. IOP offers more severe preventative treatment than ...
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Hosted by Bay Area Clinical Associates - BACA
MD, LMFT, LCSW, MPH, AMFT
Not Verified Not Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
Adolescents (ages 12-17) are good candidates for IOP if they experience frequent, significant mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior that impact functioning in their relationships, school, work, and/or community. IOP offers more severe preventative treatment than ...
(510) 500-9732 View (510) 500-9732
Men's Group - East Bay - In-person - Berkeley
This is an interpersonal psychotherapy process group available to all who identify as men, including trans men. / Men can struggle with many parts of life: emotionally, in relationships, at the workplace, socially. The struggle is all the more difficult ...
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Hosted by David Thanos Heliotis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94703
This is an interpersonal psychotherapy process group available to all who identify as men, including trans men. / Men can struggle with many parts of life: emotionally, in relationships, at the workplace, socially. The struggle is all the more difficult ...
(510) 907-6504 View (510) 907-6504
Parents Group
This group supports parents who are trying to parent differently than they were parented. This includes helping break repetitive patterns of intergenerational trauma, and facilitating a nurturing, loving relationship with your children that is honest and committed to communication rather ...
Photo of Dara Javid, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Dara Javid
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, JD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94708
This group supports parents who are trying to parent differently than they were parented. This includes helping break repetitive patterns of intergenerational trauma, and facilitating a nurturing, loving relationship with your children that is honest and committed to communication rather ...
(510) 984-9640 View (510) 984-9640
Foresight Mental Health
Foresight helps you find your path to mental wellness. We’re a community of mental health experts who offer a dynamic range of care that flexes with your particular needs and goals. Our team includes licensed therapists, psychiatric providers, researchers, a ...
Photo of Bianca Reaves, Licensed Professional Counselor in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Bianca Reaves
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
Foresight helps you find your path to mental wellness. We’re a community of mental health experts who offer a dynamic range of care that flexes with your particular needs and goals. Our team includes licensed therapists, psychiatric providers, researchers, a ...
(480) 418-9843 View (480) 418-9843
Befriending Our Emotions Thru Radical Acceptance
Anxiety, depression group
Photo of Eleanor Lew, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Eleanor Lew
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94709
Anxiety, depression group
(510) 400-7417 View (510) 400-7417
Men's Group
A group for men to connect, share about personal topics and support one another. Topics may include: intimate relationships, expressing emotions, work & career, and examining the ways men are socialized in society, all with the goal of fostering more ...
Photo of Woody Wu, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Woody Wu
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94702
A group for men to connect, share about personal topics and support one another. Topics may include: intimate relationships, expressing emotions, work & career, and examining the ways men are socialized in society, all with the goal of fostering more ...
(510) 674-1523 View (510) 674-1523
Preventing Burn-out: Qigong 4 Health Professionals
Surrounded by those who are suffering, health professionals give not only their skills but also their inner resources, often absorbing others' pain. Over time, many of us feel depleted, and our health and the quality of our lives can be ...
Photo of Ellen Dekker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Ellen Dekker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
Surrounded by those who are suffering, health professionals give not only their skills but also their inner resources, often absorbing others' pain. Over time, many of us feel depleted, and our health and the quality of our lives can be ...
(415) 448-6921 View (415) 448-6921
Women's Metastatic Cancer
Support Group for women with metastatic cancer to share experiences, treatment, journey
Photo of Kim C Venezia, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Kim C Venezia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
Support Group for women with metastatic cancer to share experiences, treatment, journey
(510) 497-0499 View (510) 497-0499
Black Women in the Boardroom
A safe therapeutic support group for professional black women that are navigating workplace isolation and/or experiencing Pet to Threat. The goal of this group is to rebalance professional energy, thinking and self-care. $30 Per Session that refreshes in attendees ...
Photo of Carrie Ann Gray, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Carrie Ann Gray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94703
A safe therapeutic support group for professional black women that are navigating workplace isolation and/or experiencing Pet to Threat. The goal of this group is to rebalance professional energy, thinking and self-care. $30 Per Session that refreshes in attendees ...
(510) 925-1708 View (510) 925-1708
Men's Group (2) - Thursdays (Berkeley)
For those who learn by doing, you will get immense value and satisfaction from an Interpersonal Psychotherapy Process Group. You will learn about your relationship patterns and change the ones that don't work, all while offering both support and challenge, ...
Photo of Berne Fitzpatrick, Psychologist in Berkeley, CA
Hosted by Berne Fitzpatrick
Psychologist, PhD, CGP
Verified Verified
Group meets in Berkeley, CA 94705
For those who learn by doing, you will get immense value and satisfaction from an Interpersonal Psychotherapy Process Group. You will learn about your relationship patterns and change the ones that don't work, all while offering both support and challenge, ...
(415) 236-5578 View (415) 236-5578


FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in Berkeley?

Search for nearby support groups by inputting your city, zip code, or the name of the group into the search bar. From there, you can filter to find a group that suits your needs, whether you are looking for support for a teenager, a group that focuses on a specific issue, such as depression, or a particular program type, such as one geared toward developing social skills. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

How does group therapy work?

Therapy groups are led by one or more therapists and serve to help people process their experiences and learn from others who understand their challenges firsthand. They can be based on a specific issue, such as addiction, grief, physical illnesses, parenting, and caregiving. They can involve a specific type of program or therapy, such as a social skills group or CBT group. They can also be specific to a particular population or community, such as teens or LGBTQ.

Support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, also focus on a specific issue, but are typically led by members with lived experiences and are less structured than therapy groups. Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.

What are the benefits of group therapy?

Support groups help connect people with shared challenges or physical and mental health conditions. In a group setting, participants can receive support and feedback from peers and can acquire new skills, strategies and perspectives by listening to one another. Discussing your experience with someone who also has a cancer diagnosis, or whose son also struggles with addiction, for example, can help you feel less alone, reduce distress, find empathy and connection, and learn practical or medical information that has helped others. Group therapy can also be a more affordable option than individual therapy and just as effective.

Is group therapy as effective as individual therapy?

Support groups can be deeply valuable for both emotional support and/or treatment outcomes. It’s difficult to make a blanket statement on efficacy due to the many different types of support groups and conditions treated, but group therapy has been found to be just as effective as individual therapy in establishing long-term abstinence for conditions such as substance abuse, addiction and alcohol abuse.

How much does group therapy cost?

Group counseling is typically less expensive than individual counseling, with each session costing on average between $60 to $75. Meanwhile, individual therapy sessions can run anywhere from $100 to $200 and up, even after insurance. It is possible to find low-cost group therapy options and many therapists offer group sessions free of charge.

Does insurance cover group therapy?

As with individual therapy, many insurance companies do offer coverage for group therapy sessions. However, the coverage varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider. Individuals are encouraged to check with their insurance providers to verify coverage.

How long does group therapy last?

The length of a support group session is often one hour but can fall anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours. The amount of time that people remain in a support group varies based on their specific needs and goals and the type of therapy. Some individuals may seek a shorter-term group, such as a bereavement group, that may last between six and 20 weeks. Some may seek a longer-term group that lasts for a year or indefinitely.

What are the limitations of support groups?

Support groups have many benefits, but there are a few limitations as well. Support groups do not constitute formal therapeutic or medical treatment, and are not run by licensed mental health professionals, so some people may opt for group therapy or individual therapy instead. Additionally, support groups can depend on the other participants, so a disruptive individual has the potential to mar the group dynamic, and the anecdotal information shared may sometimes be unhelpful or inaccurate. Because it is a group setting, confidentiality can be more difficult to guard and participants receive less personalized attention than they would in an individual therapy session.