Support Groups in Kern County, CA

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MasterMinds: Teen Executive Functioning Bootcamp
MasterMinds is a Teen Executive Functioning Training Program. Over six transformative weeks, our small group program will empower your teen with the tools to excel at organization, task initiation, perseverance, and self-reflection. Designed for teens, MasterMinds uses evidence-based strategies in ...
Photo of Bethany Zoeller, Psychologist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Bethany Zoeller
Psychologist, MA, LEP, PPS
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93308
MasterMinds is a Teen Executive Functioning Training Program. Over six transformative weeks, our small group program will empower your teen with the tools to excel at organization, task initiation, perseverance, and self-reflection. Designed for teens, MasterMinds uses evidence-based strategies in ...
(661) 215-8760 View (661) 215-8760
Infertility Support for Couples
Photo of Dr. Karen Stark-Garrett, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Dr. Karen Stark-Garrett
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 424-2738 View (661) 424-2738
Hello Moms a post partum therapy group
This group will help all moms adjust to that "fourth trimester" after your baby is born. We will have tools to help you take care of yourself and learn from each other. Contact me to find out when the group ...
Photo of Janelle Goh, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Janelle Goh, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
This group will help all moms adjust to that "fourth trimester" after your baby is born. We will have tools to help you take care of yourself and learn from each other. Contact me to find out when the group ...
(661) 735-1251 View (661) 735-1251
Coming soon
Groups coming fall 2021
Photo of Vicki Underwood, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Vicki Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCM
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
Groups coming fall 2021
(661) 215-6319 View (661) 215-6319
MindfulYou Psychotherapy
Welcome to Mindful You Psychotherapy! We are a group of like-minded psychotherapists who's sole purpose is to help individuals, children, couples and families along their journey towards healing. Call us to set up an appointment!
Photo of Yessica Avancena, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Yessica Avancena
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MBA, CMT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
Welcome to Mindful You Psychotherapy! We are a group of like-minded psychotherapists who's sole purpose is to help individuals, children, couples and families along their journey towards healing. Call us to set up an appointment!
(661) 218-1760 View (661) 218-1760
Anger Management
The Anger Management group provides court approved Anger Management Classes that last for 12 weeks to court mandated and other individuals who need this group.
Photo of Niesha Davis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Niesha Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CAMS-II
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
The Anger Management group provides court approved Anger Management Classes that last for 12 weeks to court mandated and other individuals who need this group.
(661) 490-9225 View (661) 490-9225
Postpartum Support Group
Each week you will enjoy a judgment-free space that offers support and resources intended to help you embody your highest self during your postpartum journey. This ten-week group is led by a clinical social worker with lived experience of postpartum ...
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Hosted by Andrea Herskowitz
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
Each week you will enjoy a judgment-free space that offers support and resources intended to help you embody your highest self during your postpartum journey. This ten-week group is led by a clinical social worker with lived experience of postpartum ...
(661) 215-8236 View (661) 215-8236
What's Your Story - "New You" Moving Forward
Rewriting the stories you have aligned with that are negatively affecting your views of yourself, others, and the world in which you live. This Group is created to help people who are dealing with life challenges including but not limited ...
Photo of Shannon Kaye Fanucchi, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Shannon Kaye Fanucchi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SH, CHT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
Rewriting the stories you have aligned with that are negatively affecting your views of yourself, others, and the world in which you live. This Group is created to help people who are dealing with life challenges including but not limited ...
(661) 410-7769 View (661) 410-7769
Teen Social Anxiety Disorder Group
Sometimes it's more than just shyness or anxiety. It's S.A.D. This is a group for teens ages 13-17 to explore anxiety surrounding social issues and learning how to overcome fears that keep them isolated from friendships and fun.
Photo of Glenda G. Love, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Glenda G. Love
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW, PhD, in, Progres
Verified Verified
Group meets in Tehachapi, CA 93561
Sometimes it's more than just shyness or anxiety. It's S.A.D. This is a group for teens ages 13-17 to explore anxiety surrounding social issues and learning how to overcome fears that keep them isolated from friendships and fun.
(661) 689-4098 View (661) 689-4098
Couples Retreat-Intensive
Our retreats are popular with couples seeking a fun and informative way to learn and grow together or to revitalize their relationship. Call for more details! 3-Day Retreat Price $549, *Lunch for two included on Saturday. Issues discussed include: Recognize ...
Photo of Dr. Jeffrey W Cheney, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Dr. Jeffrey W Cheney
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Tehachapi, CA 93561
Our retreats are popular with couples seeking a fun and informative way to learn and grow together or to revitalize their relationship. Call for more details! 3-Day Retreat Price $549, *Lunch for two included on Saturday. Issues discussed include: Recognize ...
(661) 731-3925 View (661) 731-3925
Think Good Feel Good-
Changing your negative thoughts into positive thoughts to promote healthier living. This is an open group that you can stop and participate in. This group runs Saturdays at 10:00am, please call to reserve your spot.
Photo of Mesha Muwanga, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Mesha Muwanga
Marriage & Family Therapist, LFMT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
Changing your negative thoughts into positive thoughts to promote healthier living. This is an open group that you can stop and participate in. This group runs Saturdays at 10:00am, please call to reserve your spot.
(661) 218-1635 View (661) 218-1635
Brilliant Minds Children's Psychology Services
Photo of Cassandra Rivera, Psychologist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Cassandra Rivera
Psychologist, MS, PPS, LEP4344
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93312
(661) 384-6802 View (661) 384-6802
Pure Love (Codependency)
Pure Love is a group for women who struggle in relationships.
Photo of CeCe Rubalcava, Pastoral Counselor in Kern County, CA
Hosted by CeCe Rubalcava
Pastoral Counselor, ThD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
Pure Love is a group for women who struggle in relationships.
(661) 443-5367 View (661) 443-5367
Trauma Conscious Yoga and Meditation
Traumatic memories are held in the body. When a trigger occurs, people experience the affect in their bodies in the form of racing heart, shallow breathing, clouded thinking, sweating, etc. Therefore when we consider healing from trauma, it only makes ...
Photo of Courtney Samari Rayne, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Courtney Samari Rayne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
Traumatic memories are held in the body. When a trigger occurs, people experience the affect in their bodies in the form of racing heart, shallow breathing, clouded thinking, sweating, etc. Therefore when we consider healing from trauma, it only makes ...
(661) 367-8493 View (661) 367-8493
Bold Love
One in four females in the U.S. will suffer the staggering effects of sexual abuse before they reach the age of eighteen; a majority of which will be at the hands of someone they know and trust. KCM wants you ...
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Hosted by Kingdom Community Ministries
Pastoral Counselor, DMin
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
One in four females in the U.S. will suffer the staggering effects of sexual abuse before they reach the age of eighteen; a majority of which will be at the hands of someone they know and trust. KCM wants you ...
(661) 441-3263 View (661) 441-3263
Bynum Licensed Clinical Social Work INC.
Photo of Krissy Bynum, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Krissy Bynum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 215-8728 View (661) 215-8728
Cooperative Parenting & Divorce - 4-6 hours
I offer a co-parenting class for separated or divorced parents, or parents who are in co-parenting situations (e.g. mother and grandparents). The 4-6 hour class is currently offered online and the cost is $125. Classes are approved by the Kern ...
Photo of Charree Kashwer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Charree Kashwer
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
I offer a co-parenting class for separated or divorced parents, or parents who are in co-parenting situations (e.g. mother and grandparents). The 4-6 hour class is currently offered online and the cost is $125. Classes are approved by the Kern ...
(661) 426-8354 View (661) 426-8354
Whole Person Platicas: Interpersonal Process Group
Welcome! So excited to co-create a non-pathologizing, affirming, and empowering space in this upcoming group. This weekly process group is for anyone 18+ . In this collective experience, we'll examine relational traumas while improving our relationships, better understand emotional experiences, ...
Photo of Carmen Lorenzo Baker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Carmen Lorenzo Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
Welcome! So excited to co-create a non-pathologizing, affirming, and empowering space in this upcoming group. This weekly process group is for anyone 18+ . In this collective experience, we'll examine relational traumas while improving our relationships, better understand emotional experiences, ...
(661) 218-1491 View (661) 218-1491
7 Principles for Making Marriage Work (Gottman)
Photo of Dr. Karen Stark-Garrett, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Dr. Karen Stark-Garrett
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 424-2738 View (661) 424-2738
Active Parenting - 12 hour class
A court approved, online parenting course that you can complete at your convenience. The fee is $205 and includes a therapist consult after completion. Please contact my associate clinician, Kendall Wood, for more information or to register…661-858-6348.
Photo of Charree Kashwer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kern County, CA
Hosted by Charree Kashwer
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bakersfield, CA 93309
A court approved, online parenting course that you can complete at your convenience. The fee is $205 and includes a therapist consult after completion. Please contact my associate clinician, Kendall Wood, for more information or to register…661-858-6348.
(661) 426-8354 View (661) 426-8354

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FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in Kern County?

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.