Support Groups in Monterey County, CA

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Women's Spirituality and Sexuality
The route to sexual pleasure and intimacy is like the route to any other of life's mysteries. It means exploring new emotional landscapes. It means opening your wild, precious, vulnerable self to nature, divine presence, and the profound wisdom of ...
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Hosted by Kamara Therapy Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST, CST-S
Verified Verified
Group meets in Big Sur, CA 93920
The route to sexual pleasure and intimacy is like the route to any other of life's mysteries. It means exploring new emotional landscapes. It means opening your wild, precious, vulnerable self to nature, divine presence, and the profound wisdom of ...
(719) 428-3522 View (719) 428-3522
Living Wisdom: Talks about Mindfulness and the DBT
Mindfulness skills help us to shift out of distracting thoughts of the past and worries about the future so that you can respond to each moment effectively rather than react from the habit of believing everything you think/feel. DBT skills ...
Photo of Jared Phillips, Counselor in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Jared Phillips
Counselor, LPCC, NCC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
Mindfulness skills help us to shift out of distracting thoughts of the past and worries about the future so that you can respond to each moment effectively rather than react from the habit of believing everything you think/feel. DBT skills ...
(831) 609-9083 View (831) 609-9083
Men's Group
A Men's Group with Mark Willison, MFT A uniquely formatted group - over a six-month period: Ten weekly session then, five bi-monthly sessions then, one session per month for 2 months For interest or more information contact: Mark Willison, MFT ...
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Hosted by Mark P Willison
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
A Men's Group with Mark Willison, MFT A uniquely formatted group - over a six-month period: Ten weekly session then, five bi-monthly sessions then, one session per month for 2 months For interest or more information contact: Mark Willison, MFT ...
(831) 204-2784 View (831) 204-2784
Experience Depth Hypnosis
Discover your sources of power and healing in this 90 min experiential group introducing hypnotherapy. Explore the use of trance states as a way to connect with your inner sources of healing and wisdom. To register, email echamberlainmft@gmail.com or visit ...
Photo of Elizabeth Chamberlain, Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Elizabeth Chamberlain
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Carmel By The Sea, CA 93923
Discover your sources of power and healing in this 90 min experiential group introducing hypnotherapy. Explore the use of trance states as a way to connect with your inner sources of healing and wisdom. To register, email echamberlainmft@gmail.com or visit ...
(831) 222-8487 View (831) 222-8487
Art Therapy for Trauma Survivors
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Hosted by Diane Sunseri
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 218-6214 View (831) 218-6214
Young Adults Coping with Chronic Illness
Coping with chronic illness is difficult. In this group, early and middle adults gather to share their experiences, support each other, and learn new coping strategies to maintain the mental strength it takes to live with chronic illness.
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Hosted by Liana Shapiro-Lee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
Coping with chronic illness is difficult. In this group, early and middle adults gather to share their experiences, support each other, and learn new coping strategies to maintain the mental strength it takes to live with chronic illness.
(831) 298-5715 View (831) 298-5715
Addiction Recovery | Eating Disorders
This is an ongoing group of seven clients who have established control over addictive behavior and are now doing the hard work of recovery. These are high-functioning individuals providing support inside and outside of their group.
Photo of Mark F. Schwartz, Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Mark F. Schwartz
Marriage & Family Therapist, Sc, D
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
This is an ongoing group of seven clients who have established control over addictive behavior and are now doing the hard work of recovery. These are high-functioning individuals providing support inside and outside of their group.
(831) 706-4795 View (831) 706-4795
Young Women's Group
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Group~ Group therapy for young women between the ages of 14 and 19.
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Hosted by The Equine Healing Collaborative
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Carmel, CA 93923
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Group~ Group therapy for young women between the ages of 14 and 19.
(831) 750-1526 View (831) 750-1526
Women's Metamorphosis
Women experience the transformational power of self discovery, validation and attention. The group uses expressive arts, SoulCollage©, poetry and prose to reveal the hidden treasures within themselves. In a supportive, caring environment, participants share their vulnerability, courage and authenticity leading ...
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Hosted by Mary Welschmeyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, BSN, MAPsych, RN, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
Women experience the transformational power of self discovery, validation and attention. The group uses expressive arts, SoulCollage©, poetry and prose to reveal the hidden treasures within themselves. In a supportive, caring environment, participants share their vulnerability, courage and authenticity leading ...
(831) 278-4714 View (831) 278-4714
Early Pregnancy Loss Support
From personal experience I know that losing a child early in pregnancy can feel isolating and confusing. I offer a small ongoing support group for those who have miscarried during their first trimester. Topics addressed: What happened?; How can I ...
Photo of Catherine McGovern, Psychologist in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Catherine McGovern
Psychologist, PsyD, RN
Verified Verified
Group meets in Pacific Grove, CA 93950
From personal experience I know that losing a child early in pregnancy can feel isolating and confusing. I offer a small ongoing support group for those who have miscarried during their first trimester. Topics addressed: What happened?; How can I ...
(831) 219-4114 View (831) 219-4114
Midlife/60+ Consultation, Ages 50s -70+
Private Consultation---mysteries, challenges, transformational power of late Midlife, Postmenopause, & later years: 1) Explore the questions stirring in you, 2) Sort out inner confusion, 3) Gain clarity, confidence, & next steps. • Work with my book, MIDLIFE CHECK-IN: Who Am ...
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Hosted by MarthaElin Mountain
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, MA, LMFT, AUTHOR
Verified Verified
Group meets in Carmel, CA 93923
Private Consultation---mysteries, challenges, transformational power of late Midlife, Postmenopause, & later years: 1) Explore the questions stirring in you, 2) Sort out inner confusion, 3) Gain clarity, confidence, & next steps. • Work with my book, MIDLIFE CHECK-IN: Who Am ...
(831) 272-4963 View (831) 272-4963
Mindfulness 101 TBA
DO YOU WISH FOR MORE PEACE AND ACCEPTANCE? HAVE YOU WANTED TO LEARN JUST THE BASICS OF MINDFULNESS. This is a one hour group for 3 weeks. It is an introduction to the many practices of mindfulness. Each week will ...
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Hosted by Meika Hamisch
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Pacific Grove, CA 93950
DO YOU WISH FOR MORE PEACE AND ACCEPTANCE? HAVE YOU WANTED TO LEARN JUST THE BASICS OF MINDFULNESS. This is a one hour group for 3 weeks. It is an introduction to the many practices of mindfulness. Each week will ...
(831) 221-1351 View (831) 221-1351
Connections Family and Behavioral Services
Our mission is to provide top quality evidence based mental health services specializing in individuals with Autism Spectrum, ADHD, developmental and learning disabilities and their families. Our vision is to help individuals experience neurodiversity as a difference, not a deficit, ...
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Hosted by Connections Family and Behavioral Services
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Salinas, CA 93901
Our mission is to provide top quality evidence based mental health services specializing in individuals with Autism Spectrum, ADHD, developmental and learning disabilities and their families. Our vision is to help individuals experience neurodiversity as a difference, not a deficit, ...
(831) 453-0442 View (831) 453-0442
Inner Wisdom for Weight Loss
Stop the insanity of dieting and regaining over and over. End compulsive eating by meeting the needs that drive the behavior. Includes energy medicine tips and techniques.
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Hosted by Mary Sue Abernethy
Marriage & Family Therapist, BS, MA, RD, MFT, NNTS
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
Stop the insanity of dieting and regaining over and over. End compulsive eating by meeting the needs that drive the behavior. Includes energy medicine tips and techniques.
(831) 661-9231 View (831) 661-9231
Equus Coaching Couples Workshop
July 15th, 9am - 4pm. Couples are under stress due to the pressures of work, home life, child rearing, and Covid. Take this opportunity to set aside time for each other, to focus on re- connecting, developing new insight into ...
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Hosted by Alison Hunter Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Salinas, CA 93908
July 15th, 9am - 4pm. Couples are under stress due to the pressures of work, home life, child rearing, and Covid. Take this opportunity to set aside time for each other, to focus on re- connecting, developing new insight into ...
(831) 621-5240 View (831) 621-5240
Couples in Conversation
"Couples in Conversation" at Esalen Institute Big Sur, CA. June 22-24, 2012 see Esalen.org to register
Photo of Sharona Halpern, Counselor in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Sharona Halpern
Counselor, MA, LMHC, ACC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Big Sur, CA 93920
"Couples in Conversation" at Esalen Institute Big Sur, CA. June 22-24, 2012 see Esalen.org to register
(857) 919-1811 View (857) 919-1811
Develop your romantic Intelligence
6 day intensive workshop at Esalen on the Big Sur Coast. February 15-20,2015
Photo of Michael Griffith, Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Michael Griffith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA, MS
Verified Verified
Group meets in Big Sur, CA 93920
6 day intensive workshop at Esalen on the Big Sur Coast. February 15-20,2015
(628) 244-8524 View (628) 244-8524
Nourish and Heal! For Folks Troubled by Overeating
Enrolling now for (2) 10 week groups and an all day workshop. 20 hours total experiential therapy with 6 participants in each group. Clients will learn strategies from ACT, DBT, CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Intuitive Eating, ...
Photo of Diana Elwyn, Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Diana Elwyn
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Aromas, CA 95004
Enrolling now for (2) 10 week groups and an all day workshop. 20 hours total experiential therapy with 6 participants in each group. Clients will learn strategies from ACT, DBT, CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Intuitive Eating, ...
(831) 440-8351 View (831) 440-8351
Addiction Recovery Group
This is a high-functioning group that deals with common recovery coaching issues once a client has established some control over the addictive behavior. Topics include intimacy, friendships, relationships, sexuality, occupation, interpersonal effectiveness, relapse prevention, anger, assertiveness, parenting, and self-cohesion.
Photo of Mark F. Schwartz, Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Mark F. Schwartz
Marriage & Family Therapist, Sc, D
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
This is a high-functioning group that deals with common recovery coaching issues once a client has established some control over the addictive behavior. Topics include intimacy, friendships, relationships, sexuality, occupation, interpersonal effectiveness, relapse prevention, anger, assertiveness, parenting, and self-cohesion.
(831) 706-4795 View (831) 706-4795
Healing Healthcare Workers
After an unpredictable 2020, this group aims to mitigate the magnitude of psychological distress for hospital staff during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, fear of infection, frustration, physical exhaustion, inadequate personal protective ...
Photo of Mary Welschmeyer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Monterey County, CA
Hosted by Mary Welschmeyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, BSN, MAPsych, RN, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Monterey, CA 93940
After an unpredictable 2020, this group aims to mitigate the magnitude of psychological distress for hospital staff during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, fear of infection, frustration, physical exhaustion, inadequate personal protective ...
(831) 278-4714 View (831) 278-4714

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FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in Monterey 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.