Host: Kal Zeryihun - Telehealth Therapy, LCSW
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94610
"CreateWellness provides telehealth/online therapy for chronic stress, depression, trauma, PTSD, grief and many other mental health conditions and emotional pain. In addition to traditional talk therapy, CreateWellness offers integrative mental health care, a holistic approach to well-being that addresses nutrition ..."
(562) 317-7042
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Oakland, CA 94610
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"CreateWellness provides telehealth/online therapy for chronic stress, depression, trauma, PTSD, grief and many other mental health conditions and emotional pain. In addition to traditional talk therapy, CreateWellness offers integrative mental health care, a holistic approach to well-being that addresses nutrition ..."
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Host: Eric J Young, AMFT, APCC
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
"A group for anyone who experiences a chronic illness condition or chronic pain condition, to come together with others to be supported around these conditions "
(628) 203-0512
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Oakland, CA 94609
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"A group for anyone who experiences a chronic illness condition or chronic pain condition, to come together with others to be supported around these conditions "
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Host: Mr. Erik Vincent Kahn, MA
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
"Are you a dad, step-dad, supportive adult, or soon-to-be dad? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the responsibilities? The Dad group is an ongoing group of male-identified individuals interested in talking about fatherhood and the roles we play as ..."
(510) 916-2529
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Oakland, CA 94609
"Are you a dad, step-dad, supportive adult, or soon-to-be dad? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the responsibilities? The Dad group is an ongoing group of male-identified individuals interested in talking about fatherhood and the roles we play as ..."
Host: Ms. Lauren Hoernig, MA
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94602
"This group offers a place to connect and explore issues relating to living in this world as a woman, and will incorporate somatic, expressive arts, and strengths-based practices. Any female-identifying person may join. Because this group meets in person, membership ..."
(510) 867-3496
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Oakland, CA 94602
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"This group offers a place to connect and explore issues relating to living in this world as a woman, and will incorporate somatic, expressive arts, and strengths-based practices. Any female-identifying person may join. Because this group meets in person, membership ..."
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Host: Dr. Sharon Stafanson, PsyD, RYT 200
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 822-8809
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94618
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Host: Jessica Mendoza, LMFT
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94612
"Foresight is a mental health and wellness clinic providing patients with a wide range of treatment and services related to improving mental health and lifestyle. We are a team of psychiatrists, therapists, software engineers, bioengineers, and researchers with a mission ..."
(510) 288-6498
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94612
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"Foresight is a mental health and wellness clinic providing patients with a wide range of treatment and services related to improving mental health and lifestyle. We are a team of psychiatrists, therapists, software engineers, bioengineers, and researchers with a mission ..."
Photo of Nick Wightman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Nick Wightman, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
"This group is an opportunity for men to cultivate more fulfilling relationships with themselves, loved ones, and other men. Through self-exploration and receiving the support of others, participants have the opportunity to find a deeper strength within. This strength can ..."
(510) 403-8480
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Oakland, CA 94611
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"This group is an opportunity for men to cultivate more fulfilling relationships with themselves, loved ones, and other men. Through self-exploration and receiving the support of others, participants have the opportunity to find a deeper strength within. This strength can ..."
Photo of Leticia Vaca, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Leticia Vaca, LCSW
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94601
"Designed for adults struggling to cope with an illness, injury or pain. Medical problems, new or ongoing, can flip your world upside down. Get support around addressing the emotional impact of living with pain/illness like anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship ..."
(510) 564-7817
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Oakland, CA 94601
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"Designed for adults struggling to cope with an illness, injury or pain. Medical problems, new or ongoing, can flip your world upside down. Get support around addressing the emotional impact of living with pain/illness like anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship ..."
Photo of Veronica Vasconcelos, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Veronica Vasconcelos, LMFT
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94610
"Foresight is a mental health and wellness clinic providing patients with a wide range of treatment and services related to improving mental health and lifestyle. We are a team of psychiatrists, therapists, software engineers, bioengineers, and researchers with a mission ..."
(510) 318-3861
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Oakland, CA 94610
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"Foresight is a mental health and wellness clinic providing patients with a wide range of treatment and services related to improving mental health and lifestyle. We are a team of psychiatrists, therapists, software engineers, bioengineers, and researchers with a mission ..."
Photo of Kasey Varga, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Ms. Kasey Varga, MFT, MA
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94610
"Learn to set firm and warm limits, parent playfully, and help your child offload difficult feelings, utilizing the wisdom of "Parenting by Connection" an approach that focuses on connection rather than control. This group will also offer you an opportunity ..."
(628) 227-5522
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Oakland, CA 94610
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"Learn to set firm and warm limits, parent playfully, and help your child offload difficult feelings, utilizing the wisdom of "Parenting by Connection" an approach that focuses on connection rather than control. This group will also offer you an opportunity ..."
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Host: Jenafir House, LCSW
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 369-0373
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
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Host: Mrs. Michelle Nicholas, LCSW, CHT, C-ASWCM
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
"This is an open support group which meet for 12 weeks. Group addresses the challenges of work/school, interpersonal relationships, mood stability, as well as helping you find something to be passionate about. The focus will be on helping you struggle ..."
(510) 343-7757
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Oakland, CA 94609
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"This is an open support group which meet for 12 weeks. Group addresses the challenges of work/school, interpersonal relationships, mood stability, as well as helping you find something to be passionate about. The focus will be on helping you struggle ..."
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Host: Ms. Caroline Lewis, MFT
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94602
"Online 6 week group "Energy Medicine for Caretakers" from March 10th-April 21st. In this group I will be teaching coping skills, energy medicine, intuition skills, and communication tools to people who often find themselves in care-taking roles and codependent relationships. ..."
(510) 306-7286
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Oakland, CA 94602
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"Online 6 week group "Energy Medicine for Caretakers" from March 10th-April 21st. In this group I will be teaching coping skills, energy medicine, intuition skills, and communication tools to people who often find themselves in care-taking roles and codependent relationships. ..."
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Host: Ms. Hannah Rudsten, MA
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94610
"Girls will engage in a 10 week Friendship Group that includes a diversity of visual and performing arts activities based on the Go Girls!TM Culture Code, a 5-point social/emotional framework. At Go Girls! your daughter can SHINE through activities and ..."
(510) 216-1979
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Oakland, CA 94610
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"Girls will engage in a 10 week Friendship Group that includes a diversity of visual and performing arts activities based on the Go Girls!TM Culture Code, a 5-point social/emotional framework. At Go Girls! your daughter can SHINE through activities and ..."
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Host: Dr. Angie N Branham, PhD
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
"Meet with at least 3 clinicians for weekly consultation about clinical material. "
(510) 756-2426
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Oakland, CA 94609
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"Meet with at least 3 clinicians for weekly consultation about clinical material. "
Host: Ms. Alison Trules, LCSW
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94618
"This group is to help parents during the stressful period of their child's college application process. It will provide both support and information about your role and how to best help your child. It will provide guidance about when to ..."
(510) 417-3442
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Oakland, CA 94618
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"This group is to help parents during the stressful period of their child's college application process. It will provide both support and information about your role and how to best help your child. It will provide guidance about when to ..."
Host: Matthew McKernan, LMFT
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
"This ongoing group is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in taking their process outdoors-into the beautiful oak, bay, and redwood forests of the Oakland hills. This group is for those who would like a respite from the bustle and ..."
(510) 369-1672
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Oakland, CA 94611
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"This ongoing group is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in taking their process outdoors-into the beautiful oak, bay, and redwood forests of the Oakland hills. This group is for those who would like a respite from the bustle and ..."
Host: Dr. Lesleigh Franklin, PhD, MS
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
"We are a multiethnic, multilingual agency who provides individual, and group therapy along with psychological assessment. We are grounded in issues related to social justice. "
(510) 800-9531
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Oakland, CA 94609
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"We are a multiethnic, multilingual agency who provides individual, and group therapy along with psychological assessment. We are grounded in issues related to social justice. "
Photo of Audre Mowry, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Audre Mowry, LMFT
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94610
"This group offers a space to process grief and loss for queer identified folx. The space is created together as a community to support and navigate the unique place where grief and identity collide. The focus of this group is ..."
(510) 892-2652
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Oakland, CA 94610
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"This group offers a space to process grief and loss for queer identified folx. The space is created together as a community to support and navigate the unique place where grief and identity collide. The focus of this group is ..."
Photo of Desirae Torrens, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Ms. Desirae Torrens, MS, LMFT
Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
"Are you struggling with a loss that has left you feeling unable to cope or to move forward with your life? American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "there is no grief like the grief that does not speak". Grief can ..."
(415) 301-3940
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
"Are you struggling with a loss that has left you feeling unable to cope or to move forward with your life? American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "there is no grief like the grief that does not speak". Grief can ..."

What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Oakland Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Oakland is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Oakland are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

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.
Is Group Therapy Right For You?
Group therapy in Oakland allows you to benefit from the experiences and sharing of others. Listening to others, and recognizing what you have in common, allows you to learn about yourself. In the group environment, where therapy types ranging from CBT to Mindfulness Based therapy are used, you can recognize aspects of yourself that you may choose to modify or change.

As other members share about their lives, you might see your own experiences or see patterns you hadn’t noticed previously. The group allows you to better understand issues you might not have noticed before.

Hearing the stories of group members gets you outside of yourself and helps you see your life differently. As you do that, a process of self-acceptance and empathy for others occurs as you learn to relate with others in the group.

Group therapy and support groups in Oakland can also be a less expensive alternative to individual therapy. While you should check with your insurance company, you’ll often find that therapist led group psychotherapy is covered, while peer-led support groups are not. Either way, group session costs are generally less expensive than individual therapy.