Support Groups in Oakland, CA

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New Mom Support Groups
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"I facilitate 6 week New Moms Groups in Oakland at Then Comes Baby. Please check out their website for more information and to register. "
(510) 246-3729 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94610
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Dad Group
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
"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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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
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The Conscious Mom Reset
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"As a mom, you're likely the center of the household. You're constantly responding to your family's needs, big and small. But when you're so busy caring for others, it's hard to find the perspective to look at the big picture ..."
(510) 735-8944 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94601
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BoraSpace Therapy Group for ARMYs
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
"Coming soon -- an online therapy support/process group for adult BTS ARMYs. Come join us as we draw from our love of all things 0T7 to co-create a welcoming therapeutic space for ARMYs seeking additional support and growth in their ..."
(510) 330-0465 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
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Embodied Authenticity
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"Gain awareness of how attachment styles, internal working models and defensive patterns close off one's energy and experiences. Explore the effects of somatic holding patterns. The group will use strengths & capacities that group members already have to explore living ..."
(510) 342-9984 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94602
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"Virtual ACT for Anxiety and Depression workshop: 8-week course to help you find your path to a life worth living. Whether you struggle with lifelong anxiety and/or depression, feel stuck in life or overwhelmed by current events, this group can ..."
(510) 849-6755 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
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Consultation Group
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"Meet with at least 3 clinicians for weekly consultation about clinical material. "
(510) 756-2426 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
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Parenting through the College Application Process
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"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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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94618
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Orgasms (O's) are Good Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"Many women don't have orgasms on a regular basis or "fake" it to please their partner. This group's focus is to empower women to enjoy their bodies and reach their potential through homework exercises and positive group feedback. "
(628) 226-1830 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94602
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Interplay Support Group for Therapists
Marriage & Family Therapist, MDiv, MA, LMFT
Verified
"This is a group for LMFT's, LPCC's, LCSW's, Psychologists and Interns in these fields. It is a support group for professionals using the spirit and forms of Interplay to inform our lives and our work. Play is fun, stress free, and ..."
(415) 801-3943 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94612
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Moving Throughout Emotional Crisis
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
"Offering a blend of didactic skill based training and supportive group process, the Moving Through Emotional Crisis Group offers support to anyone suffering from intense depression, anxiety or trauma related symptoms. This 90 minute group is divided into approximately 30 ..."
(650) 887-5802 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94602
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Adult Children of Alcoholics
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"This group addresses the psychological issues of ACAs. There is a maximum of 8 people in the group Please call for information. This group is currently closed. "
(510) 404-8625 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94618
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Ecotherapy Group (Currently Not Occuring)
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"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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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
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Consultation for Eating Disorder Professionals
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"I currently run a consultation group for eating disorder clinicians. Whether you're a seasoned eating disorder professional or interested in expanding your eating disorder expertise, this ongoing group will provide a supportive environment and fresh perspectives through clinical case presentations ..."
(510) 985-4939 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94618
Not accepting new clients
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Mindfulness for Women of Color
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
"Women of Color: Learn mindfulness skills to help you increase your calm, sense of peace and comfort within yourself, and to lessen your overwhelm. A six week online course with lessons delivered by email, then followed up with live online ..."
(510) 470-7374 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94602
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The Relational Self
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
"This group offers a holistic, trauma-informed and experiential therapeutic approach. The group aims to help members discover strengths, uncover and realign belief systems, improve their ability to relate and interact with others, receive feedback, and identify how societal/cultural themes influence ..."
(510) 683-5650 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
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Breaking The Silence
PhD, NCC
Verified
"Asian and Asian-American women struggle to break to speak up about our needs, rights, and experiences. At a time of increasing violence and hate crimes against our communities, it feels more important to break our silence. I invite you to ..."
(415) 212-5438 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94606
Waitlist for new clients
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Dream Consultation
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified
"I developed a gift for dream interpretation early in life. In this group participants practice and gradually gain expertise in the interpretation of their own dreams. We discuss the nature of symbolic dream material, metaphors, archetypes, world mythologies and psychodynamic ..."
(510) 499-6900 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94611
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Suicide Bereavement Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA, MFT
Verified
"Hosted by La Cheim Behavioral Services "
(415) 870-8056 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94609
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Attachment Focused EMDR Practicum Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
(510) 907-6651 
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94601



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 such as Mindfulness Based group 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.