Support Groups in Oakland, CA

Consultation Group
Meet with at least 3 clinicians for weekly consultation about clinical material.
Photo of Angie N Branham, Psychologist in Oakland, CA
Hosted by Angie N Branham
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94609
Meet with at least 3 clinicians for weekly consultation about clinical material.
(510) 756-2426 View (510) 756-2426
True Yang Somatic Ketamine Therapy
True Yang Somatic Ketamine Therapy offers somatic and ketamine-assisted therapy for the healing of trauma. Somatic therapy is based in the neuroscience of attachment. Together, you and your therapist will navigate an exploration of the “imprints” in your nervous system ...
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Hosted by Angela Allan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94611
True Yang Somatic Ketamine Therapy offers somatic and ketamine-assisted therapy for the healing of trauma. Somatic therapy is based in the neuroscience of attachment. Together, you and your therapist will navigate an exploration of the “imprints” in your nervous system ...
(510) 616-9697 View (510) 616-9697
Grief and Loss Group (Virtual)
Welcoming all Adults in California who have experienced the loss of someone significant. Join (virtually) a circle of people who understand and are grieving alongside you. Although grief is a part of life, it is one of the most difficult ...
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Hosted by Sarah Cybulski
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94611
Welcoming all Adults in California who have experienced the loss of someone significant. Join (virtually) a circle of people who understand and are grieving alongside you. Although grief is a part of life, it is one of the most difficult ...
(510) 822-7175 View (510) 822-7175
Adolescent Anxiety Group
Introducing a teletherapy process/support group to assist adolescents struggling to cope with their current environment due to the recent global pandemic.
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Hosted by Bridge Psych Services - Dr. Aisling Forbes
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94607
Introducing a teletherapy process/support group to assist adolescents struggling to cope with their current environment due to the recent global pandemic.
(510) 338-3325 View (510) 338-3325
Yoga Therapy Groups
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Hosted by Sarah Campbell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, RYT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 250-7483 View (510) 250-7483
Trans/Nonbinary Adults- DBT Skills Group
Starting May 3rd, this DBT skills group for trans and/or nonbinary adults will focus on learning and practicing skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy's four skills modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Each module will last approximately 12 ...
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Hosted by Frankie Phipps
Pre-Licensed Professional, APCC, MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94610
Starting May 3rd, this DBT skills group for trans and/or nonbinary adults will focus on learning and practicing skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy's four skills modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Each module will last approximately 12 ...
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Self-Healing & Empowerment (SHE) Group for Blk Wmn
Society tends to approach and respond to womxn as if we're the caretakers of the world, including in the workplace. And whew, this can feel overwhelming! Black womxn struggle with psychological burdens that result from feeling different from others and ...
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Hosted by Fellana L Randall
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94611
Society tends to approach and respond to womxn as if we're the caretakers of the world, including in the workplace. And whew, this can feel overwhelming! Black womxn struggle with psychological burdens that result from feeling different from others and ...
(510) 454-8299 View (510) 454-8299
detoxing masculinity: group for men of color
This facilitated weekly group will utilize a combination of psychoeducation, group process/discussion and experiential activities (mindfulness, trauma-release, expressive arts,etc) to explore our diverse experience as men of color. Part of our work as self-identified men of color is to unlearn ...
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Hosted by Sarwang Parikh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94611
This facilitated weekly group will utilize a combination of psychoeducation, group process/discussion and experiential activities (mindfulness, trauma-release, expressive arts,etc) to explore our diverse experience as men of color. Part of our work as self-identified men of color is to unlearn ...
(510) 944-1657 View (510) 944-1657
Interplay Support Group for Therapists
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 ...
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Hosted by John Connors McConville
Marriage & Family Therapist, MDiv, MA, LMFT, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94612
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 View (415) 801-3943
True Yang Somatic Ketamine Therapy
True Yang Somatic Ketamine Therapy offers Somatic Ketamine-Assisted Therapy for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, spiritual and existential growth, and other life challenges. Somatic therapy is a body-based modality where the therapist invites the client to gain insight, healing, ...
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Hosted by Kiri Maura
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94611
True Yang Somatic Ketamine Therapy offers Somatic Ketamine-Assisted Therapy for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, spiritual and existential growth, and other life challenges. Somatic therapy is a body-based modality where the therapist invites the client to gain insight, healing, ...
(415) 727-3045 View (415) 727-3045
Trans, Nonbinary, & Gender Diverse BIPOC at Work
Starting August: This virtual support group is for BIPOC individuals of diverse gender identities (i.e., trans, nonbinary, agender, etc) seeking mutual support in the professional realm. Perhaps you’re grappling with whether to share your trans identity at a new job, ...
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Hosted by Mar Chung
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94612
Starting August: This virtual support group is for BIPOC individuals of diverse gender identities (i.e., trans, nonbinary, agender, etc) seeking mutual support in the professional realm. Perhaps you’re grappling with whether to share your trans identity at a new job, ...
(415) 413-1159 View (415) 413-1159
Wild Women Unleashed
In this 8 week expressive arts therapy group for women, we will be utilizing movement, drama, painting, writing, and collage to explore the archetype of the Wild Woman as a doorway to personal power, intuitive knowing and creative energy. This ...
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Hosted by Judy Noddin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94603
In this 8 week expressive arts therapy group for women, we will be utilizing movement, drama, painting, writing, and collage to explore the archetype of the Wild Woman as a doorway to personal power, intuitive knowing and creative energy. This ...
(510) 254-3198 View (510) 254-3198
Adult Children of Alcoholics
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.
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Hosted by Theresa M Fleury
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94618
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 View (510) 404-8625
Dream Consultation
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 ...
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Hosted by Barry Steven Friedman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94611
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 View (510) 499-6900
Emotional Regulation and Social Skills
Emotional Regulation & Social Skills: Could your child use help managing big feelings and impulses? This group draws from Michelle Garcia-Winner's social thinking curriculum, using a narrative-based approach to these behaviors by externalizing them as "Unthinkables" characters that your child ...
Photo of Kate Ekman, Psychologist in Oakland, CA
Hosted by Kate Ekman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94610
Emotional Regulation & Social Skills: Could your child use help managing big feelings and impulses? This group draws from Michelle Garcia-Winner's social thinking curriculum, using a narrative-based approach to these behaviors by externalizing them as "Unthinkables" characters that your child ...
(510) 694-2514 View (510) 694-2514
IFS Women's Support Group for grief & relationship
This group is a six-week therapy group for women, blending the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and mindfulness. This group is tailored for those navigating grief, trauma, relationship shifts, and career challenges along with a safe space for exploration. I ...
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Hosted by Kelly Albrecht
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94609
This group is a six-week therapy group for women, blending the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and mindfulness. This group is tailored for those navigating grief, trauma, relationship shifts, and career challenges along with a safe space for exploration. I ...
(415) 855-7073 View (415) 855-7073
Embodied Connection Circles
Photo of Sharon Stafanson, Psychologist in Oakland, CA
Hosted by Sharon Stafanson
Psychologist, PsyD, RYT 200
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 822-8809 View (510) 822-8809
For the Loved Ones of Alcoholics and Addicts
An intimate, rich process group of 4-9 members who seek support around coping with a loved one's addiction or mental illness, and are ready to engage in self-care. Designed for high functioning individuals interested in embracing life's confounding challenges as ...
Photo of Cecilia S. Kardel, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Hosted by Cecilia S. Kardel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94611
An intimate, rich process group of 4-9 members who seek support around coping with a loved one's addiction or mental illness, and are ready to engage in self-care. Designed for high functioning individuals interested in embracing life's confounding challenges as ...
(415) 480-5319 View (415) 480-5319
Embodied Authenticity
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 ...
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Hosted by Trisha Rowe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94602
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 View (510) 342-9984
Healing &Transformation Through the Arts
In this ongoing group, we step through the doorway into the creative process. As we work in imagery and make art together, we discover and develop links to feelings, patterns, beliefs and inner iconography. Within the safety of our group, ...
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Hosted by Merideth Bowen Shamszad
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Oakland, CA 94602
In this ongoing group, we step through the doorway into the creative process. As we work in imagery and make art together, we discover and develop links to feelings, patterns, beliefs and inner iconography. Within the safety of our group, ...
(510) 878-3048 View (510) 878-3048
FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in Oakland?

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.