Teen Support Groups in San Diego, CA

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Photo of Elise Rodriguez, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
Middle School Adolescent group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Your child is struggling with depression and anxiety. They spend a lot of time alone, report that they have no friends, and are having difficulty academically. We have the group for you. Beauty for Ashes Transformation Center will be hosting ..."
(619) 493-3341
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92108
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Sexual Abuse/Assault for Teen Girls and YoungWomen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
"2 separate weekly on-going therapy groups for adolescent girls 13-16 years, and women 17-22 years and above, who have experienced some form of sexual abuse or assault in their life-time. The groups address self-esteem, coping, sexuality, body issues, depression/anxiety/PTSD symptoms, ..."
(858) 367-0931
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92130
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DBT skill building
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
"DBT Skills Training groups are for clients who would like to cope more effectively with intense emotions, addictive behaviors, and/or relationship struggles. DBT Skills are taught to reduce self-destructive behaviors and learn more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions. These ..."
(858) 433-4356
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San Diego, CA 92117
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Social Skills Groups (Pre-K1, 2-5th, Tween, Teen)
Counselor, MA, ETP, AMFT
"The social groups for school-aged children are semi-structured, co-ed, activity-based, individualized, and focus on building relationships in a safe environment in which to practice newly learned skills. Each child is evaluated to determine group fit and individual need. We also ..."
(442) 233-3215
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Teen DBT Group (Multi-Family)
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) provides DBT skills training groups that provide skills to teens who have anxiety, mood swings or depression, poor communication with family or friends, family conflict, difficulty regulating emotions, low impulse control or emotional eating, a difficult ..."
(619) 787-6676
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Mindfulness for teens and adults
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"In this course you will learn specific ways of paying attention to your breath, body, thoughts, feelings and the world around you. To be mindful, is to pay attention to here and now, with kindness and curiosity and then choosing ..."
(619) 780-1596
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92123
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PEERS for Adolescents (age 12-17)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Next round starts 3/2/23 in person. PEERS (Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) for Adolescents is an evidenced-based social skills intervention for teens and their parents who want to learn how to make and keep friends. PEERS for ..."
(858) 295-7413
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92127
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Teen Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
"Working on discussing school challenges, motivation, boundaries, peer pressure, expressing and identifying emotions with others, and coping skills. The goal for this group is to be able to help teenagers who may be struggling with Depression and Anxiety through a ..."
(619) 932-5003
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San Diego, CA 92108
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PEERS for teens
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
"The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is an evidence-based social skills intervention originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel in 2005 and is now used in locations across the US ..."
(858) 227-6231
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92127
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COVID-19 Teen Support Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
"Accepting referrals for tele-therapy video teen support group. "
(619) 379-8482
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92109
Waitlist for new clients
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Sport Concussion Education and Support Group
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
"Being diagnosed with a head injury can be anxiety provoking. In this psychoeducational group, we will review sleep hygiene habits and how to keep your thinking balanced and positive. One session will be taught by a sport nutritionist and devoted ..."
(917) 809-6299
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San Diego, CA 92108
Waitlist for new clients
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Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Group for Girls
Treatment Center, PhD
Verified
Verified
"This weekly on-going therapy group focuses on girls (14-17 years) who have experienced some form of sexual abuse or sexual assault in their lifetime. The group addresses: self-esteem, coping, sexuality, body issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral and academic difficulties, relationships, ..."
(858) 437-5583
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92130
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Adolescent DBT group (Multi-Family)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) provides DBT skills training groups that provide skills to teens who have anxiety, mood swings or depression, poor communication with family or friends, family conflict, difficulty regulating emotions, low impulse control or emotional eating, a difficult ..."
(619) 787-6676
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92108
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Teen DBT Group (Multi-Family)
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified
Verified
"Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) provides DBT skills training groups that provide skills to teens who have anxiety, mood swings or depression, poor communication with family or friends, family conflict, difficulty regulating emotions, low impulse control or emotional eating, a difficult ..."
(619) 787-6676
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92108
Photo of Miranda Hosbein - Personal Evolution Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Diego, CA
Teen DBT Group (Multi-Family)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
"Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) provides DBT skills training groups that provide skills to teens who have anxiety, mood swings or depression, poor communication with family or friends, family conflict, difficulty regulating emotions, low impulse control or emotional eating, a difficult ..."
(619) 787-6676
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92108
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Adolescent DBT Group (Multi-Family)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) provides DBT skills training groups that provide skills to adolescents who have anxiety, mood swings or depression, family conflict, difficulty regulating emotions, low impulse control or an eating disorder, &/or a difficult time interacting with others. ..."
(619) 787-6676
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92108
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Teen DBT Group (Multi-Family)
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
"Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) provides DBT skills training groups that provide skills to teens who have anxiety, mood swings or depression, poor communication with family or friends, family conflict, difficulty regulating emotions, low impulse control or emotional eating, a difficult ..."
(619) 787-6676
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92108
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Teen Support
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
" Teen Support "
(619) 870-1602
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Eating Disorders Parent Support & Skills Group
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified
Verified
"In this 6-group series, parents will learn and practice skills to effectively and compassionately support their child during recovery. Parents will get the benefit of participating in an online community of other parents with similar struggles for support. If you ..."
(619) 452-3950
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92109
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Eating Disorder Support Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"This group was designed to assist individuals struggling with a distorted body image and eating disorder. Topics that will be addressed include: develop a sense of hope about one's future, healing and recovery, healthy living, support-system, self-esteem, stress-management, intimate relationships, ..."
(858) 367-3966
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92130

Teen Support Groups

What does therapy for teenagers look like?

When a therapist works with a teenager, the pair will talk about what the teen is struggling with and explore solutions, which may involve interpersonal skills, coping strategies, medication, or lifestyle changes related to sleep, diet, and exercise. Different therapists employ different modalities, but most involve a combination of conversation and skill building.

How long does therapy for teenagers generally take to work?

There’s variability in teenagers’ experiences and challenges; some may begin to improve from therapy within a few weeks while others may take several months or longer. Teens can discuss their progress with their therapist periodically to assess how they’re improving and any changes to the treatment plan that could potentially accelerate that progress.

How do you encourage a teenager to go to therapy?

It’s helpful to express your concern and love while framing therapy as an opportunity to explore a tool that could help improve their life; just like they practice baseball or dance, now they can practice their emotional skills. Give your teen control over the process where you can—maybe by weighing in on choice of therapist and signaling that therapy involves confidentiality, so a parent need not know all that is discussed in sessions.

How do you prepare teens for therapy?

You can prepare your teenager for therapy by describing what the process will look like and setting expectations for timeline, if requested. You can explain that the first session may begin with an assessment phase, that they can describe their experiences but that the therapist will ask questions too, and that it may take time to feel comfortable opening up. Ask how they’re feeling about the process and answer any questions calmly and supportively.




What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego 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.