Support Groups in San Francisco, CA

Psychiatric Alternatives and Wellness Center
PAWC's intake process matches your needs with the right practitioner or referral. Setting up insurance payment with patient copay is a breeze, in most cases. During your treatment, practitioners and staff work together well to create a seamless care experience, ...
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Hosted by Igor Weisz
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
PAWC's intake process matches your needs with the right practitioner or referral. Setting up insurance payment with patient copay is a breeze, in most cases. During your treatment, practitioners and staff work together well to create a seamless care experience, ...
(628) 244-8941 View (628) 244-8941
What Now?
What Now? is a group that offers you a soft landing and a supportive space to adjust to this next phase of parenting and reinvention of self. When my daughter left for college I noticed that there was little support ...
Photo of Lena Mullins, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Lena Mullins
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, RDT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
What Now? is a group that offers you a soft landing and a supportive space to adjust to this next phase of parenting and reinvention of self. When my daughter left for college I noticed that there was little support ...
(415) 769-3054 View (415) 769-3054
Self Care Workshop for Activists
After the election, many of us experienced incredible grief, anger and despair. These painful feelings can lead to anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate, and burnout. In these times, loving ourselves is a revolutionary act. This workshop provides practical tools of ...
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Hosted by Nicole Hsiang Shieh
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94111
After the election, many of us experienced incredible grief, anger and despair. These painful feelings can lead to anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate, and burnout. In these times, loving ourselves is a revolutionary act. This workshop provides practical tools of ...
(916) 269-3534 View (916) 269-3534
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Group
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group is a mindfulness skills-building and meditation group, structured to reflect the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group, infused with discussions and teaching of cognitive skills for people who have struggled ...
Photo of Sidney A Edsall, Psychiatrist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Sidney A Edsall
Psychiatrist, MD, DABMA
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94114
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group is a mindfulness skills-building and meditation group, structured to reflect the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group, infused with discussions and teaching of cognitive skills for people who have struggled ...
(415) 903-1898 View (415) 903-1898
Relationship Counseling Center
RCC specializes in working with couples and individuals who want to find more ease and satisfaction with their partner.
Photo of Sara Bingaman, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Sara Bingaman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
RCC specializes in working with couples and individuals who want to find more ease and satisfaction with their partner.
(415) 578-7709 View (415) 578-7709
Rainbow Group for Teens and Tweens
An inclusive group to support our teens and tweens who identify in the LGBTQIA+ community. Led by a clinically trained psychotherapist to destigmatize and support our LGBTQIA+ teens and tweens!
Photo of Brooke Bendix, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Brooke Bendix
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
An inclusive group to support our teens and tweens who identify in the LGBTQIA+ community. Led by a clinically trained psychotherapist to destigmatize and support our LGBTQIA+ teens and tweens!
(248) 733-4899 x2 View (248) 733-4899 x2
Insomnia Treatment
Photo of Britney Blair, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Britney Blair
Psychologist, PsyD, CBSM
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94109
(628) 888-6122 View (628) 888-6122
Psychiatric Alternatives and Wellness Center
PAWC's provider group is among the largest in CA and includes only Board Certified or Licensed Practitioners. Our doctors focus on your needs and feelings, while PAWC administrative staff collaborates with you, your doctor and insurers to keep administration smooth ...
Photo of David Hirchak, Psychiatrist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by David Hirchak
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
PAWC's provider group is among the largest in CA and includes only Board Certified or Licensed Practitioners. Our doctors focus on your needs and feelings, while PAWC administrative staff collaborates with you, your doctor and insurers to keep administration smooth ...
(628) 333-3149 View (628) 333-3149
Courage Connects - Dare to Lead
Courage Connects is a leadership workshop based on the research of Brené Brown. This workshop appeals to people across all industries and positions. The overarching theme is courage - show up as a braver leader and you will be able ...
Photo of Rachel Packer, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Rachel Packer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94102
Courage Connects is a leadership workshop based on the research of Brené Brown. This workshop appeals to people across all industries and positions. The overarching theme is courage - show up as a braver leader and you will be able ...
(415) 553-5529 View (415) 553-5529
Tuesday Night Men's Group
An ongoing men's therapy group that supports men in dealing with relationships in the workplace and at home. We strive to be a place where we are honest, empathic, curious and supportive.
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Hosted by Roger Lake
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94133
An ongoing men's therapy group that supports men in dealing with relationships in the workplace and at home. We strive to be a place where we are honest, empathic, curious and supportive.
(650) 741-3364 View (650) 741-3364
Anxiously Intimate - straight leaning
Join with other men who experience anxiety related to their sex lives, relationships and dating. www.rousetherapy.com /online-mens-group
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Hosted by Rouse Relational Wellness
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94114
Join with other men who experience anxiety related to their sex lives, relationships and dating. www.rousetherapy.com /online-mens-group
(415) 936-1168 View (415) 936-1168
Adult Children of Narcissists
This ongoing, mixed gender, psychotherapy/support group explores the effect a narcissistic parent has on self esteem and relationships. It will examine dysfunctional, repetitive patterns learned in childhood and reenacted in adult life. The group will explore the origin of narcissism ...
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Hosted by Ami E. Hartley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CAS, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94122
This ongoing, mixed gender, psychotherapy/support group explores the effect a narcissistic parent has on self esteem and relationships. It will examine dysfunctional, repetitive patterns learned in childhood and reenacted in adult life. The group will explore the origin of narcissism ...
(415) 319-9740 View (415) 319-9740
Gestalt Therapy Group - San Francisco
This gestalt group welcomes and builds upon a foundation of present moment awareness. Group members are invited to bring all parts of themselves and notice what emerges in the context of community and connection with others. Members are encouraged to: ...
Photo of Keith Packer, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Keith Packer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94114
This gestalt group welcomes and builds upon a foundation of present moment awareness. Group members are invited to bring all parts of themselves and notice what emerges in the context of community and connection with others. Members are encouraged to: ...
(415) 849-4179 View (415) 849-4179
Partners & Spouses Living w Addiction & Recovery
The Partners and Spouses Group is an ongoing therapy group and place to gain awareness, feel understood, grieve, express feelings, practice new skills and heal. Areas of focus include addiction in the family system, loss of control, trauma, feelings expression, ...
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Hosted by Mary Kennedy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
The Partners and Spouses Group is an ongoing therapy group and place to gain awareness, feel understood, grieve, express feelings, practice new skills and heal. Areas of focus include addiction in the family system, loss of control, trauma, feelings expression, ...
(415) 689-1690 View (415) 689-1690
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) offers structured support for emotional regulation, stress coping, and improved relationships in individuals struggling with various issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and personality disorders. This group can assist you in learning effective mindfulness practices, distress ...
Photo of Veronica Ghabour, Counselor in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Veronica Ghabour
Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94114
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) offers structured support for emotional regulation, stress coping, and improved relationships in individuals struggling with various issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and personality disorders. This group can assist you in learning effective mindfulness practices, distress ...
(415) 936-8843 View (415) 936-8843
Bodacious Boundaries
Bodacious Boundaries is a 6-week online therapy group for adult California residents, Aug. 22-Sept. 26, 2023. In Bodacious Boundaries, you’ll: 1.) Learn practical info, including how to deal with people who disrespect your boundaries 2.) Explore and upgrade your boundaries ...
Photo of Jessica ' Chiara ' Viscomi, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Jessica ' Chiara ' Viscomi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
Bodacious Boundaries is a 6-week online therapy group for adult California residents, Aug. 22-Sept. 26, 2023. In Bodacious Boundaries, you’ll: 1.) Learn practical info, including how to deal with people who disrespect your boundaries 2.) Explore and upgrade your boundaries ...
(415) 569-0239 View (415) 569-0239
Psychiatric Alternatives and Wellness Center
PAWC's provider group is among the largest in CA and includes only Board Certified or Licensed Practitioners. Our doctors focus on your needs and feelings, while PAWC collaborates with you, your doctor and insurers to keep administration smooth and easy. ...
Photo of Haleh Nekoorad-Long, Psychiatrist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Haleh Nekoorad-Long
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
PAWC's provider group is among the largest in CA and includes only Board Certified or Licensed Practitioners. Our doctors focus on your needs and feelings, while PAWC collaborates with you, your doctor and insurers to keep administration smooth and easy. ...
(415) 326-1921 View (415) 326-1921
Holotropic Breathwork Circle
The Holotropic Breathwork Circle provides self-exploration in a safe and non-judgmental setting. Developed by Stan and Christina Grof, holotropic breathwork sessions are journeys through the realms of the human unconscious. Breathwork Circles take place Monday evenings at 1996 Union Street ...
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Hosted by Holistic Integrative Psychiatry with James Eyerman
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, ABIHM
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94123
The Holotropic Breathwork Circle provides self-exploration in a safe and non-judgmental setting. Developed by Stan and Christina Grof, holotropic breathwork sessions are journeys through the realms of the human unconscious. Breathwork Circles take place Monday evenings at 1996 Union Street ...
(628) 214-2265 View (628) 214-2265
ADHD Skills Group (Currently Remote)
In our 10 week ADHD support group, we will discuss building skills to manage ADHD and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria. Our therapists will provide education as well as skills to help you identify where ADHD and RSD are holding you back. ...
Photo of Karla Schlags, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Karla Schlags
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94104
In our 10 week ADHD support group, we will discuss building skills to manage ADHD and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria. Our therapists will provide education as well as skills to help you identify where ADHD and RSD are holding you back. ...
(415) 524-0582 View (415) 524-0582
San Francisco Men's Group: Tending The Fire Within
"Tending the Fire Within:" A depth and intimacy-oriented group where we embrace and explore issues that men often find themselves struggling with. We share and learn to work with our anger, shame, loneliness, fear, grief and sense of power in ...
Photo of Robert Schene, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Robert Schene
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CGP
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Francisco, CA 94118
"Tending the Fire Within:" A depth and intimacy-oriented group where we embrace and explore issues that men often find themselves struggling with. We share and learn to work with our anger, shame, loneliness, fear, grief and sense of power in ...
(415) 702-0949 View (415) 702-0949

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FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in San Francisco?

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.