Support Groups in San Francisco, CA

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Insomnia Treatment
Psychologist, PsyD, CBSM
Verified
(628) 888-6122 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Parenting with Compassion Class
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
"This class focuses on taking care of Mom and Dad. It's about understanding that the most effective ways to raise a happy and healthy child is to offer them positive emotional connection. For most parents, this isn't always easy. Developing ..."
(415) 255-3254 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Women In Mid-Life
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
"I am considering starting a group for women in mid-life (ages 40-60) in early 2022 but first am putting out feelers to see what the interest might be. As I myself am in this phase of life, I can see ..."
(415) 886-1380 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Relationship Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
"RCC specializes in working with couples and individuals who want to find more ease and satisfaction with their partner. "
(415) 578-7709 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Men's Groups
MFT
Verified
"Mens groups that focus on specific mindfulness skills for dealing with anxiety, anger, trust issues communication skills and all aspects of relationships and work themes. Monday 7:00-9:30 PM SF Thursday 6:00-7:30 PM SF Learn to live more fully in the present moment and ..."
(510) 497-0537 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94110
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ADHD Support Groups
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"Our groups are supportive, collaborative spaces for adults to find community concerning ADHD and RSD struggles. In our ADHD support group, we discuss Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and what that really looks like in daily life. Our therapists will provide education ..."
(415) 650-2886 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Weekly Gestalt Process Group - San Francisco
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"Through the exploration of mindful awareness, community support, self-support, and boundaries, we are inviting group participants to explore a deepening of contact with ourselves and others. Our group does not have a single theme. We invite group members to bring ..."
(415) 849-4179 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94117
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(415) 608-6307 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Psychiatric Alternatives and Wellness Center
Psychiatrist, MD
"Psychiatric Alternatives' 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 ..."
(415) 326-1696 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Grief through Creative Art Therapy Group
MA, MT-BC, CCGS, CCTP-I, CCBT
"Explore the topic of grief and loss through Conversation, Art and Music. Meeting online during COVID-19 Social Distancing time. Please reach out to get more information and free initial consultation. "
(341) 766-0668 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Relationship/Intimacy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
"I am currently conducting interviews for this group which focuses on intimacy and blocks to close, connected relationships. We will explore attachment styles, unproductive cognitive frames, and practice somatic coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety and other powerful emotions. "
(415) 767-1741 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Consultation Group for Asian American Therapists
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"This group aims at sharpening the participant’s ability to discern and conduct a psychoanalytic process in their work with Asian and Asian Americans, while providing vital space to discuss various issues pertinent to the professional development and maturation of the ..."
(415) 649-1916 
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94115
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San Francisco Men's Group: Tending The Fire Within
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CGP
Verified
""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 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Group
Psychiatrist, MD, DABMA
Verified
"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 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Intimacy and Authenticity
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
"Authenticity is the ability to know what is true for you and to remain true to yourself without being swayed by others. Intimacy occurs when you can fully and authentically be yourself while deeply connecting with another. We all long ..."
(415) 795-2685 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Pregnant Mamas Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
"Meet other moms-to-be, ask questions about your pregnancy, and learn how to prepare yourself emotionally for the journey of motherhood. This supportive group is ongoing, so contact me for current details. "
(415) 787-3929 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Foresight Mental Health
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"Foresight helps you find your path to mental wellness. We’re a community of mental health experts who offer a dynamic range of care that flexes with your particular needs and goals. Our team includes licensed therapists, psychiatric providers, researchers, a ..."
(628) 266-4258 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94104
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The 4C's to Success- A day long workshop! 3/24/18
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, SEP
Verified
"The 4 C's to Success , a daylong workshop designed to teach an integrated approach to success. Sign-up now to experience this practical workshop that will empower all aspects of your life. Go beyond what the material world dictates as ..."
(415) 992-9806 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Cultivating Courage: Skill-Building for Introverts
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, RDT
Verified
"Do you fear rejection and criticism? Do you struggle with low self-esteem and self-confidence? Are you single or isolated because you avoid situations that make you nervous? In this group, learn how to: cultivate the courage needed to achieve your ..."
(415) 969-6022 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Online Adult Eating Disorder Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, ME
Verified
"This Online Support Group is intended to provide adults suffering from eating disorders a safe place to connect to others with similar struggles. This group is facilitated by Holly Kirth, LMFT to give guidance and to maintain a safe environment. ..."
(949) 468-5731 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94115


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