LGBTQ+ Support Groups in San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Marc Anthony Campos-Ramos, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Coping with Chronic Illness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, MPH
"This group is for those individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness (i.e.: diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure) and are desiring to continue to have a satisfying and fulfilling life. Topics covered: communication with your treatment providers, coping ..."
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
(510) 878-4090 
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94103

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LGBTQ+ Support Groups
We should make clear that not all the support groups listed here are gay themselves. Rather, they specialize in helping with aspects of being gay in San Francisco or homosexual. They provide help for gay couples in gay relationships, gay issues and issues that affect gay life.

If you're gay or are looking for help with gay issues in San Francisco or for a San Francisco gay support group these professionals provide gay counseling and gay friendly care for gays or lesbians. They include gay friendly support groups plus gay support groups in San Francisco, gay friendly psychologists, and gay friendly counsellors.

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.