Support Groups in San Mateo, CA

DBT is an evidence based treatment proven effective in addressing mood instability, relationship challenges, impulsive behavior and problematic thought patterns. This virtual group for adults provides space for folks to learn coping skills in the following modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, ...
Hosted by Erica Nelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
DBT is an evidence based treatment proven effective in addressing mood instability, relationship challenges, impulsive behavior and problematic thought patterns. This virtual group for adults provides space for folks to learn coping skills in the following modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, ...
(650) 425-6021 View (650) 425-6021
Interested in exploring your relationship to substance use in a non-judgmental, group, setting? Join our intimate group of people working to examine and change their relationship to substance use. Our group balances skill-development with processing and meets weekly for 90 ...
Hosted by Wallace Earl Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94401
Interested in exploring your relationship to substance use in a non-judgmental, group, setting? Join our intimate group of people working to examine and change their relationship to substance use. Our group balances skill-development with processing and meets weekly for 90 ...
(650) 727-1875 View (650) 727-1875
Hosted by Ross Nelson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 822-1988 View (650) 822-1988
Group counseling for women who struggle with weight and food...eating over feelings, obsessing about food, gaining and losing weight continuously or frustration with the inability at times to control eating.This group helps individuals break throught their blocks to change, develop ...
Hosted by Susan E James
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94403
Group counseling for women who struggle with weight and food...eating over feelings, obsessing about food, gaining and losing weight continuously or frustration with the inability at times to control eating.This group helps individuals break throught their blocks to change, develop ...
(415) 800-1179 View (415) 800-1179
I am excited to offer in person, Skills Group Therapy to teens and adolescents. These groups will focus on skills to address emotion dysregulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. This Skills Group is appropriate for teens ages 13-17 who ...
Hosted by Jenna Khoury
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94403
I am excited to offer in person, Skills Group Therapy to teens and adolescents. These groups will focus on skills to address emotion dysregulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. This Skills Group is appropriate for teens ages 13-17 who ...
(650) 718-4590 View (650) 718-4590
DBT is an evidence based treatment proven effective in addressing mood instability, relationship challenges, impulsive behavior and problematic thought patterns. This virtual group for adults provides space for folks to learn coping skills in the following modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, ...
Hosted by Beginner's Mind Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
DBT is an evidence based treatment proven effective in addressing mood instability, relationship challenges, impulsive behavior and problematic thought patterns. This virtual group for adults provides space for folks to learn coping skills in the following modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, ...
(650) 613-4834 View (650) 613-4834
In this 7 week group parents will learn tools to take the stress out of the season from two certified positive discipline parent educators. Some topics will include: Gratitude vs greediness, secure your child's name on the nice list, and ...
Hosted by Natasha Browne
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CPDT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
In this 7 week group parents will learn tools to take the stress out of the season from two certified positive discipline parent educators. Some topics will include: Gratitude vs greediness, secure your child's name on the nice list, and ...
(650) 567-4028 View (650) 567-4028
This parent participation group supports positive social-emotional development in your young child through joyful, playful, peer and parent-child interactions. We will work on staying engaged, following routines and limits, social skills, managing frustration, impulse control and feeling secure and confident. ...
Hosted by Leslie Baxter, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94401
This parent participation group supports positive social-emotional development in your young child through joyful, playful, peer and parent-child interactions. We will work on staying engaged, following routines and limits, social skills, managing frustration, impulse control and feeling secure and confident. ...
(650) 516-4235 View (650) 516-4235
Christian Counseling Services for individuals, couples, teens, & families in the San Francisco Bay Area & across California. Whose story are you living? When the responsibilities pile up and the “shoulds” creep in, it’s easy to ask, ‘What happened to ...
Hosted by Sarah Proemsey
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor , MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94403
Christian Counseling Services for individuals, couples, teens, & families in the San Francisco Bay Area & across California. Whose story are you living? When the responsibilities pile up and the “shoulds” creep in, it’s easy to ask, ‘What happened to ...
(650) 727-5725 View (650) 727-5725
This group is for women of all ages and sexualities who would like to explore sex and/or sexual concerns. Topics include communication around sexuality, anxiety related to intimacy, self-pleasure, mindfulness with sexuality, and more! This 6 week long group will ...
Hosted by Dr. Melissa Risso
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, CSE, CST
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94401
This group is for women of all ages and sexualities who would like to explore sex and/or sexual concerns. Topics include communication around sexuality, anxiety related to intimacy, self-pleasure, mindfulness with sexuality, and more! This 6 week long group will ...
(650) 262-5707 View (650) 262-5707
CBT consultation group for Asian American Therapists focuses on sharpening the participant's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with Asian and Asian Americans.
Hosted by Sunny Choi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
CBT consultation group for Asian American Therapists focuses on sharpening the participant's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with Asian and Asian Americans.
(650) 376-7782 View (650) 376-7782
Learn how to develop deeper emotional connection with your partner. Explore and discover what has been hindering you from experiencing the love and intimacy that you have longed for. Master new techniques to grow closer and support each other during ...
Hosted by Wanping Carrie Cavigioli
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94404
Learn how to develop deeper emotional connection with your partner. Explore and discover what has been hindering you from experiencing the love and intimacy that you have longed for. Master new techniques to grow closer and support each other during ...
(650) 887-9008 View (650) 887-9008
Hosted by Olivos - a division of Caminar for Mental Health
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 642-9680 View (650) 642-9680
CBT consultation group for Asian American Therapists focuses on sharpening the participants's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with Asian and Asian Americans. The group will help you to make therapy approachable, and accessible to ...
Hosted by Sunny Choi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
CBT consultation group for Asian American Therapists focuses on sharpening the participants's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with Asian and Asian Americans. The group will help you to make therapy approachable, and accessible to ...
(650) 376-7368 View (650) 376-7368
CBT Consultation Group for LGBTQ Therapists focuses on sharpening the participant's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with LGBTQ populations.
Hosted by Sunny Choi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
CBT Consultation Group for LGBTQ Therapists focuses on sharpening the participant's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with LGBTQ populations.
(650) 376-7782 View (650) 376-7782
CBT Consultation Group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Therapists focuses on sharpening the participant's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBQ) populations.
Hosted by Sunny Choi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94402
CBT Consultation Group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Therapists focuses on sharpening the participant's skills using Dr David Burns' TEAM CBT framework in their work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBQ) populations.
(650) 376-7368 View (650) 376-7368
This is a small (up to 10 participants), confidential virtual (zoom) group specifically tailored to support and empower women who are healing from sexual trauma. You will be able to connect with other survivors, share your story, learn coping skills, ...
Hosted by Chally Grundwag
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94401
This is a small (up to 10 participants), confidential virtual (zoom) group specifically tailored to support and empower women who are healing from sexual trauma. You will be able to connect with other survivors, share your story, learn coping skills, ...
(650) 479-1401 View (650) 479-1401
For middle school or junior high school students (ages 11 to 14, 6th to 8th grade) who have difficulty with making or keeping friends, reading social cues, perspective-taking/empath y, communication and conversation skills, active listening/attending to others, emotion regulation, impulse ...
Hosted by Carol Wong
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94401
For middle school or junior high school students (ages 11 to 14, 6th to 8th grade) who have difficulty with making or keeping friends, reading social cues, perspective-taking/empath y, communication and conversation skills, active listening/attending to others, emotion regulation, impulse ...
(650) 762-6917 View (650) 762-6917
This online group is for couples with low/no sexual desire or frequency, and/or desire discrepancy (in which one partner is more interested in sex than the other) who are interested in enhancing their sexual relationship and ready to embark on ...
Hosted by Dr. Melissa Risso
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, CSE, CST
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94401
This online group is for couples with low/no sexual desire or frequency, and/or desire discrepancy (in which one partner is more interested in sex than the other) who are interested in enhancing their sexual relationship and ready to embark on ...
(650) 262-5707 View (650) 262-5707
Parenting is hard work, but when your children are very young the challenge can at times be overwhelming. This group is designed to offer a nurturing space for parents to reflect on the experiences of parenting toddlers and preschoolers. You ...
Hosted by Leslie Baxter, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in San Mateo, CA 94401
Parenting is hard work, but when your children are very young the challenge can at times be overwhelming. This group is designed to offer a nurturing space for parents to reflect on the experiences of parenting toddlers and preschoolers. You ...
(650) 516-4235 View (650) 516-4235
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FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in San Mateo?

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.