Support Groups in San Rafael, CA

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CanAm Interventions 101 Training
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC, CADC II, CIP, NAID
Verified
"CanAm Interventions is an orientation training program that focuses on the principles, philosophies, and basics behind the most popular intervention disciplines utilized today. This training is beneficial to those working in the addiction, mental health, medical, legal and first responder ..."
(415) 578-6836 
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San Rafael, CA 94903
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Anger Management Groups
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"Anger Management of Marin focuses on enhancing emotional intelligence, improving assertive communication, as well as suggesting behavioral strategies for recognizing, dealing with, and managing anger and stress. Our compassionate certified staff delivers the information in a professional manner with empathetic, ..."
(415) 534-9839 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Parent Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"You are not alone! Join my 6-week parent support group for parents of kids, K-8, with learning and behavioral challenges. Beginning on Jan. 10, 2018. Learn strategies to manage your child's behavior at home and at school; advocate for your ..."
(415) 723-4828 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Mindful Mothering Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, PPS
Verified
"A group for mother's who would like to explore themselves and their relationships to their children through using mindfulness in a supportive space with like-minded mothers. "
(415) 639-9164 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Professional Ecotherapy Certificate Program
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CHT
Verified
"This popular, pioneering training course is for healing arts practitioners wishing to bring the healing powers of nature into their work with clients. Group draws students from around the globe and meets for an initial 8-day immersion on the land ..."
(415) 347-8803 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
"Stress saps our energy, undermines our health and makes us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, chronic pain and disease. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR), developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, offers natural, medically proven methods to heal the ..."
(415) 226-6071 
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San Rafael, CA 94903
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Family functioning / addiction
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
"Alcohol and drug addiction affects the entire family unit. This is a support group helping friends and family members cope with a loved one's addiction. "
(415) 462-4349 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Good Grief: A Heart Circle for Grievers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"Welcome Grievers! This experiential compassion and heart-centered group will explore the mystery of your grieving heart. We will use mindfulness-based soul listening, along with poetry, journaling, guided meditation and expressive arts. A group of 6-8 participants will gather online in ..."
(415) 849-4108 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Parent Support Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"6-week small parent support groups for parents of kids, K-8, with learning and behavioral challenges. Beginning Jan. 10, 2018. You are not alone! Learn strategies to manage your child's behavior at home and school; advocate for your child at school; ..."
(415) 360-1273 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Dunnigan Psychological & Threat Assessments, LLC
Psychologist, PsyD, MBA, MA
Verified
"Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations, Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations (FFDEs), Annual Employee Psychological Re-certification Evaluations (Secondary Evaluations), Promotional Evaluations for all Police, Law Enforcement, Military Personnel, Firefighters, Correctional Officers, Probation Officers, Emergency Dispatchers, and First Responders. "
(415) 870-3867 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Group Psychotherapy for Psychotherapists
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"A group for practicing psychotherapists who are successful and high functioning in most aspects of their lives but who want to increase their connection with people who are important to them, and to feel as competent and good about themselves ..."
(415) 226-6780 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Singles Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"A 9-week psychoeducational group for uncovering what's blocking you from creating a successful love relationship, or fulfilling relationships with friends, coworkers or family. We’ll explore how you’re getting in your own way & uncover concrete steps you can take for ..."
(415) 403-2657 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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"Girls Rock!" a group for Teen Girls
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
"This group will support girls in building a solid foundation to navigate the joys and challenges of adolescence, as well as serve as a safe container for a Rite of Passage into young adulthood. Girls will learn and practice a ..."
(514) 400-9341 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Moderation Management Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"For adults who are looking into their alcohol use, but do not want (or are not ready) to stop using alcohol. Many people want to talk about their drinking and how it affects their lives, who are ready to make ..."
(415) 689-1017 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Mindfulness in Nature for Women: Drop-In Groups
PhD, PMHNP, CMT-P
Verified
"The groups begin with a grounding invitation near the trailhead, followed by a guided mindful walk up to the practice space, followed by a guided sit and Q&A. Suitable for beginners and experienced mindfulness in nature practitioners. Comfortable tripod camp ..."
(415) 843-8152 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Wise Women
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, DC, MA, AMFT
Verified
"Throughout history, women have gathered in sacred circles. Be it around a fire in prehistoric times, within hushed monasteries of the Middle Ages, in consciousness-raising groups in 1970’s living rooms, or online groups in the digital age, women have long ..."
(415) 727-5660 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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(Now forming) Widows under 40
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"Despite the sad reality that many women under 40 have experienced the death of a spouse, there are not many professionally facilitated groups dedicated to women in this age bracket. I am forming a virtual (online) group dedicated to these ..."
(415) 521-2063 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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MidLife Men
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
"Inquire now for 2018! Ages 30-60. Meets twice a month. Get support and be compassionately challenged to grow, heal and mature with other men and an experienced facilitator. "
(650) 924-9677 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Older Women Living Creatively
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified
"Mature women sharing and discovering new opportunities for growth, fulfillment, creativity and healing. "
(415) 969-2137 
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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Recovery Support Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"Do feel like you need a little extra support as you venture the road to recovery? This group offers support to those who identify to be active in recovery from substance use. This group welcomes varying recovery approaches and does ..."
(415) 534-3954 
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San Rafael, CA 94901


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