Host: Mr. Jamie Fortin, MA, AMFT
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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
"A free bi-weekly online group that runs on the FIRST THURSDAY and MIDDLE MONDAY of every month from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The forum is offered as a community service to support people who identify with the fatherhood role to learn, teach, and ..."
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"A free bi-weekly online group that runs on the FIRST THURSDAY and MIDDLE MONDAY of every month from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The forum is offered as a community service to support people who identify with the fatherhood role to learn, teach, and ..."
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Host: Ms. Grace A Harvey, MA, LMFT, PhD, PsyD
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
"The group for social anxiety is a group designed for young adults in their 20s and adjacent to meet and connect to peers who understand their experiences without judgment. This group will teach practical skills on how to be assertive ..."
(805) 586-2400
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Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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"The group for social anxiety is a group designed for young adults in their 20s and adjacent to meet and connect to peers who understand their experiences without judgment. This group will teach practical skills on how to be assertive ..."
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Host: Mr. Rudy Z Ruderman, AMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"Currently accepting members for this tele-health group. This is an ongoing group for men aged 20 and older. This group provides a powerful space to gain greater self awareness, confidence, to receive support, and to upgrade one's ability to be ..."
(805) 219-7010
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"Currently accepting members for this tele-health group. This is an ongoing group for men aged 20 and older. This group provides a powerful space to gain greater self awareness, confidence, to receive support, and to upgrade one's ability to be ..."
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Host: Ms. Jill A Frandsen, LMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"Clinical Supervision Group for AMFT, AOD registered interns and ACSW's. Individual and triadic also available at sliding fee. "
(805) 335-6982
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"Clinical Supervision Group for AMFT, AOD registered interns and ACSW's. Individual and triadic also available at sliding fee. "
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Host: Dr. Radhule Barbara Weininger, PhD, MD
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
"Each week we gather for mindfulness meditation. The group starts with a 20 min talk, meditation instruction, Buddhist philosophy, then we meditate for 25 minutes. we end with a 20-minute compassion meditation. On the First Tuesday of the month, we ..."
(805) 409-8250
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"Each week we gather for mindfulness meditation. The group starts with a 20 min talk, meditation instruction, Buddhist philosophy, then we meditate for 25 minutes. we end with a 20-minute compassion meditation. On the First Tuesday of the month, we ..."
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Host: Sonja Lindstrom, RN, MFT, CHT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 946-1612
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Host: Ryan George, LMFT, SEP, MA
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 395-4533
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Host: Danah A. Williams, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"Dialectical Behavior Therapy, abbreviated DBT, is an evidence-based treatment model proven to be effective in strengthening one's ability to manage distress without losing control or responding destructively. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan (1993), DBT helps you build valuable coping skills ..."
(805) 409-3558
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"Dialectical Behavior Therapy, abbreviated DBT, is an evidence-based treatment model proven to be effective in strengthening one's ability to manage distress without losing control or responding destructively. Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan (1993), DBT helps you build valuable coping skills ..."
Host: Matt Metcalf, MSW, MDiv, LCSW
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"Parents in Therapy also benefit from developing specific skills designed to assist parents in working closely with adolescents who struggle with emotional regulation. "
(805) 716-6368
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"Parents in Therapy also benefit from developing specific skills designed to assist parents in working closely with adolescents who struggle with emotional regulation. "
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Host: Ms. Nicole Alyssa Morse, MA, AMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
"Nourish is a live 7 week group program for Women who battle with emotional eating, binge eating and negative body image. This group teaches the principles of intuitive eating, body image repair, embodiment and self love as the foundation to ..."
(401) 283-1655
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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"Nourish is a live 7 week group program for Women who battle with emotional eating, binge eating and negative body image. This group teaches the principles of intuitive eating, body image repair, embodiment and self love as the foundation to ..."
Host: Mrs. Anne-Marie Charest, PhD, LMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"This group is for women you wish to enhance their relationships, heal family dynamics, feel more empowered, and bring to to light hidden forces that often hold them back. Through constellation facilitation, women will be given the opportunity to unveil ..."
(805) 870-9465
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"This group is for women you wish to enhance their relationships, heal family dynamics, feel more empowered, and bring to to light hidden forces that often hold them back. Through constellation facilitation, women will be given the opportunity to unveil ..."
Host: Ms. Jenn Kennedy, LMFT, CSAT, EMDR
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"Designed to help participants understand sex addiction, develop skills to reduce intensity of triggers, reduce shame related to acting out, address difficult emotions in adaptive ways. "
(805) 214-6910
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"Designed to help participants understand sex addiction, develop skills to reduce intensity of triggers, reduce shame related to acting out, address difficult emotions in adaptive ways. "
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Host: Mr. Len Van Nostrand, CCP, MA
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
"SMART Recovery is a positive and proven, common-sense, self help approach to all addictive behaviors. Effective tools to sustain motivation, control urges, manage difficult thoughts and emotions, achieve life balance. Non-religious and empowering alternative to 12-steps. Contact: Len@fullspectrumrecovery. com or ..."
(805) 438-2076
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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"SMART Recovery is a positive and proven, common-sense, self help approach to all addictive behaviors. Effective tools to sustain motivation, control urges, manage difficult thoughts and emotions, achieve life balance. Non-religious and empowering alternative to 12-steps. Contact: Len@fullspectrumrecovery. com or ..."
Host: Claire Blakey, MA, LMFT, PMH-C
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"Grief is not linear. Whether you are processing a recent loss or still reeling in waves of losing a loved one years ago — this group could be of benefit for you. There are many stages to the grief process ..."
(805) 335-6807
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"Grief is not linear. Whether you are processing a recent loss or still reeling in waves of losing a loved one years ago — this group could be of benefit for you. There are many stages to the grief process ..."
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Host: Karen Tyrrell, MA, MFT, EMDR
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"For more information or pre- group interview contact: Karen Tyrrell, LMFT karentyrrell AT gmail.com The Group is limited to 10 participants. "
(805) 288-6443
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"For more information or pre- group interview contact: Karen Tyrrell, LMFT karentyrrell AT gmail.com The Group is limited to 10 participants. "
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Host: Sara Firestone, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"This group will provide an opportunity for expecting mothers to: Connect with and support one another, Express and understand their emotions, Learn new skills and coping strategies, Explore changing identities and relationships, Grieve pregnancy and birthing experiences impacted by COVID-19 "
(805) 883-6166
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"This group will provide an opportunity for expecting mothers to: Connect with and support one another, Express and understand their emotions, Learn new skills and coping strategies, Explore changing identities and relationships, Grieve pregnancy and birthing experiences impacted by COVID-19 "
Host: Miss. Brandi Davis, MA, LMFT, CPT, CPC
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"This support group was designed to help women come together in a safe environment with others experiencing the same struggles. The group meets once a week for 90 min. and is limited to 8 people to maintain an intimate space. ..."
(310) 340-1029
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"This support group was designed to help women come together in a safe environment with others experiencing the same struggles. The group meets once a week for 90 min. and is limited to 8 people to maintain an intimate space. ..."
Host: Tiana Leeds, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"The HSP Women's Circle gives members the experience of connecting and being supported by others who share their depth and empathy. The group is designed specifically for sensitive women who think and feel deeply. This environment provides a rich setting ..."
(805) 351-4506
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"The HSP Women's Circle gives members the experience of connecting and being supported by others who share their depth and empathy. The group is designed specifically for sensitive women who think and feel deeply. This environment provides a rich setting ..."
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Host: Ms. Stephanie Pawlowicz, LMFT, RPT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"This group is offered yearly for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of this expressive modality. I train from a Gestalt perspective using the phenomenological process of the Violet Oaklander Model. The trainings includes theory and experiential practice in ..."
(805) 324-6675
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"This group is offered yearly for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of this expressive modality. I train from a Gestalt perspective using the phenomenological process of the Violet Oaklander Model. The trainings includes theory and experiential practice in ..."
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Host: Mr. Daniel Cohen, MA, APCC, AMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
"A group for prospective fathers to process the changing emotions and lived experiences of impending fatherhood. This group is appropriate for men that are currently expecting a child or are planning to start a family soon. There is no instruction ..."
(805) 324-6623
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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"A group for prospective fathers to process the changing emotions and lived experiences of impending fatherhood. This group is appropriate for men that are currently expecting a child or are planning to start a family soon. There is no instruction ..."

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What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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.