Grief Support Groups in Santa Barbara, CA

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Photo of Irene Kokatay, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
The Life Transforming Power of Grief and Loss
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
" Grief and loss hold great power to truly transform our lives. In a supportive group which honors the raw tenderness of each individual's unique journey, we share our stories of grief and loss . Through writing exercises. art, meditation and mindfulness ..."
(805) 467-7182 
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Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Photo of Jacquelyn Toth, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Meaning-Making for Childfree Women in Mid-Life
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"Do you crave a community where you can be understood and explore your feelings and unique perspectives on your life choices? Are you feeling insecure, anxious, or depressed and wish to reconnect to meaning and purpose in mid-life and beyond? ..."
(805) 296-7072 
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Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Photo of Claire Blakey, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Grief Process Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified
" 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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Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Photo of Brandi Davis, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Divorced Women's Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CPT, CPC
Verified
"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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Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Grief Support Groups
Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss. Because it is a reflection of what we love, it can feel all-encompassing. Grief is not limited to the loss of people, but when it follows the loss of a loved one, it may be compounded by feelings of guilt and confusion, especially if the relationship was a difficult one.

If you're looking for a Santa Barbara grief support group, these professionals provide grief therapy and counseling in Santa Barbara.

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.