Support Groups in Santa Monica, CA

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Online Self-Compassion Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
"Group Therapy is a wonderful adjunct to individual therapy & offers clients the support & encouragement of a friendly group of like-minded peers. Led by Dr. Ambardar, our online Self-Compassion group teaches assertiveness, self-compassion, and self-esteem skills. You will learn ..."
(424) 581-0623 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Parenting
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MA, LMFT
Verified
(424) 373-8129 
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Mindfulness meditation for eating disorders
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"This group includes mindfulness meditation for people struggling with eating disorders. We begin group with a psycho-education portion, then there is a mindfulness meditation. Afterwards group members process their week/experience in group "
(855) 284-7075 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Connected Couples 8 week Online Course
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MFT
Verified
"Connected Couples 8 week Online Course Fill in inquiry form at https://www.talktomichele .com/contact/ Start connecting with each other again and find new ways of communicating with this self-guided course for couples who are struggling to find closeness again. "
(424) 271-4466 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Pie Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST
Verified
(310) 341-0586 
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Mixed Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified
"Mixed Adult Group focusing on anger and relationships *Weekend Workshops also available "
(424) 625-3867 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Ethical Vegan Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
"The most effective way to find support through a vegan lifestyle is with like-minded community members. Unfortunately, there are times where the stress of reality keeps us from living our lives, making choices guided by our ethics; 'vystopia' describes the ..."
(240) 266-0209 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Who am I without my eating disorder?
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"For those who struggle with disordered eating/eating disorders, this group provides a safe space to learn positive coping strategies, create healthy boundaries, process uncomfortable emotions, and begin to separate self from eating disorder. Through this group, we will work to ..."
(323) 765-3712 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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DBT skills and Process group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
"A weekly group (capping at 6-8 people) with alternating weeks of DBT skills and Process co-led by Level 3 Intensive Trained (Behavioral Tech) clinician and substance abuse/trauma specialist. "
(424) 581-0767 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Long-Term or Recent Experience of Loss
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"For individuals who have lost an intimate other over the span of years and would like to participate in a group process of exploration and connection. Group, meeting once weekly for 1 hr. and 15 mins., will have up to ..."
(424) 320-5916 
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Tuesday Evening 7:30pm Mixed Adult Process Group
Psychologist, PhD, CGP, EMDRIA, Cert
Verified
(424) 341-6512 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Reflective Parenting Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
"12 week Reflective Parenting Workshop Dates -TBA "
(424) 265-4710 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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CalPsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
"CalPsychiatry is a group of informed, empathetic and team-oriented psychiatrists. We have specialties in treatment of mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (including OCD), ADHD, addiction and women's mental health. We have practices in West Los Angeles, Miracle Mile, ..."
(310) 935-0754 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Life after Trauma: The Transformational Journey
Psychologist, PsyD, SEP
Verified
"This ongoing, weekly group will empower anyone who has experienced a trauma or suffered a loss. Working together using a mix of talking and experiential activities, we will uncover your natural resilience: exploring how trauma and grief affect the mind ..."
(424) 358-3098 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Parenting Skills Education Series
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
""Parenting Skills Education Series" is a 4-week, virtual, 6-member group led by Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Mary L. Williams. that helps group members identify family strengths and challenges; learn effective communication skills; develop tools that can help parents and ..."
(323) 918-5771 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Cardiac Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT, RN
Verified
"This a specific group for people who have heart disease and who are interested in gaining insight and support while exploring the emotional issues such as fears and anxieties that they now face. Strengthening your understanding, your network and community ..."
(310) 998-3300 
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Group meets in:
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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Gay Men's Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified
"Coming out. Living as a gay person. Partnership. Parenting. Health Issues. Aging. Being alone. Gay men share their diverse experiences and support one another through the challenges of partner relationships, workplace dynamics, self-care and families. "
(310) 736-1423 
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Group meets in:
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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Mother's Groups
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"The groups meet once a week and have between 4-6 moms. Groups offer connection, parenting support and general "life support." "
(424) 322-4928 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Women's Trauma Support Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"We have a trained, trauma-informed therapist leading the group on a supportive journey toward healing. We address the most common topics that come up in abuse + trauma, including how the brain and body works, how you can make sense ..."
(424) 233-1062 
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Group meets in:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Teen Girls Virtual Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PsyD, AMFT
Verified
"Does your teen need more support during these uncertain times? Please have your teen join us in this 6 week virtual support group. Support groups provide a forum to address issues with peers and to know they are not alone. ..."
(424) 239-1783 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403


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