Support Groups in Santa Monica, CA

Recovery Support
Inquire about our virtual Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery groups. Our team provides Nutrition education groups and specialized recovery groups from decades of combined experience running eating disorder and mental health treatment centers. Virtual participation in California.
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Hosted by EMDR Collective, Founder Dawn Delgado, CEDS, EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CEDS-S, EMDR
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
Inquire about our virtual Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery groups. Our team provides Nutrition education groups and specialized recovery groups from decades of combined experience running eating disorder and mental health treatment centers. Virtual participation in California.
(424) 347-1784 View (424) 347-1784
Neuro Wellness Spa Santa Moncia
We're changing the way mental health is treated. Neuro Wellness is an in-network psychiatry clinic with locations across Los Angeles that offers in-person & virtual appointments for medication management, TMS therapy, Spravato & more. We are proud to be in-network ...
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Hosted by Sophia Rabiee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
We're changing the way mental health is treated. Neuro Wellness is an in-network psychiatry clinic with locations across Los Angeles that offers in-person & virtual appointments for medication management, TMS therapy, Spravato & more. We are proud to be in-network ...
(844) 505-3635 View (844) 505-3635
CalPsychiatry
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 Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Echo ...
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Hosted by Beatrice Rabkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
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 Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Echo ...
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754
Santa Monica Psychotherapy Group
Santa Monica Psychotherapy Group offers qualified, experienced and licensed therapists that specialize in a comprehensive set of diverse issues, such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, life transitions, eating disorders, addiction, etc. for a variety of populations, including adults, couples, children, ...
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Hosted by Gerardo Horischnik
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica Psychotherapy Group offers qualified, experienced and licensed therapists that specialize in a comprehensive set of diverse issues, such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, life transitions, eating disorders, addiction, etc. for a variety of populations, including adults, couples, children, ...
(310) 449-1125 View (310) 449-1125
Intended Parents through Non-traditional Means
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Hosted by Elaine R. Gordon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 736-4729 View (310) 736-4729
Moderation Management - Telehealth Only
This support group is a safe and non-judgmental space to explore your relationship with alcohol, define your personal goals and develop consumption limits around alcohol. If you feel that this group may be for you or have questions/curiosities about moderation ...
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Hosted by Pacific Marriage & Family Therapy Network
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
This support group is a safe and non-judgmental space to explore your relationship with alcohol, define your personal goals and develop consumption limits around alcohol. If you feel that this group may be for you or have questions/curiosities about moderation ...
(628) 299-7866 View (628) 299-7866
The Daring Way(tm), Rising Strong(tm)
The Daring Way (tm) is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families and others. It has been utilized in clinical educational, and professional settings. During ...
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Hosted by Angela M. Aiello
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
The Daring Way (tm) is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families and others. It has been utilized in clinical educational, and professional settings. During ...
(424) 294-8910 View (424) 294-8910
Mommy support group
Being a mom is incredibly wonderful, and incredibly difficult. I offer a support group that is focused on processing the emotions related to motherhood, pregnancy, infertility, IVF, and parenting, as well as learning new skills to survive and excel. Group ...
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Hosted by Leslie Dobson
Psychologist, MSc, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90402
Being a mom is incredibly wonderful, and incredibly difficult. I offer a support group that is focused on processing the emotions related to motherhood, pregnancy, infertility, IVF, and parenting, as well as learning new skills to survive and excel. Group ...
(562) 509-7933 View (562) 509-7933
Healthcare Professionals Group
These PHP-type groups are for doctoral level licensed healthcare professionals, residents, and medical students. Support and professional monitoring services may be included.
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Hosted by Tracy R Zemansky
Psychologist, PhD, CSAT-S, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
These PHP-type groups are for doctoral level licensed healthcare professionals, residents, and medical students. Support and professional monitoring services may be included.
(424) 396-0349 View (424) 396-0349
CalPsychiatry
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, ...
Photo of Lucy Sloninsky, Psychiatrist in Santa Monica, CA
Hosted by Lucy Sloninsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
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 View (310) 935-0754
Interpersonal co-ed group
Group therapy is a very powerful venue for self exploration and provides speedy results. In a safe, confidential and supportive setting every individual's uniqueness emerges as the social interpersonal and emotional issues are explored. By participating,(max. 8 men and women), the ...
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Hosted by Monica Farassat, Psy.D.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, CGP
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
Group therapy is a very powerful venue for self exploration and provides speedy results. In a safe, confidential and supportive setting every individual's uniqueness emerges as the social interpersonal and emotional issues are explored. By participating,(max. 8 men and women), the ...
(310) 737-8975 View (310) 737-8975
Introduction to Dream Tending Workshop
Have you ever wondered what your dreams say about you and your life experiences? Come join me for a day long workshop to learn basic tools and a theoretical orientation to better understand your dreams and develop a dream practice. ...
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Hosted by Annie Armstrong Miyao
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
Have you ever wondered what your dreams say about you and your life experiences? Come join me for a day long workshop to learn basic tools and a theoretical orientation to better understand your dreams and develop a dream practice. ...
(424) 903-2854 View (424) 903-2854
Women's Self-Compassion + Happiness Group (Online)
Are you a woman whose heart has been wounded after a lifetime of putting other people's needs & wants above your own? Do you find it hard to honor yourself & do what you really want? Have you been hurt ...
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Hosted by Sheenie Ambardar MD, Santa Monica Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Are you a woman whose heart has been wounded after a lifetime of putting other people's needs & wants above your own? Do you find it hard to honor yourself & do what you really want? Have you been hurt ...
(424) 581-0623 View (424) 581-0623
New Models for Navigating Life after Fifty
In our quickly changing world, we are in need of new, creative, and fulfilling models for navigating the experiences of the mid and later years of life. This group looks at some of those models, and provides opportunities for creating ...
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Hosted by Darcy Lubbers
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
In our quickly changing world, we are in need of new, creative, and fulfilling models for navigating the experiences of the mid and later years of life. This group looks at some of those models, and provides opportunities for creating ...
(310) 896-8889 View (310) 896-8889
Life Group (e.g., Process Group, open to everyone)
Based on the work of Dr. Irvin Yalom, this group is for just about anyone to attend who is 21 years or older. It's open to almost any mental-emotional-social-b ehavior issue that exists, and thus, the group is open-minded, accepting, ...
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Hosted by Dr. Joseph Lancaster
Psychologist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
Based on the work of Dr. Irvin Yalom, this group is for just about anyone to attend who is 21 years or older. It's open to almost any mental-emotional-social-b ehavior issue that exists, and thus, the group is open-minded, accepting, ...
(818) 483-9968 View (818) 483-9968
Womb of Support: IVF & Fertility Circle
Welcome to Womb of Support, a compassionate and empowering online support group designed exclusively for women navigating the challenges of IVF and infertility. Weekly sessions provide a safe and supportive space where you can connect with others who understand the ...
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Hosted by Kathryn Diaz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90404
Welcome to Womb of Support, a compassionate and empowering online support group designed exclusively for women navigating the challenges of IVF and infertility. Weekly sessions provide a safe and supportive space where you can connect with others who understand the ...
(310) 736-2717 View (310) 736-2717
Gnostic Pneumatherapy®
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Hosted by J. Lancaster
Psychologist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
(661) 349-9328 View (661) 349-9328
Grief and Loss Support Group
Ongoing weekly group is designed to support you through times of grief, loss and transition. We will process feelings, discuss topics and participate in exercises. We will give you new approaches to support you in your healing.
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Hosted by Lisa Chester-Schyman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
Ongoing weekly group is designed to support you through times of grief, loss and transition. We will process feelings, discuss topics and participate in exercises. We will give you new approaches to support you in your healing.
(424) 532-8592 View (424) 532-8592
Santa Monica Divorce Support Group
Join us for a supportive and empowering group designed for people going through a divorce, considering a divorce or recovering from a divorce. Our focus is to support our group members through their divorce journey. We find that it's incredibly ...
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Hosted by Sherry Martyn
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Join us for a supportive and empowering group designed for people going through a divorce, considering a divorce or recovering from a divorce. Our focus is to support our group members through their divorce journey. We find that it's incredibly ...
(424) 581-0848 View (424) 581-0848
Mindfulness based eating disorder support group
Eating disorder/disordered eating group using mindfulness skills and tools to help clients cope with their eating/body image issues. The group is in its 10th year and offers a safe non-shaming environment. We structure our group with education-skill learning, process/sharing time, ...
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Hosted by Pam Siegel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MPH, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Eating disorder/disordered eating group using mindfulness skills and tools to help clients cope with their eating/body image issues. The group is in its 10th year and offers a safe non-shaming environment. We structure our group with education-skill learning, process/sharing time, ...
(424) 229-1951 View (424) 229-1951

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FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in Santa Monica?

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.