Support Groups in Santa Monica, CA

If you're stable in recovery from addictive behaviors, committed to living with your new-found freedom, and want solid relapse prevention skills, this 8-week group could be fantastic for you. Through a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices, you'll ...
Hosted by Mary Ann Abosch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, TMF
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
If you're stable in recovery from addictive behaviors, committed to living with your new-found freedom, and want solid relapse prevention skills, this 8-week group could be fantastic for you. Through a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices, you'll ...
(424) 353-2465 View (424) 353-2465
Lifeforce yoga uses a combination of breath, chanting, hand gestures and movement practices to work with symptoms of anxiety and depression. There will be a 6 week class focusing on anxiety and stress at Santa Monica Yoga starting on October. ...
Hosted by Lana Benedek
MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
Lifeforce yoga uses a combination of breath, chanting, hand gestures and movement practices to work with symptoms of anxiety and depression. There will be a 6 week class focusing on anxiety and stress at Santa Monica Yoga starting on October. ...
(310) 507-1178 View (310) 507-1178
This ONLINE space is created for women to gather and share their wisdom, get healing, learn about their feminine nature, restoration of energy, and creative expression through sacred movement, dance, art. We will have enough time to meditate, heal and ...
Hosted by Dr. Olga Zabora Psyd Hypnotherapist And Best Selling Author
Psychologist, PsyD, CHT, NLP TT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
This ONLINE space is created for women to gather and share their wisdom, get healing, learn about their feminine nature, restoration of energy, and creative expression through sacred movement, dance, art. We will have enough time to meditate, heal and ...
(424) 622-8532 View (424) 622-8532
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
Hosted by Lea Roussos
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
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 View (855) 284-7075
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 ...
Hosted by Josephine McNary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
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
These PHP-type groups are for doctoral level licensed healthcare professionals, residents, and medical students. Support and professional monitoring services may be included.
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
During this pandemic it is important to have affordable mental healthcare. I will be providing virtual processing groups available for 25 dollars a session. (must live in CA) Group will be a safe space where clients can explore and process ...
Hosted by Ashley Alpert
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
During this pandemic it is important to have affordable mental healthcare. I will be providing virtual processing groups available for 25 dollars a session. (must live in CA) Group will be a safe space where clients can explore and process ...
(310) 363-7369 View (310) 363-7369
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, ...
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
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 ...
Hosted by The Happiness Psychiatrist | Sheenie Ambardar MD
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
The goal of this group is to help the individual members more deeply understand themselves and how they relate to others.
Hosted by Vahe Vartan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
The goal of this group is to help the individual members more deeply understand themselves and how they relate to others.
(424) 365-8357 View (424) 365-8357
Do you wish that you could live life with greater enthusiasm and enjoy each day more than you currently do? The good news is that science has identified key factors that can increase our happiness and well-being. Come learn exercises ...
Hosted by Rachel Fintzy Woods
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Do you wish that you could live life with greater enthusiasm and enjoy each day more than you currently do? The good news is that science has identified key factors that can increase our happiness and well-being. Come learn exercises ...
(310) 365-1632 View (310) 365-1632
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 ...
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
Motherhood changes everything. Who you thought you were before you decided to become a mother becomes altered in a way that may be impossible to articulate. Struggling with motherhood identity issues is a process every mother encounters. Who are you ...
Hosted by Christina Stein
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Motherhood changes everything. Who you thought you were before you decided to become a mother becomes altered in a way that may be impossible to articulate. Struggling with motherhood identity issues is a process every mother encounters. Who are you ...
(424) 570-2234 View (424) 570-2234
Coping skills and mindfulness CBT group to better manage anxiety including panic attacks, ocd and social anxiety
Hosted by Teal Foster
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Coping skills and mindfulness CBT group to better manage anxiety including panic attacks, ocd and social anxiety
(213) 370-5094 View (213) 370-5094
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
Adults with ADHD have a variety of challenges to productivity and interpersonal relationships. Past failures may have lead to low self esteem and shame. In this group you will learn more about ADHD, learn to accept your neurodiverse brain and ...
Hosted by Paula A Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
Adults with ADHD have a variety of challenges to productivity and interpersonal relationships. Past failures may have lead to low self esteem and shame. In this group you will learn more about ADHD, learn to accept your neurodiverse brain and ...
(424) 587-2544 View (424) 587-2544
This is a 14 week evidenced based group developed by researchers at UCLA. Groups are for teens and their parents and run concurrently. The focus is to help teens make and keep friends. Topics include: conversational skills, how to deal ...
Hosted by Alison Meredith Greiner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
This is a 14 week evidenced based group developed by researchers at UCLA. Groups are for teens and their parents and run concurrently. The focus is to help teens make and keep friends. Topics include: conversational skills, how to deal ...
(310) 683-4942 View (310) 683-4942
Hosted by Deirdre J. Newell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 905-8117 View (310) 905-8117
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 ...
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
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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.