Support Groups in Santa Monica, CA

COVID-19 Support Group via Teletherapy
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
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 ...
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
Healing Heartbreak and Dealing with Dating
Did you experience a break-up? Are you having a hard time getting over your ex and can’t stop thinking about them? Are you feeling isolated and alone? Do you feel like you can no longer talk to family and friends ...
Hosted by Sara Lichstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90401
Did you experience a break-up? Are you having a hard time getting over your ex and can’t stop thinking about them? Are you feeling isolated and alone? Do you feel like you can no longer talk to family and friends ...
(805) 427-8479 View (805) 427-8479
Teen Girls Virtual Support Group
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. ...
Hosted by Brittany Couture
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PsyD, AMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
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 View (424) 239-1783
Gnostic Pneumatherapy®
Hosted by J. Lancaster
Psychologist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
(661) 349-9328 View (661) 349-9328
Meditation Process Group
In the group you will get in touch with different aspects some of which are listed below: Create awareness of the specific thoughts you carry throughout the day. Is your mood where you would like it to be? Is your ...
Hosted by Dafi Shanti
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90402
In the group you will get in touch with different aspects some of which are listed below: Create awareness of the specific thoughts you carry throughout the day. Is your mood where you would like it to be? Is your ...
(424) 587-2147 View (424) 587-2147
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
Introduction to Dream Tending Workshop
Have you ever wondered what your dreams say about you and your life experiences? While dreams provide insight and greater self awareness, the dream tending process connects us to our intuition and creative intelligence. Join us for an introductory dream ...
Hosted by Allison Duplechain
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90405
Have you ever wondered what your dreams say about you and your life experiences? While dreams provide insight and greater self awareness, the dream tending process connects us to our intuition and creative intelligence. Join us for an introductory dream ...
(818) 485-2627 View (818) 485-2627
CBT for Anxiety
Are you struggling with anxiety and looking for tools you can use now? Whether it be social anxiety, general anxiety, phobias, or panic attacks, this group breaks down the concepts of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in a way that you ...
Hosted by Stephanie Gilbert
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90406
Are you struggling with anxiety and looking for tools you can use now? Whether it be social anxiety, general anxiety, phobias, or panic attacks, this group breaks down the concepts of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in a way that you ...
(323) 765-3712 View (323) 765-3712
Art of Happiness
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
PEERS® social skills group for teens
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
Reflective Parenting Group
12 week Reflective Parenting Workshop Dates -TBA
Hosted by Margaret Dunham
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
12 week Reflective Parenting Workshop Dates -TBA
(424) 265-4710 View (424) 265-4710
Trauma Process Group
I offer recurring 8 week trauma groups focused on exploring complex, relational and developmental traumas. Clients may participate in one or more 8 week series. Concurrent individual therapy is typically required to ensure members have adequate support; referrals can be ...
Hosted by Ava Rose
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
I offer recurring 8 week trauma groups focused on exploring complex, relational and developmental traumas. Clients may participate in one or more 8 week series. Concurrent individual therapy is typically required to ensure members have adequate support; referrals can be ...
(424) 324-3596 View (424) 324-3596
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 ...
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
Ketamine Therapy
Hosted by Kevin Simonson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Santa Monica, CA 90403
(424) 306-0269 View (424) 306-0269
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, ...
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
Adolescent Group
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
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.