Depression Support Groups in Santa Monica, CA

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CalPsychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
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"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 Echo Park, Pasadena, Santa Monica, ..."
(310) 935-0754
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ethical Vegan Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
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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CalPsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
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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Neuro Wellness Spa Santa Moncia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Verified
"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, IV ketamine, Spravato & more. We are proud to ..."
(844) 505-3635
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Recovery Support
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CEDS-S, EMDR
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Verified
"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
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Explore Inside-Insight Through Art Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR, MBA
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"Experiential Art Therapy group developed to increase insight and emotional well being "
(310) 415-3416
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Women's Mindfulness and Process group: online
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
"In mindfulness, we focus our awareness in the now, creating space to observe our emotions, thoughts and bodily sensations. In process, we explore individually and together the experiences, feelings, and meanings created in our lives to find connectedness and space ..."
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Long-Term or Recent Experience of Loss
Psychologist, PhD
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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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DBT skills and Process group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
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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Santa Monica Psychotherapy Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
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Verified
"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
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Women's Group Monday Nights
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, NMP, CGP
Verified
Verified
"This women's therapy group meets for 75 minutes each week. It offers a therapeutic environment where members can learn how to skillfully put their thoughts and feelings into words while discussing topics like: anxiety, depression , parenting, relationship issues, workplace challenges, ..."
(310) 846-8954
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Online Adult Process Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC, MA, CGP
Verified
Verified
"This Interpersonal/Psychodynam ic group is open to Adults of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The group meets online, allowing for easier access and consistency to engage in self-reflective work on a range of subjects ..."
(323) 208-0961
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Wednesday Co-ed Group Therapy CA & TX
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, NMP, CGP
Verified
Verified
"This group is a co-ed online process group, open to anyone residing in California or Texas. It provides a therapeutic environment where members can learn how to skillfully put their thoughts and feelings into words while discussing topics like: anxiety, ..."
(310) 846-8954
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Co-ed Group California and Texas Online
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, NMP, CGP
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Verified
"This group is a co-ed online process group, open to anyone residing in California or Texas. It provides a therapeutic environment where members can learn how to skillfully put their thoughts and feelings into words while discussing topics like: anxiety, ..."
(310) 846-8954
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Virtual Psychedelic Integration Group
Psychologist
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Verified
"This is an open group, specifically designed for people who are doing psychedelic integration work either on their own or with another provider. The group meets weekly, and focuses on supporting the integration of members ongoing psychedelic experience. "
(424) 625-7538
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Weekly Women's Online Self-Compassion Group
Psychiatrist, MD
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Verified
"Our weekly online Women’s Self-Compassion group teaches assertiveness, self-compassion, & self-esteem skills in a friendly, nonjudgmental environment. You will learn how to value your voice, how to lessen codependent behaviors, and how to build a loving relationship with yourself. Participants ..."
(424) 581-0623
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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CalPsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
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 Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Echo ..."
(310) 935-0754
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Women's Empowerment Group - Mondays 6pm
Psychologist, JD, PhD, CGP
Verified
Verified
"Have you unleashed all your potential? Are you as good as you can be? Join one of these groups and improve your self-image as you build confidence and gain emotional strength and well-being. Groups meet once a week for 90 ..."
(424) 332-0012
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Neuro Wellness Spa Santa Moncia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Verified
"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, IV ketamine, Spravato & more. We are proud to ..."
(310) 620-1898
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Group meets in:
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Neuro Wellness Spa Santa Moncia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Verified
"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, IV ketamine, Spravato & more. We are proud to ..."
(424) 400-6739
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Group meets in:
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Depression Support Groups
Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite. It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experience.

Despite feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, depression is a treatable condition. It can be treated with psychotherapy. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

Psychotherapy addresses the thinking patterns that precipitate depression, and studies show that it prevents recurrence. Drug therapy is often helpful in relieving symptoms, such as severe anxiety, so that people can engage in meaningful psychotherapy.


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.