Support Groups in California

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Yoga Mind/Body Wellness
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Please see website and select Institute of Yoga Psychology. "
(442) 239-1174
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Group meets in:
Oceanside, CA 92054
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Friends & Family of People with Eating Disorders
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS-S
Verified
Verified
"This support and education group for friends and family of people with eating disorders and related eating or body issues has been in existence since 2011. People who love people with eating disorders can benefit from having their own space ..."
(818) 388-2355
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Group meets in:
Studio City, CA 91604
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Coping with Chronic Pain
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
"Does chronic pain limit your life? Do you find it difficult to enjoy the activities and people you used to? Are you depressed and tired? Or anxious about the pain? You don't have to manage it alone! If you are ..."
(408) 583-5898
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Group meets in:
Campbell, CA 95008
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art therapy group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"Unique group where art materials are used to explore emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of self. Safe atmosphere, carefully desighned assignments, and creative spirit produce healing, awareness and growth. Groups are apropriate for anyone. "
(818) 616-8049
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Group meets in:
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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Happier Being
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"Every human being can become a happier being! Improved happiness produce far more benefits than simply feeling good; it has shown to better health, weight, relationships, productivity and success. Thus, it is the learning of how to increase your happiness ..."
(818) 493-1993
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Group meets in:
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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Mindfulness for Anxiety
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"I am currently forming a new group geared towards helping people work with anxiety by incorporating mindfulness techniques into their daily lives. We focus on breathing techniques to reduce anxious symptoms, cultivating an open, nonjudgmental awareness, and developing self-compassion, among ..."
(818) 479-3100
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Group meets in:
Encino, CA 91316
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TMS Wellness Group
Treatment Center, MD, MFTs, LCSWs, PhDs, PsyD
"Specializing in non-invasive therapies for Depression, Anxiety, OCD and other. Including Homeopathy, Therapy and Neurofeedback. "
(657) 255-8408
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Group meets in:
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Waitlist for new clients
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Equine Therapy-building self-esteem/social skills
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT , MS, PPSC
Verified
Verified
"This group takes place at Bollinger Ranch in San Ramon. Clients interact with horses to help reduce anxiety, depression, grief, and build self-esteem, social skills, positive communication and feedback. The growth clients experience is unbelievable. "
(510) 600-2538
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Group meets in:
San Ramon, CA 94583
Waitlist for new clients
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Neuro Wellness Spa South Torrance
Psychiatrist, MD
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) 233-1296
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Group meets in:
Torrance, CA 90505
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SABI Pathways Holistic Wellness
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Sara Ashley Baker Integrative Pathways is committed to providing a down-to-earth environment for conscious individuals to explore their mind, body & soul on a deeper level. We believe that through the integration of holistic practices you can build more loving ..."
(760) 904-3171
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Group meets in:
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Foresight Mental Health
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
"Foresight is a mental health and wellness clinic providing patients with a wide range of treatment and services related to improving mental health and lifestyle. We are a team of psychiatrists, therapists, software engineers, bioengineers, and researchers with a mission ..."
(720) 410-5754
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Group meets in:
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Foresight Mental Health
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Foresight helps you find your path to mental wellness. We’re a community of mental health experts who offer a dynamic range of care that flexes with your particular needs and goals. Our team includes licensed therapists, psychiatric providers, researchers, a ..."
(747) 302-2819
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Group meets in:
Encino, CA 91436
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Pre/post transplant recipients
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"As an organ transplant recipient, I have personal experience in navigating the medical and emotional aspects of organ transplantation. I have noticed an extreme deficiency in support groups for our demographic, which can lead to feelings of isolation. Those who ..."
(707) 563-6744
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Group meets in:
Benicia, CA 94510
Not accepting new clients
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Self Esteem Group for Women
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"VIRTUAL group for women who are struggling with self-esteem issues. This group is led by a licensed clinical psychologist for women who struggle with symptoms of low self-esteem including: self-deprecating thoughts, negative internal talk, inappropriate guilt, self-blame, and feelings of ..."
(951) 227-7871
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Group meets in:
Temecula, CA 92592
Not accepting new clients
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Moving Through Emotional Crisis Group
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"Offering a blend of didactic skill based training and supportive group process, the Moving Through Emotional Crisis Group offers support to anyone suffering from intense depression, anxiety or trauma related symptoms. This 90 minute group is divided into approximately 30 ..."
(707) 663-4250
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Group meets in:
Oakland, CA 94602
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A Place of Growth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
(858) 519-8002
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92108
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Divorce Care
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, BC-TMH
Verified
Verified
"Whether you filed or you were blind-sided, particular needs develop when facing a separation or divorce. Lawyers will let you ramble as they charge up your bill. Come hash out the emotions, network for support, get questions answered and develop ..."
(424) 365-9074
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Group meets in:
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Waitlist for new clients
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Women's Metamorphosis
Marriage & Family Therapist, BSN, MAPsych, RN, LMFT
Verified
Verified
"Women experience the transformational power of self discovery, validation and attention. The group uses expressive arts, SoulCollage©, poetry and prose to reveal the hidden treasures within themselves. In a supportive, caring environment, participants share their vulnerability, courage and authenticity leading ..."
(831) 278-4714
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Group meets in:
Monterey, CA 93940
Waitlist for new clients
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Substance Abuse Group
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC, MS
Verified
Verified
"This is a group for patients with substance abuse problems. The group is open to all genders over the age of 18. The group uses evidence-based therapies in a group setting to help patients overcome substance abuse. The group meets ..."
(650) 481-9778
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Group meets in:
San Jose, CA 95127
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Men's Group
Psychologist, PhD, BCB
Verified
Verified
"Our men's process groups are like a "social laboratory" in which 6-8 men have the chance to give and get feedback and open up about their experiences. Group members are high functioning professional guys who generally experience some level of ..."
(858) 298-3726
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92121

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