Support Groups in California

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Anger Management
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
"Anger is a normal emotion, but when it gets out of control and becomes damaging to your relationships, job and overall quality of life, it may be time to seek help. We offer a 52 week Anger Management / Emotional ..."
(909) 253-0116 
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Group meets in:
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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Caregiver Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
"We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tues of the month from 12-1pm "
(949) 393-4292 
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Group meets in:
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Foresight Mental Health
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
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 ..."
(310) 905-5736 
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Group meets in:
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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Ohana Family Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, MA
Verified
(805) 210-8711 
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Group meets in:
Simi Valley, CA 93063
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Live Your Vision
CHT, CRC
"Live Your Vision is a 2 1/2 day Weekend Intensive - clarifying your deepest desires, life purpose and releasing the things that stand in the way of manifesting it. Learn the technology of Manifesting Miracles and begin to bring into ..."
(925) 267-6313 
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Group meets in:
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Elevation Behavioral Health Outpatient Treatment
Treatment Center
Verified
"Elevation Behavioral Health offers mental health and addiction outpatient treatment programs and groups for those interested in attending at an outpatient level of care. Call for details. "
(860) 934-0244 
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Group meets in:
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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Foresight Mental Health
Marriage & Family Therapist
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 ..."
(855) 622-6839 
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Group meets in:
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Grief and Loss
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"This therapy group is an opportunity for you to process grief in a safe and supportive environment. The group is open to anyone who is seeking community and tools to facilitate the grief process. This group is open for people ..."
(949) 989-5172 
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Group meets in:
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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Sensible Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
"OC Behavioral Health is now Sensible Care. "
(714) 759-5358 
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Group meets in:
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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Peer Parenting Lab
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
"Joy, excitement, uncertainty and the unknown... Parenting is a multi-faceted experience that can pull us in various directions. With our peer parenting lab (tailored for parents of newborns through age 5), we intend to create a community of parents who ..."
(858) 465-7008 
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92103
Waitlist for new clients
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On Being a Mom during Covid: Coming soon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
"Being a mom is hard. Being a mom during a pandemic is unprecedented. I'd like to offer a place for moms to vent, cry, give and receive support. Mom, you don't have to do it alone. "
(415) 831-7691 
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Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Facebook Group: Anxiety Experts of Santa Barbara
Psychologist, PhD, CEDS
Verified
"Anxiety Experts is the Facebook group associated with my private practice. When you become a member, you benefit from daily Anxiety Tips and comments from other members. "
(805) 301-6025 
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Group meets in:
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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Women Rise
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
"Helping young women rise! Free group for teens age range from middle school to high school. "
(714) 709-2833 
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Group meets in:
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
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Dailectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Skills Training
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"VIRTUAL Dialectical behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group in San Jose . Learn Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional regulation and Distress Tolerance. In- person and virtual groups for individuals who participate in the full DBT program. Tuesdays 1-2:30 pm and Thursdays ..."
(408) 641-6424 
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Group meets in:
San Jose, CA 95126
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Meditation Intro for Stress Due to Illness.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"Meditation for survivors, care-givers and those living with life threatening and challenging illnesses. Cancer/Diabetes/Cardiac issues, etc. Deepen your mind body connection, reduce stress, increase well-being, calmness and clarity. Strengthen resiliency. Experienced, compassionate support. "
(530) 771-6615 
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Group meets in:
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Not accepting new clients
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Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CT
Verified
"This group is open to anyone supporting a loved one with Alzheimer's or related dementias. The focus includes sharing and understnading common feelings, grief, and practical information and resources. Group members help one another to reduce their isolation and share ..."
(650) 276-5441 
Group meets in:
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Sexual Abuse/Assault Survivor's Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, BCETS
Verified
"The Survivor's Group is for women who have survived childhood abuse and/or adult abuse including physical/sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, drug/alcohol addicted parents, rape, violent crimes, traumatic death of loved one(s), etc. The SASS Group is specific to sexual abuse, ..."
(323) 739-4987 
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Group meets in:
Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Rancho Counseling Center, Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMFT, PCCI, MFTI
Verified
"Rancho Counseling Center's providers perform a variety of different types of therapy directed to better help you through various struggles you may be facing. "
(951) 916-1085 
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Group meets in:
Temecula, CA 92591
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What About MOMMY?
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified
"Love being a new mom more...... Join other moms and babies in an opportunity for ongoing support and connection! Joining a group can help to answer questions, gain perspective, nurture friendships, reduce isolation, and enjoy interacting with your little one even more! The ..."
(424) 356-0067 
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Group meets in:
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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Writer's Process Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
"A group for writers to find support and understanding around obstacles to their work. "
(747) 223-8408 
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Group meets in:
Pasadena, CA 91101


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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.