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San Francisco, CA 94102
"Join Wellspace SF psychologist Dr. Nina Eisenberg and a community of other moms in this newly forming support circle. Share your authentic experience, receive non-judgmental support, and gain tools and resources to help you navigate the challenges, and celebrate the ..."
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"Join Wellspace SF psychologist Dr. Nina Eisenberg and a community of other moms in this newly forming support circle. Share your authentic experience, receive non-judgmental support, and gain tools and resources to help you navigate the challenges, and celebrate the ..."
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Host: Dr. Dan Zuiches, PhD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94115
"I currently have 2 openings in a newly forming interpersonal process group for clients in their 20s and early 30s dealing with depression, anxiety, and relationships. This is a high-functioning co-ed younger adult group looking for clients with a capacity ..."
(415) 488-8372
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"I currently have 2 openings in a newly forming interpersonal process group for clients in their 20s and early 30s dealing with depression, anxiety, and relationships. This is a high-functioning co-ed younger adult group looking for clients with a capacity ..."
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Host: Dr. Juli Fraga, PsyD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94114
"6-week postpartum support group facilitated at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. "
(415) 690-7976
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"6-week postpartum support group facilitated at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. "
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Host: Ms. Anne Diedrich, MS, MFT
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94110
"Breaking the Cycle of Depression is a six week group to prevent relapse of depression, using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy techniques (MBCT). MBCT is an innovative, clinically proven treatment that encourages patients to play an active role in preventing the return ..."
(415) 944-3945
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"Breaking the Cycle of Depression is a six week group to prevent relapse of depression, using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy techniques (MBCT). MBCT is an innovative, clinically proven treatment that encourages patients to play an active role in preventing the return ..."
Host: Dr. Mary Deyo, MA, PsyD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94114
"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 ..."
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"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 ..."
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Host: Dr. Kevin Orzech, PsyD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94104
"These Men's groups are supportive and challenging settings to receive frank, empathetic feedback from other men within a confidential and growing space. One group is composed of straight identified men, the other predominantly gay men. You make use of the ..."
(510) 606-8993
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"These Men's groups are supportive and challenging settings to receive frank, empathetic feedback from other men within a confidential and growing space. One group is composed of straight identified men, the other predominantly gay men. You make use of the ..."
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Host: Dr. Joseph Chung, PsyD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94104
"Stress is ever present in all of our lives, however, there is a fine line between basic day to day stress and prolonged debilitating stress. Feeling chronically stressed will take a toll on our bodies, minds, and relationships, sometimes without ..."
(415) 799-5848
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"Stress is ever present in all of our lives, however, there is a fine line between basic day to day stress and prolonged debilitating stress. Feeling chronically stressed will take a toll on our bodies, minds, and relationships, sometimes without ..."
Host: Dr. Mary Deyo, MA, PsyD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94114
"Evidence based treatment strategies for managing Bipolar Mood Disorders. Education and skills provided, as well as support from fellow group members. For people living with Bipolar Disorder, the unique setting of a safe, open space allows for profound connection and ..."
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"Evidence based treatment strategies for managing Bipolar Mood Disorders. Education and skills provided, as well as support from fellow group members. For people living with Bipolar Disorder, the unique setting of a safe, open space allows for profound connection and ..."
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Host: Mr. Robert Schene, MFT, CGP
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94122
""Tending the Fire Within:" A depth and intimacy-oriented group where we embrace and explore issues that men often find themselves struggling with. We share and learn to work with our anger, shame, loneliness, fear, grief and sense of power in ..."
(415) 702-0949
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San Francisco, CA 94122
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""Tending the Fire Within:" A depth and intimacy-oriented group where we embrace and explore issues that men often find themselves struggling with. We share and learn to work with our anger, shame, loneliness, fear, grief and sense of power in ..."
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Host: Dr. Sidney A Edsall, MD, DABMA
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94114
"Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group is a mindfulness skills-building and meditation group, structured to reflect the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group, infused with discussions and teaching of cognitive skills for people who have struggled ..."
(415) 903-1898
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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"Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group is a mindfulness skills-building and meditation group, structured to reflect the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group, infused with discussions and teaching of cognitive skills for people who have struggled ..."
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Host: Dr. Trevor M Ahrendt, PsyD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94123
"Group therapy is therapy's best kept secret. Group teaches you to embrace intimacy, deal with conflict, change relationship patterns, and connect with others in ways no other therapy offers. This group is for high-functioning individuals who want to develop more ..."
(510) 587-9221
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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"Group therapy is therapy's best kept secret. Group teaches you to embrace intimacy, deal with conflict, change relationship patterns, and connect with others in ways no other therapy offers. This group is for high-functioning individuals who want to develop more ..."
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Host: Dr. Kate Hellenga, PhD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94103
"Support, education and stress management for the sandwich generation -- adults who are managing or providing care for aging relatives, in addition to their other responsibilities. "
(628) 333-7534
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San Francisco, CA 94103
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"Support, education and stress management for the sandwich generation -- adults who are managing or providing care for aging relatives, in addition to their other responsibilities. "
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Host: Dr. Melinda Tyler, MD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94118
"PAWC's provider group is among the largest in CA and includes only Board Certified or Licensed Practitioners. Our doctors focus on your needs and feelings, while PAWC collaborates with you, your doctor and insurers to keep administration smooth and easy. ..."
(415) 304-8907
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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"PAWC's provider group is among the largest in CA and includes only Board Certified or Licensed Practitioners. Our doctors focus on your needs and feelings, while PAWC collaborates with you, your doctor and insurers to keep administration smooth and easy. ..."
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Host: Ms. Julia Altman, PMH-NP, MSN, RN
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94102
"Welcome to our San Francisco Bay Area psychiatry practice, offering psychotherapy and medication consultation, rooted in an integrative psychiatry model. We use the term "integrative" to describe a holistic approach to psychiatric care that draws upon conventional Western and complementary ..."
(415) 914-1170
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"Welcome to our San Francisco Bay Area psychiatry practice, offering psychotherapy and medication consultation, rooted in an integrative psychiatry model. We use the term "integrative" to describe a holistic approach to psychiatric care that draws upon conventional Western and complementary ..."
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Host: Ms. Lois Friedlander, LMFT, CGP, MT-BC
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94118
"This is an ongoing process group that focuses on examining significant relationships in all aspects of life; family, personal, partner, social, work, school, faith and spirit. The members are thoughtful and insightful, and support each other's efforts as they practice ..."
(415) 813-4015
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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"This is an ongoing process group that focuses on examining significant relationships in all aspects of life; family, personal, partner, social, work, school, faith and spirit. The members are thoughtful and insightful, and support each other's efforts as they practice ..."
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Host: Dr. Meena Rajendren, MD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94118
"Psychiatric Alternatives' intake process matches your needs with the right practitioner or referral. Setting up insurance payment with patient copay is a breeze, in most cases. During your treatment, practitioners and staff work together well to create a seamless care ..."
(415) 326-1696
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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"Psychiatric Alternatives' intake process matches your needs with the right practitioner or referral. Setting up insurance payment with patient copay is a breeze, in most cases. During your treatment, practitioners and staff work together well to create a seamless care ..."
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Host: Dr. Art Raisman, PhD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94115
"Group for Mental Health Professionals and Trainees. SF, Thursday morning (currently meeting on Zoom). This group is intended to promote a richer understanding of oneself through the perceptions of other members; greater awareness of one's impact on others in both ..."
(415) 569-7286
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"Group for Mental Health Professionals and Trainees. SF, Thursday morning (currently meeting on Zoom). This group is intended to promote a richer understanding of oneself through the perceptions of other members; greater awareness of one's impact on others in both ..."
Host: Dr. Rose F Sneed, PsyD
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94104
"Are you distressed by the challenges of work? Frustrations with co-workers, conflicts with leaders, or just burned out by the grind of working so hard? Our Well At Work group will give you an opportunity to learn coping skills that ..."
(510) 953-5726
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"Are you distressed by the challenges of work? Frustrations with co-workers, conflicts with leaders, or just burned out by the grind of working so hard? Our Well At Work group will give you an opportunity to learn coping skills that ..."
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Host: Blue Humming Therapy
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94108
"BHT Stress Management is an innovative stress management program with which we can offer the holistic and customized care for each client. BHT therapists have been concerned that clients often feel overwhelmed by too much stress management information, or continue ..."
(833) 300-0192
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San Francisco, CA 94108
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"BHT Stress Management is an innovative stress management program with which we can offer the holistic and customized care for each client. BHT therapists have been concerned that clients often feel overwhelmed by too much stress management information, or continue ..."
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Host: Ms. Pauline Wakeham, LCSW, SEP
Group meets in:
San Francisco, CA 94127
"Self-Compassion is a way to train the heart and Mind to respond to life's difficult moments with kindness and compassion rather than self-criticism and judgment. It can be learned by anyone, it provides emotional strength and resilience, makes it easier ..."
(510) 377-1082
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San Francisco, CA 94127
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"Self-Compassion is a way to train the heart and Mind to respond to life's difficult moments with kindness and compassion rather than self-criticism and judgment. It can be learned by anyone, it provides emotional strength and resilience, makes it easier ..."

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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 by depression support groups in San Francisco. 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?
San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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.