Host: Debbie Cohen, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Calabasas, CA 91302
"What is loss? Broken heart, parent's divorce, death of a friend, family member, or even pet? It could be a variety of different losses happening at the same time. In this 8 week group we talk about loss, what it ..."
(323) 900-0757
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Calabasas, CA 91302
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"What is loss? Broken heart, parent's divorce, death of a friend, family member, or even pet? It could be a variety of different losses happening at the same time. In this 8 week group we talk about loss, what it ..."
Host: Dr. Ted Cosse, PsyD
Group meets in:
Pasadena, CA 91101
"Loss is a painful part of the human experience. You may feel the impact in various ways: difficulty healing; feeling isolated; or feeling stuck and unable to move on. You may also have difficulty engaging with or finding comfort in ..."
(626) 539-9857
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Group meets in:
Pasadena, CA 91101
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"Loss is a painful part of the human experience. You may feel the impact in various ways: difficulty healing; feeling isolated; or feeling stuck and unable to move on. You may also have difficulty engaging with or finding comfort in ..."
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Host: Dr. Azmaira H Maker, PhD
Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92130
"Join an ongoing, 1 a week, psychotherapy group for any type of pregnancy loss for couples and/or women only. The group will focus on grieving the loss, and exploring and healing the impact on your self and relationships. You will ..."
(858) 367-0931
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92130
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"Join an ongoing, 1 a week, psychotherapy group for any type of pregnancy loss for couples and/or women only. The group will focus on grieving the loss, and exploring and healing the impact on your self and relationships. You will ..."
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Host: Angela Topcu, LMFT
Group meets in:
Fremont, CA 94536
"Being in the presence of others who are living through loss can be deeply comforting and supportive. Groups are educational and process orientated so that members can learn about the grief process while also finding a safe haven among fellow ..."
(510) 771-7382
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Group meets in:
Fremont, CA 94536
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"Being in the presence of others who are living through loss can be deeply comforting and supportive. Groups are educational and process orientated so that members can learn about the grief process while also finding a safe haven among fellow ..."
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Host: Ms. Shannon O'Shea, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Grass Valley, CA 95945
"Parents coming together to support one another as we sit together and support each other as we explore bearing the unbearable and speak the unspeakable and experience the reality of unimaginable .... Why We Grieve....Because we love "
(530) 477-3426
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Group meets in:
Grass Valley, CA 95945
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"Parents coming together to support one another as we sit together and support each other as we explore bearing the unbearable and speak the unspeakable and experience the reality of unimaginable .... Why We Grieve....Because we love "
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Host: Dr. Nnenna Ndika, PhD
Group meets in:
Fresno, CA 93703
"Being a caregiver for a family member who has chronic medical issues can be very rewarding; and yet, the responsibilities are stressful and oftentimes the caregiver may feel alone, overwhelmed or exhausted by the daily challenges. This group will help ..."
(559) 927-7007
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Group meets in:
Fresno, CA 93703
"Being a caregiver for a family member who has chronic medical issues can be very rewarding; and yet, the responsibilities are stressful and oftentimes the caregiver may feel alone, overwhelmed or exhausted by the daily challenges. This group will help ..."
Host: Ms. Jessica Peters Malmberg, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
"In this group we create a place to bring the deep sadness and love that comes with loss of an infant. Through telling your story, and listening to others, we create a safe place to feel the broad range of ..."
(707) 587-2223
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Group meets in:
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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"In this group we create a place to bring the deep sadness and love that comes with loss of an infant. Through telling your story, and listening to others, we create a safe place to feel the broad range of ..."
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Host: Mrs. Laura L Sullivan, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Folsom, CA 95630
"I meet with Bereaved Mom's on a weekly basis. This is a grief support group. This group provides a balance of processing, support and grief education. "
(916) 382-7304
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Group meets in:
Folsom, CA 95630
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"I meet with Bereaved Mom's on a weekly basis. This is a grief support group. This group provides a balance of processing, support and grief education. "
Photo of Marianne Shine Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Marianne Shine Therapy, MA, LMFT, RDT, CHT
Group meets in:
Mill Valley, CA 94941
"Children leaving home can cause a particular kind of grief that can take parents and caregivers by surprise. This 3-week group will explore what's coming up for you and how to shift roles from hands-on parenting to finding a new ..."
(415) 650-1780
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Group meets in:
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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"Children leaving home can cause a particular kind of grief that can take parents and caregivers by surprise. This 3-week group will explore what's coming up for you and how to shift roles from hands-on parenting to finding a new ..."
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Host: Miriam Siyam, LCSW
Group meets in:
San Rafael, CA 94901
"Despite the sad reality that many women under 40 have experienced the death of a spouse, there are not many professionally facilitated groups dedicated to women in this age bracket. I am forming a virtual (online) group dedicated to these ..."
(415) 521-2063
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Group meets in:
San Rafael, CA 94901
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"Despite the sad reality that many women under 40 have experienced the death of a spouse, there are not many professionally facilitated groups dedicated to women in this age bracket. I am forming a virtual (online) group dedicated to these ..."
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Host: Linda H Mastrangelo, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Campbell, CA 95008
"Everyone grieves differently and there is no one ‘right’ answer for how to cope when someone you love dies. But you don’t need to be alone in this process. No matter how long you’ve been grieving, we offer a safe ..."
(408) 340-7712
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Group meets in:
Campbell, CA 95008
"Everyone grieves differently and there is no one ‘right’ answer for how to cope when someone you love dies. But you don’t need to be alone in this process. No matter how long you’ve been grieving, we offer a safe ..."
Photo of Patti Huber, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Ms. Patti Huber, LCSW, PPS
Group meets in:
Seal Beach, CA 90740
"Are you touched by adoption or foster care? Are you hoping to expand your family? Have you created your family through third-party reproduction? Do you wonder how to tell your child sensitive pieces of her story? Want to share in ..."
(657) 233-8374
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Group meets in:
Seal Beach, CA 90740
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"Are you touched by adoption or foster care? Are you hoping to expand your family? Have you created your family through third-party reproduction? Do you wonder how to tell your child sensitive pieces of her story? Want to share in ..."
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Host: Mrs. Sandra Feltner, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Auburn, CA 95603
"This is a support group for couples going through the stresses of infertility. Some issues include identifying and expressing feelings, reduction of stress by learning techniques such as guided imagery, meditation and deep breathing, becoming better informed about infertility and ..."
(530) 656-5296
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Group meets in:
Auburn, CA 95603
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"This is a support group for couples going through the stresses of infertility. Some issues include identifying and expressing feelings, reduction of stress by learning techniques such as guided imagery, meditation and deep breathing, becoming better informed about infertility and ..."
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Host: Laurel Connell, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Ventura, CA 93001
"Our group comes together to honor your loss while creating a space to share, receive support and connect with others who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy. Losing a pregnancy is often a loss that is undervalued in our ..."
(805) 242-0054
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Group meets in:
Ventura, CA 93001
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"Our group comes together to honor your loss while creating a space to share, receive support and connect with others who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy. Losing a pregnancy is often a loss that is undervalued in our ..."
Photo of Marina Walker Rose, PhD, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Dr. Marina Walker Rose, PhD, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92103
"Living with Chronic Illness: Navigating Two Worlds is a place of caring and compassion offering validation, insight and community for those living with chronic illness and the complex challenges and uniquely painful struggles it brings. Meeting virtually, members will be ..."
(619) 273-0483
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92103
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"Living with Chronic Illness: Navigating Two Worlds is a place of caring and compassion offering validation, insight and community for those living with chronic illness and the complex challenges and uniquely painful struggles it brings. Meeting virtually, members will be ..."
Photo of Denise Mechelle Owens, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Host: Mrs. Denise Mechelle Owens, AMFT, APCC
Group meets in:
Tustin, CA 92780
"The focus is on attachment and inner child work utilizing EMDR, expressive arts, and mindfulness techniques. This process group runs for 8 weeks with the opportunity to repeat if desired. Group meetings will be at 6 pm on Tuesdays from ..."
(714) 867-1181
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Group meets in:
Tustin, CA 92780
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"The focus is on attachment and inner child work utilizing EMDR, expressive arts, and mindfulness techniques. This process group runs for 8 weeks with the opportunity to repeat if desired. Group meetings will be at 6 pm on Tuesdays from ..."
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Host: Dr. Beth Alison Haynes, PhD
Group meets in:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
"Free support group sponsored by Hospice of the Conejo to help support those suffering this difficult loss. Working through this grief with others who understand your emotions can serve as a beginning to healing. Couples and individuals welcomed. Frequent issues ..."
(805) 351-4871
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Group meets in:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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"Free support group sponsored by Hospice of the Conejo to help support those suffering this difficult loss. Working through this grief with others who understand your emotions can serve as a beginning to healing. Couples and individuals welcomed. Frequent issues ..."
Photo of Carole A Chasin, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Carole A Chasin, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
"Grief support following the loss of a loved one by suicide. Meets weekly for one and a half hours. Date and time can change. Pre-group interview required. "
(424) 375-6335
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Group meets in:
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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"Grief support following the loss of a loved one by suicide. Meets weekly for one and a half hours. Date and time can change. Pre-group interview required. "
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Host: Ms. Marcia Pecora, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Long Beach, CA 90803
"This therapy group is an opportunity to process grief in a warm and supportive environment. The group is open to anyone who needs a safe space, community and tools to facilitate the grief process. This group is for people dealing ..."
(562) 444-1721
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Group meets in:
Long Beach, CA 90803
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"This therapy group is an opportunity to process grief in a warm and supportive environment. The group is open to anyone who needs a safe space, community and tools to facilitate the grief process. This group is for people dealing ..."
Host: Ms. Nancy M Gordon, LCSW, CLC
Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92120
"Alone in your grief? Surrounded by people who don't "get it" and expect you to "just get over it and move on". Groups are powerful vehicles of support, healing, and transformation. For pet parents who need grief support in facing ..."
(858) 952-0936
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Group meets in:
San Diego, CA 92120
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"Alone in your grief? Surrounded by people who don't "get it" and expect you to "just get over it and move on". Groups are powerful vehicles of support, healing, and transformation. For pet parents who need grief support in facing ..."

Grief Support Groups
Grief is the acute pain that accompanies loss. Because it is a reflection of what we love, it can feel all-encompassing. Grief is not limited to the loss of people, but when it follows the loss of a loved one, it may be compounded by feelings of guilt and confusion, especially if the relationship was a difficult one.

If you're looking for a California grief support group, these professionals provide grief therapy and counseling in California.

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.