Support Groups in Ames, IA

Photo of Pamela Sue Brown, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ames, IA
Adult children of aging parents
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LISW
Verified
"Varied topics related to aging and family caregiving. There is NO CHARGE for attending but reservations are required due to space limitations. "
(515) 446-7330 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
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Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"We provide a full spectrum of outpatient care for substance abuse issues in all three of our office locations. We provide assessment (including DOT SAP assessments), individual counseling, extended outpatient groups, and intensive outpatient group counseling for substance abuse. Give ..."
(515) 635-4156 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
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Ames Psychological Wellness Center
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
"We are a team of licensed psychologists serving Ames, Iowa and surrounding communities. We understand that life can be very challenging and take unexpected turns. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and explore your struggles with others. ..."
(515) 505-1997 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50014
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DBT Skills and Processing Group for Teens
CADC, PsyD, LISW, PhD, ARNP
"This group is for 13 to 18-year-olds struggling with anxiety, depression, impulsivity, self-destructive behaviors, and more. Participants will learn strategies to tame intense emotions, manage stress, live mindfully, and improve relationships. "
(515) 715-4895 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
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Ames Creative Healing Counseling, PLC
Counselor, LMHC, ATR
Verified
"Create a space where the individuals, families, and the community can grow to practice acceptance, respect, inclusion, empowerment, and authenticity. Ames Creative Healing Counseling uses these core values to drive our work. Everyone has the right to mental health care. ..."
(515) 993-7893 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50014
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12-Hour Impaired Drivers Education Course
CADC, PsyD, LISW, PhD, ARNP
"The 12-Hour Impaired Drivers Education Course is required by the Iowa Department of Transportation for anyone with an impaired driving offense. We utilize the Prime for Life curriculum, which is a program based on research and provides information and support ..."
(515) 715-4895 
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Ames, IA 50010
Ehler's Danlos Peer-Led Support Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MDiv, LCSW, LISW
Verified
"The EDS Peer-Led Support Group Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 1 pm - 2 pm. Please contact Jocelyn Wilson at 515.338.2929 if you would like to participate, or if you have questions. "
(515) 338-2929 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Domestic Violence Clinician-Led Therapy Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MDiv, LCSW, LISW
Verified
"This is a clinician-led therapy group for people of all gender identifications who have current or past experience of partner abuse. This group is also for people who are questioning the health of their current intimate partnership. Please contact Jocelyn ..."
(515) 338-2929 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
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Mood Management Group: Currently running! 10 weeks
Counselor, PhD, MD, LMHCs, NCC, ACS
Verified
"Group therapy for mood management helps clients learn to cope with negative changes and emotions, improve relationships, and manage mood more effectively. Ames Therapy & Consulting Services Group therapy combines informal discussion about moods and formal lectures regarding the mood/thought ..."
(515) 393-4982 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
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Photo of Pamela Sue Brown, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ames, IA
Adult children of aging parents
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LISW
Verified
"Varied topics related to aging and family caregiving. There is NO CHARGE for attending but reservations are required due to space limitations. "
(515) 446-7330 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Photo of Warren H Phillips, Psychologist in Ames, IA
Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"We provide a full spectrum of outpatient care for substance abuse issues in all three of our office locations. We provide assessment (including DOT SAP assessments), individual counseling, extended outpatient groups, and intensive outpatient group counseling for substance abuse. Give ..."
(515) 635-4156 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Photo of Nichole Olson, Psychologist in Ames, IA
Ames Psychological Wellness Center
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
"We are a team of licensed psychologists serving Ames, Iowa and surrounding communities. We understand that life can be very challenging and take unexpected turns. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and explore your struggles with others. ..."
(515) 505-1997 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50014
Photo of Central Iowa Psychological Services in Ames, IA
DBT Skills and Processing Group for Teens
CADC, PsyD, LISW, PhD, ARNP
"This group is for 13 to 18-year-olds struggling with anxiety, depression, impulsivity, self-destructive behaviors, and more. Participants will learn strategies to tame intense emotions, manage stress, live mindfully, and improve relationships. "
(515) 715-4895 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Photo of Kaitlyn McDonald, Counselor in Ames, IA
Ames Creative Healing Counseling, PLC
Counselor, LMHC, ATR
Verified
"Create a space where the individuals, families, and the community can grow to practice acceptance, respect, inclusion, empowerment, and authenticity. Ames Creative Healing Counseling uses these core values to drive our work. Everyone has the right to mental health care. ..."
(515) 993-7893 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50014
Photo of Central Iowa Psychological Services in Ames, IA
12-Hour Impaired Drivers Education Course
CADC, PsyD, LISW, PhD, ARNP
"The 12-Hour Impaired Drivers Education Course is required by the Iowa Department of Transportation for anyone with an impaired driving offense. We utilize the Prime for Life curriculum, which is a program based on research and provides information and support ..."
(515) 715-4895 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Ehler's Danlos Peer-Led Support Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MDiv, LCSW, LISW
Verified
"The EDS Peer-Led Support Group Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 1 pm - 2 pm. Please contact Jocelyn Wilson at 515.338.2929 if you would like to participate, or if you have questions. "
(515) 338-2929 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Domestic Violence Clinician-Led Therapy Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MDiv, LCSW, LISW
Verified
"This is a clinician-led therapy group for people of all gender identifications who have current or past experience of partner abuse. This group is also for people who are questioning the health of their current intimate partnership. Please contact Jocelyn ..."
(515) 338-2929 
View
Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Photo of Ames Therapy & Consulting, PC, Counselor in Ames, IA
Mood Management Group: Currently running! 10 weeks
Counselor, PhD, MD, LMHCs, NCC, ACS
Verified
"Group therapy for mood management helps clients learn to cope with negative changes and emotions, improve relationships, and manage mood more effectively. Ames Therapy & Consulting Services Group therapy combines informal discussion about moods and formal lectures regarding the mood/thought ..."
(515) 393-4982 
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Group meets in:
Ames, IA 50010
Waitlist for new clients


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