Support Groups in Chicago, IL

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Mindfulness Yoga Group for Stress & Anxiety
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, RYT-200
Verified
"Quiet the noise of your busy life with simple tools for stress management. We will explore breathing methods to chip away at the tendency to dwell entirely in your head. With gentle yoga poses, mindfulness, meditation and music to help ..."
(312) 584-8715 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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PAWS Chicago Pet Loss Support Group HEAL
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"Dr. Curotto leads a FREE community-based virtual support group where you can share your experience with other pet parents. To RSVP, please contact Thomas Gentleman at PAWS-Chicago Assistant Director of Adoptions at 773-935-7297 or tgentleman@pawschicago.or g "
(312) 229-0656 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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Partners for Change, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"We are a long-established and respected psychotherapy practice composed of active, experienced, licensed therapists in downtown Chicago. Averaging more than 25 years of experience, the counselors in our practice are assertive, engaged professionals who help our clients feel better, develop ..."
(773) 219-3592 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Young Adult Process Group (Thursday Bi-weekly)
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
"GROUP IS AT CAPACITY. This cohesive process group includes young adults (20's-30's) who are coping with a wide variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, work-stress, relationship issues, and family conflict. Through positive peer support, empathetic feedback, access to diverse ..."
(872) 231-3820 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
"CBT is designed to assist participates in identifying and managing maladaptive thoughts that influence behaviors and emotions. The development of these thought patterns serve as an organizational template that can become problematic in many areas of our lives. CBT will ..."
(312) 360-1983 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60604
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In Process
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
"This is an ongoing process group that would provide a safe environment to promote an understanding of yourself and others in relationships. The group is meant to provide you the opportunity to explore patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving that ..."
(312) 586-9934 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Sexual Trauma Process Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"This is a long-term, open process group for female survivors of sexual trauma that incorporates some skill-building, grounding techniques, and body-centered interventions when appropriate. Participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear other ..."
(872) 215-4639 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
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Maribel Eggleston Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
(312) 516-2314 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Reflect & Restore Yoga Process Group
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, RYT 200
Verified
"This group is open to everyone. Restorative Yoga to regulate the nervous system and take time to intentionally end your week and enter your weekend. This offers individuals the opportunity to reflect on your experiences and verbalize your intentions in ..."
(872) 259-4576 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Process Group for Female Survivors of IPV
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
"Confidence and Skill-building Process Group for Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Designed for the woman with a history of emotional, physical, and/or sexual trauma. Process-oriented group therapy, blending trauma-informed, interpersonal, and cognitive-restructuring concepts to help women cope meaningfully ..."
(773) 207-4336 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
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healthy image group - 11-13
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"The group focuses on self-esteem and coping strategies for girls ages 11-13. "
(312) 248-9490 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657
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Center for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"I am the founder of the Center for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. We offer insight-oriented psychotherapy for those seeking greater understanding of themselves and their world. Please browse our website at www.psychodynamicchicago. com "
(847) 865-9243 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60640
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Empowerment & Consciousness Raising Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"This group provides an emotionally safe and supportive environment that is both trauma and diversity focused and informed where group members learn how to explore and practically addressing the impact of systemic violence and oppression on their lives through discussing ..."
(773) 900-7266 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
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DBT en espanol,
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified
"Programa online para el equilibrio emocional. Aprenda estrategias y habilidades prácticas, probadas por la ciencia para ayudar a reducir el sufrimiento emocional, equilibrar las emociones, mejorar las relaciones y crear una vida más plena para usted. Habilidades DBT • ..."
(773) 295-0215 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60623
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Girl, Same. Women in Acadmia Support Group
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified
"Sexism is cross-disciplinary: Support should be, too! This virtual, weekly group is an opportunity to connect with women in different disciplines and roles as you navigate the unique challenges of being a woman in academia. Share strength, wisdom, and strategies ..."
(317) 214-0591 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60610
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Delve Psychotherapy Men's Process Group
LPC Intern
Verified
"Let’s face it, men. We’ve been raised to believe we have to fit squarely inside “the man box.” We're told that to be a real man we have to be in control, powerful, stoic, athletic, and successful. And we certainly ..."
(773) 234-1463 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60660
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Bullet Journaling Group
Counselor, LPC
Verified
"Wanting to get a creative and practical practice of tracking, meeting goals, and accountability? Our most popular group therapy workshop series uses art, journaling, and intention setting to meet goals, give gratitude, and take care of our physical, mental, and ..."
(773) 974-6272 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60613
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Bereavement Group
LPC Intern
Verified
"You can feel lost after the death of someone you loved. If you need help as you mourn your loss, reach out to us. Amber is here to help you learn how to grieve. This group is for Illinois residents ..."
(312) 728-7301 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
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Performers and Anxiety
Psychiatrist, MD, FAAP
Verified
"Unique People, Unique Pressures. There is Strength in numbers! Collaboratively work through difficult emotions as a small community. Call for pricing + details. "
(312) 625-5373 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60603
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New Light Individual and Family Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
(860) 281-1133 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614


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