"This outpatient group intends to offer individuals techniques and skills to identify, recognize, and manage the personal relapse warning signs that have led them from a stable life in recovery to active use. This is a psycho-educational experience based on ..."
"Self-care is a buzzword that therapists, social workers, advocates and counselors talk about but never quite carry out. This group brings them all together for accountability and confidentiality to process whatever we can't while guiding our clients. It will meet ..."
"Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides an opportunity to gain the skills necessary for identifying, experiencing and regulating emotions, in order to interact more effectively with ourselves and others. In this skills training group, discussions focus on managing emotions, learning to ..."
"This group aims to provide psychoeducation and group processing around sex and intimacy topics including: impact of sexual health and wellness on overall wellbeing, how our past sexual experiences impact our current relationships, and combatting stigma and diminishing guilt and ..."
"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 ..."
"This group can be uniquely helpful for gay, bi and queer men seeking to establish, enhance, or maintain relationships with other men, in a safe and supportive environment. Topics may include, but are not limited to: reducing isolation; managing sadness ..."
"Aujah means beautiful. And, here at Aujah Way, we are dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate life to find their own path- a beautiful path- using their inner strengths. Have a particular life obstacle you’re trying to overcome? Sometimes, ..."
"Helping professionals need help too! This group is open to all helping professionals in the Chicagoland area and is focused on community support. Participants can expect to explore topics such as compassion fatigue, burnout, navigating personal triggers and mental health ..."
"This is as a virtual group where we discuss shared issues, practice new ways of expressing and modify how we view ourselves. It is an interpersonal process group that can be particularly helpful for gay men seeking to learn how ..."
"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 ..."
"Having a baby can feel wonderful...but it can also feel overwhelming and stressful. This group is intended for women experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) often referred to as postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Non-walking babies are welcome and encouraged ..."
"We are a small groups practice dedicated to meeting the relational needs of Chicago. We have several clinicians who have focus on anxiety, depression, life transitions, family and couple relationships, and we are allies for the LGBTQ+ and BLM. "
"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 ..."
"Four clients will work with me in a teen group, ages 14- 18yrs, or an adult group, 19 yrs+, in weekly, 1-hour, online sessions for 8 weeks discussing substance use, why we use, if/how harmful, dealing w/others, and gain skills ..."
"An 8-week group for moms and babies (0-6 months), which will meet on Thursday afternoons. The group will provide a place for new moms to access support and to build a sense of community during the the major transition of ..."
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.