Depression Support Groups in Chicago, IL

Men's Therapy Group
This group may be a great fit for you if you're looking for a supportive space to increase connection. Meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings starting in January 2018, this is a group for male identified persons with the goals of: ...
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Hosted by Benjamin Schwartz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60604
This group may be a great fit for you if you're looking for a supportive space to increase connection. Meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings starting in January 2018, this is a group for male identified persons with the goals of: ...
(312) 548-9356 View (312) 548-9356
Caregiver Support Group
You never expected or planned to become a full time caregiver to your partner or parent, and this shift often brings loneliness, anger, or loss. Role reversal can be scary and hard to navigate, as you take on new responsibilities ...
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Hosted by Anya Drew
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
You never expected or planned to become a full time caregiver to your partner or parent, and this shift often brings loneliness, anger, or loss. Role reversal can be scary and hard to navigate, as you take on new responsibilities ...
(312) 883-9113 View (312) 883-9113
Lakeview Therapy Group
LTG works with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. As strength-based therapists, we believe that you have the solutions to your life challenges. Our job is to help you access those strengths and use them in ways that allow ...
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Hosted by Vanessa Bradden
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60657
LTG works with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. As strength-based therapists, we believe that you have the solutions to your life challenges. Our job is to help you access those strengths and use them in ways that allow ...
(773) 770-6762 View (773) 770-6762
A Write to Heal - Inner-Child Healing
This group will utilize writing as a therapeutic tool to work through inner-child healing and growth. This will be an intimate, safe-space to explore the use of creativity, writing, and discussion to delve into pain and transform it into something ...
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Hosted by Jasmin Portaz
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
This group will utilize writing as a therapeutic tool to work through inner-child healing and growth. This will be an intimate, safe-space to explore the use of creativity, writing, and discussion to delve into pain and transform it into something ...
(312) 874-5597 View (312) 874-5597
Teacher / Educator Support Group
This is a VIRTUAL, open ongoing support group designed to help teachers cope with the challenges of our new reality: sporadic distance learnings, spotty attendance, students who are missing key skills, and unsupportive administrators to name a few. This group ...
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Hosted by Best Therapies
Treatment Center, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60618
This is a VIRTUAL, open ongoing support group designed to help teachers cope with the challenges of our new reality: sporadic distance learnings, spotty attendance, students who are missing key skills, and unsupportive administrators to name a few. This group ...
(773) 250-3135 View (773) 250-3135
Inter-Acting Peer Group
Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ...
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Hosted by Grace Oczon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60614
Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ...
(872) 204-1322 View (872) 204-1322
Playing In Practice: a mixed gender therapy group
This trauma-informed therapy group integrates exercises and principles from improvisation and clowning (physical theater) with process-oriented group psychotherapy to deepen group members’ capacity to play, to be present, and to connect to themselves and to one another. Every group session ...
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Hosted by Victoria Te You Moore
Counselor, LCPC, CGP, AGPA-F
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60604
This trauma-informed therapy group integrates exercises and principles from improvisation and clowning (physical theater) with process-oriented group psychotherapy to deepen group members’ capacity to play, to be present, and to connect to themselves and to one another. Every group session ...
(630) 937-2905 View (630) 937-2905
Mom's group
In this group we will focus on the challenges of being a mom. We will utilize a variety of different treatment modalities targeted to build upon identified strengths. This group will be a way to meet other mom's and express ...
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Hosted by Raquel Flores-Maki Active Therapies, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60659
In this group we will focus on the challenges of being a mom. We will utilize a variety of different treatment modalities targeted to build upon identified strengths. This group will be a way to meet other mom's and express ...
(773) 649-9730 View (773) 649-9730
Elevate + Flow Psychosomatic Aerial Arts Classes
Connect to your body through play with aerial silks (low to ground). Explore the connection between your body and emotion. Slow down your racing thoughts and encourage self-compassion with mindfulness. Strengthen your adaptability and boundary setting ability through safe, low ...
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Hosted by Sarah Elizabeth Anderson
Pre-Licensed Professional, BFA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60630
Connect to your body through play with aerial silks (low to ground). Explore the connection between your body and emotion. Slow down your racing thoughts and encourage self-compassion with mindfulness. Strengthen your adaptability and boundary setting ability through safe, low ...
(773) 873-2494 View (773) 873-2494
New Light Individual and Family Counseling
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Hosted by Rameya Shanmugavelayutham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60614
(860) 281-1133 x5 View (860) 281-1133 x5
Recently Divorced and Divorcing Women
Photo of Rob Gellman, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Rob Gellman, MS, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60643
(872) 206-3435 View (872) 206-3435
Monday Evening Psychodrama Group
Would you like to: Be kinder to yourself or others? Decrease depression and/or anxiety? Understand and change the role you play in your relationships? Increase self-confidence? This group uses psychodrama and action methods to express feelings safely, explore and challenge ...
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Hosted by Dr. Mallory Primm
Psychologist, PsyD, CP
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
Would you like to: Be kinder to yourself or others? Decrease depression and/or anxiety? Understand and change the role you play in your relationships? Increase self-confidence? This group uses psychodrama and action methods to express feelings safely, explore and challenge ...
(312) 300-6965 View (312) 300-6965
Inter-Acting Peer Group- Virtual
Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ...
Photo of Ashley Robinson, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Ashley Robinson
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60614
Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ...
(872) 241-1065 View (872) 241-1065
Take Heart Therapy
This is a private practice with a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Art Therapist on staff. It is located in Rogers Park, dedicated to serving the community around it and all individuals seeking a more fulfilled, balanced life.
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Hosted by Audra K Eisin-Banazek
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, ATR
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60626
This is a private practice with a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Art Therapist on staff. It is located in Rogers Park, dedicated to serving the community around it and all individuals seeking a more fulfilled, balanced life.
(773) 830-3164 View (773) 830-3164
Steadfast Healing
In 2008, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After the better part of a year, I went into remission, and I realized I wanted to work with other cancer fighters. I went back to school and earned my Master in ...
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Hosted by Defiant Growth Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60657
In 2008, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After the better part of a year, I went into remission, and I realized I wanted to work with other cancer fighters. I went back to school and earned my Master in ...
(872) 201-3597 View (872) 201-3597
Embrace and Thrive: teen support/skills group
Welcome to "Embrace and Thrive," a transformational group designed exclusively for teenagers seeking to enhance their social and emotional understanding of life. This empowering program offers a supportive and dynamic space where teens can develop essential tools for navigating their ...
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Hosted by Adam Mills
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60657
Welcome to "Embrace and Thrive," a transformational group designed exclusively for teenagers seeking to enhance their social and emotional understanding of life. This empowering program offers a supportive and dynamic space where teens can develop essential tools for navigating their ...
(872) 245-0143 View (872) 245-0143
Clarity Clinic
Making the decision to seek counseling services can be difficult and also worthwhile. The welcoming staff at Clarity Clinic is ready to pair you and your loved ones with skilled and supportive professionals that will empower you to reach your ...
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Hosted by Pavan Prasad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60611
Making the decision to seek counseling services can be difficult and also worthwhile. The welcoming staff at Clarity Clinic is ready to pair you and your loved ones with skilled and supportive professionals that will empower you to reach your ...
(312) 487-2724 View (312) 487-2724
Monday Evening Psychodrama Group
Would you like to: Be kinder to yourself or others? Decrease depression and/or anxiety? Understand and change the role you play in your relationships? Increase self-confidence? This group uses psychodrama and action methods to express feelings safely, explore and challenge ...
Photo of Brittany Lakin-Starr, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Brittany Lakin-Starr
Psychologist, PhD, TEP
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
Would you like to: Be kinder to yourself or others? Decrease depression and/or anxiety? Understand and change the role you play in your relationships? Increase self-confidence? This group uses psychodrama and action methods to express feelings safely, explore and challenge ...
(312) 818-2187 View (312) 818-2187
Climbing Psychotherapy Group
Have you ever wondered about the benefits of rock climbing on your mental health? This group will gather weekly for 2 hours to learn about the mind-body connection, integrate these concepts on the climbing wall, and build community with fellow ...
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Hosted by Hannah Rosenbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60640
Have you ever wondered about the benefits of rock climbing on your mental health? This group will gather weekly for 2 hours to learn about the mind-body connection, integrate these concepts on the climbing wall, and build community with fellow ...
(773) 839-3326 View (773) 839-3326
Chicago Psychological Health Center, LLC
Chicago PHC is dedicated to providing ethical, confidential, and helpful therapy to those in need. We have a dozen therapists that have specialties across the board. Please contact us for more information.
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Hosted by Tom Alcock
Psychologist, PsyD, CADC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago PHC is dedicated to providing ethical, confidential, and helpful therapy to those in need. We have a dozen therapists that have specialties across the board. Please contact us for more information.
(872) 206-9613 View (872) 206-9613
Depression Support Groups

What is the goal of therapy for depression?

Therapy for depression has several major goals. One is to relieve the mental pain of depression, which distorts feeling and thinking so that sufferers cannot see beyond their current state of mind or envision feeling better. Another is to give people the mental tools to recognize and correct the kinds of distorted thinking that turn a problem into a catastrophe and lead to despair. Therapy also teaches people how to process negative emotions in constructive ways, so they have more control over their own emotional reactivity. And it helps people regain the ability to see themselves positively, the motivation to do things, and the capacity for pleasure.

What happens in therapy for depression?

Perhaps most important, no matter the type of therapy, patients form an alliance with the therapist; that connection is therapeutic in itself, plus it becomes an instrument of change. Patients learn to identify and to challenge their own erroneous beliefs and thoughts that amplify the effects of negative experiences. They learn to identify situations in which they are especially vulnerable. And they learn new patterns of thinking and behaving. They may be given “homework” assignments in which they practice their developing skills. In addition, good therapists regularly monitor patients to assess whether and how much the condition is improving.

What therapy types help with depression?

Several types of short-term therapy have been found effective, each targeting one or more areas of dysfunction. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps clients challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, learn new behavioral strategies, and curb reactivity to distressing situations. Behavioral activation (BA) is a form of therapy often used in conjunction with CBT; it focuses on engagement in rewarding activity as a pathway to changing negative feelings and disturbed mood. Another widely used approach is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which targets the social difficulties that both give rise to and get exacerbated by depression. Therapists may combine approaches as needed.

Can therapy for depression be done online?

Studies have found that online therapy can be highly effective for treating depression, although it may be more challenging to build a good therapist-patient alliance on screen than in person—at least at first. However, online therapy can offer considerable advantages. Accessibility and convenience are tops among them. Some people actually find it easier to talk about problems online than in person. While online therapy typically limits visibility of facial expression and body gestures that give important nonverbal cues to a patient’s state of mind, it can give therapists a glimpse into a patient’s world and life, providing information that can be highly useful in guiding therapy.

How effective is therapy for depression?

Many studies show that therapy is highly effective provided that patients complete the prescribed course of therapy, commonly 16 to 20 sessions. Over the long term, it is more effective than medication and the effects are more enduring. As a result, psychotherapy has the power not just to relieve current suffering but to prevent future episodes of the disorder. Therapy reverses the dysfunction in neural circuitry that disposes individuals to a negative view of themselves, the world, and their future and they acquire coping techniques, problem-solving skills, and understanding of their own vulnerabilities that are useful over the course of a lifetime.