Depression Support Groups in Chicago, IL

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DBT Skills Training
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
"Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment for a number of issues including anxiety, depression , addiction, and relationship problems. DBT is different than many other forms of treatment because it emphasizes learning and building concrete ..."
(312) 765-7115
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60604
Not accepting new clients
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Evening Psychodrama Group
Psychologist, PhD, TEP
Verified
Verified
"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
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
Not accepting new clients
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Recently Divorced and Divorcing Women
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
(872) 206-3435
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60643
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Women's Mental Wellness Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Foundations Counseling, LLC has developed a Women’s Mental Wellness Group. This groups is geared towards providing women with a safe space to discuss a variety of topics including; psycho-education (understanding symptoms and triggers), mental wellness approaches, setting healthy boundaries, engaging ..."
(773) 839-4035
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60643
Evening Psychodrama Group
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD, CP
Verified
Verified
"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
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Center for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
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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Group Psychotherapy
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"Adult supportive group psychotherapy. The focus is on coping mechanisms, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression and relationship issues "
(773) 537-4371
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
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Inter-Acting Peer Group- Virtual
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
"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
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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Poetry Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Do you want to get to know yourself better? And improve your self-esteem? If you're looking to nurture your relationship with yourself, you've come to the right place. Through guided journaling inspired by evocative poetry, you can deepen this relationship. ..."
(872) 213-7998
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60647
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Teacher / Educator Support Group
Treatment Center, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"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
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
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Climbing Psychotherapy Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"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
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60640
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PHP/IOP aftercare group
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"This virtual group is for those looking to maintain skills learned in PHP and IOP. Returning to work/school can be a challenge after being in a program and we would like to help you navigate the challenges and assist with ..."
(224) 263-1525
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
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College Support Group
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC
Verified
Verified
"This group is an open space for fem and non-binary college students - age 19-24 - to build connections, give and receive support, and process feelings. Any topic is open to exploring; some of these may be: building and maintaining ..."
(773) 692-9748
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
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Meditation for Anxiety and Depression
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"I offer a meditation group for adults who are interested in using breathing and visualization techniques to help mitigate the effects of depression and anxiety. This has been a very effective tool for many individuals when used in conjunction with ..."
(773) 417-5330
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60610
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Mind-Body Connection Workshops
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
"A series of workshops for Trauma survivors and those struggling with Anxiety/ Depression . The purpose of these workshops is to provide participants with tools to manage dysregulation and build trust between their Minds and Bodies. Movements are Yoga based. Schedule as ..."
(872) 204-1501
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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Support Group for BIPOC Women
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified
Verified
"This support group is for BIPOC women ages 25-35 who have experienced exacerbated anxiety due to economic and racial stress during COVID-19. This group will help provide community as well as empowerment and tools to succeed. Are you a wage ..."
(773) 694-1175
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
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Virtual Acceptance and Committment Therapy Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Learn basics of six core concepts over 6 weeks by video, experiential learning, guided meditation, discussion of real life examples. "
(872) 704-8098
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
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Chicago Psychological Health Center, LLC
Psychologist, PsyD, CADC
Verified
Verified
"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
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60611
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Clarity Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Verified
"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
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60611
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Lake Park Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Lake Park Counseling is a psychotherapy practice, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. We serve a diverse, eclectic area, including the University of Chicago academic community, and clientele in and beyond the Hyde Park neighborhood. LPC uses a ..."
(708) 501-6963
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60615

Depression Support Groups
Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite. It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experience.

Despite feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, depression is a treatable condition. It can be treated with psychotherapy. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

Psychotherapy addresses the thinking patterns that precipitate depression, and studies show that it prevents recurrence. Drug therapy is often helpful in relieving symptoms, such as severe anxiety, so that people can engage in meaningful psychotherapy.


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.