Trauma and PTSD Support Groups in Chicago, IL

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The Urban Counselor
LCPC
Verified
Verified
"New Chicagoland area Black-owned private practice focusing on environmental and complex trauma . The Urban Counselor supports diversity, inclusion, and individualized trauma -focused care. Some of the populations served include marginalized and minority communities, individuals with legal/criminal history (probationers or court supervision), ..."
(773) 694-8088
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60607
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
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Intensive Outpatient Program
LCSW, CADC, CGP
Verified
Verified
"Chicago Pride Center offers our intensive outpatient program which provides individualized therapy, ongoing treatment education and support in LGBTQ/GE affirming group and individual setting to help establish a strong recovery foundation. IOP treatment includes ongoing assessment, group and individual therapy, ..."
(773) 492-8972
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60640
Not accepting new clients
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Integrative Trauma Recovery Group
Counselor, LCPC, SEP, LFYP, RYT500
Verified
Verified
"This group is for trauma survivors who have been in treatment with an individual therapist and would like to build a strong toolkit of skills to help with day-to-day emotional challenges. The group combines somatic psychotherapy, DBT and relational models ..."
(872) 713-0002
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60659
Not accepting new clients
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Living in Healing
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Verified
"This group provides individuals with an intimate space to connect with each other based on trauma experiences and general life experiences. This weekly group will provide data supported by evidence of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills modules to include Mindfulness, Distress ..."
(773) 992-1523
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60620
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Online Trauma Healing Groups
PhD, MS
"Our groups are designed to provide you with a safe space to share, process, and begin to mend the heart wounds from your past. Through the study of scripture, interactive activities, and healing rituals, participants walk away from this experience ..."
(773) 923-1303
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60637
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Trauma and Addiction Recovery Groups
Psychologist, PsyD, CADC, CGP
Verified
Verified
"My 17 trauma -focused psychotherapy groups provide therapeutic spaces to experience the transformative power of healing in community. Together, members identify and unpack deep attachment wounds, change self-destructive behavioral patterns, and enrich their lives. My model is strength- and resiliency-based. I ..."
(847) 906-2483
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Mind Body Co-op Group Schedule
Counselor, PsyD, CGP, CMHIMP
Verified
Verified
"In group therapy, we provide a safe space to explore the struggles in your relationships. We can help you identify patterns, find support in a group setting, and learn new ways of thinking about yourself. Group psychotherapy gives you the ..."
(312) 516-2495
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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Resilient Remembrance: Sexual Trauma Support
Counselor, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA
Verified
Verified
"Join other survivors of sexual trauma in exploring your unique creative process. Build coping and resiliency with mind-body tools, visual art, and creative self-expression. You may choose to engage in performance as therapy by sharing a creative representation of your ..."
(872) 259-7076
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60641
Not accepting new clients
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InPowered Therapy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"At InPowered Therapy we hold a deep sense of our shared humanity at the heart of the work we do. We believe everyone is the expert on themselves and that we all have the power to change, heal, and grow ..."
(847) 868-3322
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60625
Not accepting new clients
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Empowerment and Liberation Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"Starting this fall, the practice will be providing a process-oriented trauma therapy group that uses feminist, liberation, and critical psychology theories to explore the injustices in our lives and the ways in which we can empower ourselves and the people ..."
(872) 219-1124
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
Waitlist for new clients
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Mending Together
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"What wounds are you carrying, and where do these live in your mind and body? How can you tap into your brain's innate healing power to process the past and move forward? In Mending Together, Jacqueline will lead a group ..."
(872) 278-5111
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60640
Waitlist for new clients
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Emotion Focused Therapy Institute
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
"I am a founding board member of the international society of Emotion-focused therapy (iseft.org). The therapy is thoroughly researched and empirically supported for a variety of client groups. It takes a strong focus on deeper emotions, helping clients to transform ..."
(773) 839-6685
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
Waitlist for new clients
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Purity Culture Recovery Group
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"Did you know that some people who grew up in purity culture have symptoms that are similar to people who experienced childhood sexual abuse? The impact of a sexually shaming culture can be subtle, but leave deep wounds. This group ..."
(872) 239-3931
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60622
Waitlist for new clients
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Help for the Helpers
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MDiv
Verified
Verified
"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 ..."
(312) 967-9076
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
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Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage Art Therapy Group
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, ATCS, ATR-BC, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"[RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS] Art therapy is open to those who do not identify as artists or creatives. Art therapists believe that there is "no wrong art". If you can hold a pen, you can come. This virtual group uses weekly ..."
(872) 278-5206
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657
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Religious Trauma Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"A group for women and non-binary folx looking to process religious trauma in a group setting. Topics include purity culture, dating, deconstruction/deconversi on and spiritual abuse. "
(773) 232-0386
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60613
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Support Group Non-Binary/Transgender Individuals
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"At Koziol Therapy and Coaching, we are set to begin another round of our Support Group for Non-Binary/Transgender Individuals ($40.00 or insurance). Please check out our website at www.kozioltherapyandcoach ing.com and click on the Groups tab to learn more. We ..."
(773) 906-4186
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
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Transformative Creative Writing Group
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"The "Transformative Creative Writing Group" is an energetic, dynamic psycho-educational group that helps individuals use writing as a powerful tool to aid in personal reflection, self-cultivation, creativity, and healing. You may have something you wish to share or "vent." You ..."
(312) 548-9309
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60661
Not accepting new clients
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Trauma Consultation Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Starting Friday, May 6th from 10AM-12PM, we're offering an ongoing free consultation group for therapists & mental health professionals who focus on treating interpersonal trauma . We're looking to collaborate with other clinicians who use client-centered, feminist-relational, and anti-oppressive perspectives to ..."
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60647
Not accepting new clients

Trauma and PTSD Support Groups

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.




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.