Trauma and PTSD Support Groups in Chicago, IL

Food for Heart Therapy, PLLC
As a therapy and wholistic wellness center, we integrate evidence-based and trauma informed practices—somatic experiencing, art, music, dance/movement, yoga/mindful meditation, and creative writing—with clients to nurture and reconnect their minds and bodies in this disconnected world. Our priority is to ...
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Hosted by Michelle Ahmed
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60604
As a therapy and wholistic wellness center, we integrate evidence-based and trauma informed practices—somatic experiencing, art, music, dance/movement, yoga/mindful meditation, and creative writing—with clients to nurture and reconnect their minds and bodies in this disconnected world. Our priority is to ...
(630) 349-4846 View (630) 349-4846
Transformative Creative Writing Group
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 ...
Photo of Matt Smith, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Matt Smith
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60661
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 View (312) 548-9309
Resilient Remembrance: Sexual Trauma Support
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 ...
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Hosted by Sondra Malling
Counselor, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60641
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 View (872) 259-7076
Trauma Skills Group
Trauma can have a lasting impact on our sense of self, and leave us feeling stuck in the past, disconnected from who we want to be. We will focus on developing techniques for emotion and nervous system regulation - empowering ...
Photo of Samantha Perry, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Samantha Perry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
Trauma can have a lasting impact on our sense of self, and leave us feeling stuck in the past, disconnected from who we want to be. We will focus on developing techniques for emotion and nervous system regulation - empowering ...
(872) 278-5088 View (872) 278-5088
Mind Body Co-op Group Schedule
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 ...
Photo of Kellie Rice, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Kellie Rice
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PsyD, CGP, CMHIMP
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
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 View (312) 516-2495
Body Positive Aerial Arts Workshop
Connect to your body through play with aerial silks. Explore the felt sense connection between your body and emotion. What's your body trying to tell you? Slow down your racing thoughts and encourage self-compassion through set intention. Strengthen your adaptability ...
Photo of Sarah Elizabeth Anderson, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chicago, IL
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. Explore the felt sense connection between your body and emotion. What's your body trying to tell you? Slow down your racing thoughts and encourage self-compassion through set intention. Strengthen your adaptability ...
(773) 873-2494 View (773) 873-2494
Living in Healing
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 ...
Photo of Trashona Fowler, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Trashona Fowler
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60620
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) 754-4367 View (773) 754-4367
Complex Trauma Therapy Group
GROUP OBJECTIVES: Provide space to process and explore how Complex Trauma impacts day-to-day life, ?Explore and discuss how Complex Trauma impacts our brains and holds itself in our bodies, ??Learn and practice regulation skills to manage trauma responses ?,?Discuss strategies ...
Photo of Wesley Walker, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Wesley Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60618
GROUP OBJECTIVES: Provide space to process and explore how Complex Trauma impacts day-to-day life, ?Explore and discuss how Complex Trauma impacts our brains and holds itself in our bodies, ??Learn and practice regulation skills to manage trauma responses ?,?Discuss strategies ...
(312) 561-4386 View (312) 561-4386
Mind-Body Connection Workshops
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 ...
Photo of Erin Trainor, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Erin Trainor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60614
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 View (872) 204-1501
Emotion Focused Therapy Institute
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 ...
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Hosted by Rhonda N Goldman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60601
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 View (773) 839-6685
Social Workers Support Circle
Experiencing stress, burnout, moral injury, and/or disillusionment with the social work field? Bring your grief, joy, rage… all feelings welcome! This group is for students and new social workers, as well as seasoned folks. It is NOT clinical supervision or ...
Photo of Rebecca Ogle, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Rebecca Ogle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60640
Experiencing stress, burnout, moral injury, and/or disillusionment with the social work field? Bring your grief, joy, rage… all feelings welcome! This group is for students and new social workers, as well as seasoned folks. It is NOT clinical supervision or ...
(872) 233-4599 View (872) 233-4599
Caregiver Group (FASD)
Raising a child with a FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) or neurobehavioral disability, who struggles with emotional and behavioral challenges, can be exhausting & isolating. Find understanding, community, and support to help navigate parenting your child with a brain-based disability. ...
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Hosted by Janessa Nikols
MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60631
Raising a child with a FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) or neurobehavioral disability, who struggles with emotional and behavioral challenges, can be exhausting & isolating. Find understanding, community, and support to help navigate parenting your child with a brain-based disability. ...
(773) 923-0754 View (773) 923-0754
Support Group Non-Binary/Transgender Individuals
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 ...
Photo of Wioleta Koziol, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Wioleta Koziol
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60618
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 View (773) 906-4186
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
Glaser & Randhawa Mental Health Group
Photo of Rossana Sierra-Swiech, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Rossana Sierra-Swiech
Counselor, PhD, LCPC
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 241-1008 View (872) 241-1008
Help for the Helpers
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 ...
Photo of DeVona Alleyne, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Hosted by DeVona Alleyne
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MDiv
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60601
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 View (312) 967-9076
Children of Immigrants Process Group
Build community and process your lived experiences as an adult child of immigrants.
Photo of Suzanne Zoheri Chopra, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Suzanne Zoheri Chopra
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
Build community and process your lived experiences as an adult child of immigrants.
(312) 728-2116 View (312) 728-2116
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 Dr. Mallory Primm, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
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
Trauma Skills Group (Virtual)
Trauma can have a lasting impact on our sense of self, and leave us feeling stuck in the past, disconnected from who we want to be. We will focus on developing techniques for emotion and nervous system regulation - empowering ...
Photo of Paige Burk, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hosted by Paige Burk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60602
Trauma can have a lasting impact on our sense of self, and leave us feeling stuck in the past, disconnected from who we want to be. We will focus on developing techniques for emotion and nervous system regulation - empowering ...
(312) 376-4556 View (312) 376-4556
The Urban Counselor
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), ...
Photo of The Urban Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Hosted by The Urban Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, MSEd
Verified Verified
Group meets in Chicago, IL 60607
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 View (773) 694-8088
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.