Host: Mrs. Elisa J Lee, LCPC, NBCC
Group meets in:
Berwyn, IL 60402
"This group focuses on relaxing the mind and learning new techniques to manage life disturbances. "
(773) 825-6535
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Berwyn, IL 60402
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"This group focuses on relaxing the mind and learning new techniques to manage life disturbances. "
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Host: Positive Solutions Counseling Service, LCSW
Group meets in:
Homewood, IL 60430
"BEING SUPPORTIVE AND RAISING AWARENESS: YOU ARE INVITED TO A GROUP THAT IS PROMOTING BLACK MEN'S EMOTIONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND MENTAL WELL BEING!! THIS GROUP IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A FREE, ACCEPTING, CARING AND COMPASSIONATE SPACE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN TO ..."
(708) 426-1102
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Homewood, IL 60430
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"BEING SUPPORTIVE AND RAISING AWARENESS: YOU ARE INVITED TO A GROUP THAT IS PROMOTING BLACK MEN'S EMOTIONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND MENTAL WELL BEING!! THIS GROUP IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A FREE, ACCEPTING, CARING AND COMPASSIONATE SPACE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN TO ..."
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Host: Ms. Cecily Marie Neita, MA, LCPC, NCC
Group meets in:
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 419-3718
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Homewood, IL 60430
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Host: Natiya Lozano, MS, LCPC, R-DMT, BC-TMH, RYT-200
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
"Integrating the mind, body, and spirit through art, movement, and verbal processing to expand upon one’s recovery and exploration of self, this verbal and nonverbal process group deepens healing through expression and fostering your inherent creativity. Facilitated by Natiya Lozano, ..."
(217) 284-2731
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Chicago, IL 60602
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"Integrating the mind, body, and spirit through art, movement, and verbal processing to expand upon one’s recovery and exploration of self, this verbal and nonverbal process group deepens healing through expression and fostering your inherent creativity. Facilitated by Natiya Lozano, ..."
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Host: Ms. Carrie Ann Carr, MA, LCPC, LPC-S, LPCMHSP
Group meets in:
Palos Heights, IL 60463
"I provide intensive, holistic treatment for those seeking to address chronic issues that stem from past trauma. These intensives can be scheduled for 1-3 days in length and include EMDR Therapy, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, equine therapy, etc. Participants must be ..."
(662) 536-6210
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Palos Heights, IL 60463
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"I provide intensive, holistic treatment for those seeking to address chronic issues that stem from past trauma. These intensives can be scheduled for 1-3 days in length and include EMDR Therapy, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, equine therapy, etc. Participants must be ..."
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Host: Ms. Britt Raphling, LCPC, CGP
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657
"This is an online training group for therapists interested in group dynamics includes discussion of cases and other professional issues, as well as experiential learning based on the psychodynamic processes that occur within the group. A group practice is not ..."
(773) 599-1908
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Chicago, IL 60657
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"This is an online training group for therapists interested in group dynamics includes discussion of cases and other professional issues, as well as experiential learning based on the psychodynamic processes that occur within the group. A group practice is not ..."
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Host: Mr. Andrew Mahoney, MS, LCPC
Group meets in:
Park Ridge, IL 60068
"I have been providing adolescent group for over 25 years. The groups are designed to work on issues realted to Deprsssion, Anxiety, social issues, achievemnt, OCD,ADHD and learning problems. The groups are always 6 members or less. Groups meet in the ..."
(703) 493-0932
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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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"I have been providing adolescent group for over 25 years. The groups are designed to work on issues realted to Deprsssion, Anxiety, social issues, achievemnt, OCD,ADHD and learning problems. The groups are always 6 members or less. Groups meet in the ..."
Host: Ms. Nadia Greenspan, LCPC, NCC, CGP
Group meets in:
Evanston, IL 60201
"Intensive psychotherapy group for young adults (early 20s to early 30s) going through life transitions who are interested in growing a healthy sense of self and developing authentic connections with their peers. Topics include: familial relationships, performance, academic and career ..."
(847) 865-9311
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Group meets in:
Evanston, IL 60201
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"Intensive psychotherapy group for young adults (early 20s to early 30s) going through life transitions who are interested in growing a healthy sense of self and developing authentic connections with their peers. Topics include: familial relationships, performance, academic and career ..."
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Host: Dr. Trent L Culver, PysD, CADC
Group meets in:
Palatine, IL 60074
"This group is designed for individuals with high functioning autism spectrum disorders who are interested in meeting new friends and expanding their areas of interest. This group will provide the opportunity for teenagers & young adults to develop a social ..."
(847) 327-0704
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Palatine, IL 60074
"This group is designed for individuals with high functioning autism spectrum disorders who are interested in meeting new friends and expanding their areas of interest. This group will provide the opportunity for teenagers & young adults to develop a social ..."
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Host: Ms. Brittany Gardner, MSW, LCSW
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
"(Virtual) This course is aimed at teaching and expanding upon foundational social skills. Our instructors create a safe, fun place for participants to explore their social & leadership skills without judgement. This isn’t a class for participants with social skills ..."
(872) 204-1469
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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"(Virtual) This course is aimed at teaching and expanding upon foundational social skills. Our instructors create a safe, fun place for participants to explore their social & leadership skills without judgement. This isn’t a class for participants with social skills ..."
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Host: Dr. Amanda M. Rios, PsyD, LMFT
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
"CORE welcomes men & women between the ages of 18 - 65 to join us in an ongoing relationship process group. This group focuses on building awareness within yourself and helping others do the same. Explore your relationships, and enhance ..."
(312) 470-4302
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
"CORE welcomes men & women between the ages of 18 - 65 to join us in an ongoing relationship process group. This group focuses on building awareness within yourself and helping others do the same. Explore your relationships, and enhance ..."
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Host: Ms. Nancy K Smith, LCSW, CSAT, CIRT, C-EMDR
Group meets in:
Evanston, IL 60202
"Most therapists are trained in one or two areas of therapy. But clients come to therapy seeking help with a variety of issues, many of which are in need of specialized knowledge. For years, I treated clients generically for issues ..."
(312) 548-7882
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Group meets in:
Evanston, IL 60202
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"Most therapists are trained in one or two areas of therapy. But clients come to therapy seeking help with a variety of issues, many of which are in need of specialized knowledge. For years, I treated clients generically for issues ..."
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Host: Mr. Daniel Lovan, MA
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
"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 ..."
(312) 586-9934
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
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"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 ..."
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Host: Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Trilogy, LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, LPHA, MA
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60649
"This group meets once per week to learn skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. "
(312) 764-1017
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60649
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"This group meets once per week to learn skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. "
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Host: Intake Coordinator
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60642
"In a culture where it can be difficult to talk about loss, this grief support group offers a space where you can talk freely and without judgment. During the weekly group sessions, you will also be able to find companionship ..."
(888) 839-9317
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60642
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"In a culture where it can be difficult to talk about loss, this grief support group offers a space where you can talk freely and without judgment. During the weekly group sessions, you will also be able to find companionship ..."
Photo of Jake Colton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Jake Colton, LCSW, CADC
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60611
"This group is for men that are struggling with alcohol, heroin, meth, cocaine, and prescription meds (e.g. Adderall, Xanax, Vicodin), sex, and gambling. A commitment to abstinence is NOT required to attend the group as some members have goals of ..."
(801) 719-5036
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60611
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"This group is for men that are struggling with alcohol, heroin, meth, cocaine, and prescription meds (e.g. Adderall, Xanax, Vicodin), sex, and gambling. A commitment to abstinence is NOT required to attend the group as some members have goals of ..."
Host: Alan R Graham, PhD, PCC, MCAC
Group meets in:
Park Ridge, IL 60068
"This is a 6 week friendship group focused on improving social skills for kids on the Autism spectrum, run by Michelle Kator, LCSW. The group is designed to provide social opportunities for group members while giving them a chance to ..."
(847) 278-2055
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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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"This is a 6 week friendship group focused on improving social skills for kids on the Autism spectrum, run by Michelle Kator, LCSW. The group is designed to provide social opportunities for group members while giving them a chance to ..."
Photo of Staci Berman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Ms. Staci Berman, LMFT
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
"This is an 8-week course (including one retreat day) that gives participants skills and tools for how to be kinder to oneself when things don't go so well in life. Based off of the research and work of Drs. Kristin ..."
(312) 313-3862
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
"This is an 8-week course (including one retreat day) that gives participants skills and tools for how to be kinder to oneself when things don't go so well in life. Based off of the research and work of Drs. Kristin ..."
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Host: Tonja Horn, MSW, LCSW
Group meets in:
Oak Park, IL 60302
"Covid-19 Update: TRH Counseling is currently in the process of migrating Diabetes Groups online. Please reach out for more details! Diabetes Support Groups are designed to help those living with diabetes as well as those helping a loved one living ..."
(708) 487-0719
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Group meets in:
Oak Park, IL 60302
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"Covid-19 Update: TRH Counseling is currently in the process of migrating Diabetes Groups online. Please reach out for more details! Diabetes Support Groups are designed to help those living with diabetes as well as those helping a loved one living ..."
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Host: Crystal Smith, IMFT, LCSW, IBHC, LCPC
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60607
"International Behavioral Health We have 6 providers. 3 male. 3 Female. - All providers are licensed in the field of behavioral health. - 3 LCSW (licensed clinical social workers) 2 (Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist) 1 Clinical Psychologist - We ..."
(844) 868-1267
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60607
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"International Behavioral Health We have 6 providers. 3 male. 3 Female. - All providers are licensed in the field of behavioral health. - 3 LCSW (licensed clinical social workers) 2 (Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist) 1 Clinical Psychologist - We ..."

What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Cook County 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 Cook County 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 Cook County 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 Cook County 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 Cook County 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.