Support Groups in Illinois

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Photo of Maura Maloney-Morales, Counselor in Illinois
Mirjam Quinn and Associates, Ltd.
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
(708) 398-9417 
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Group meets in:
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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Ghost Busters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
"Are you tired of dating, online dating, and "ghosting?" The dating landscape has changed. You are not alone in your struggles! Join "Ghost Busters" - a women's social group led by a therapist (a fun therapist!) where we can laugh, ..."
(847) 565-1557 
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Group meets in:
Grayslake, IL 60030
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Improv for Anxious Minds
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, C-DBT
Verified
"This group will ask you to be present and attentive as there will be a number of prompts, cues and instructions. These will be closed, 8-week groups. (This means you will start and finish with the same group members.) This ..."
(312) 471-0465 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60661
Waitlist for new clients
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Parenting Teens Wisely
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
"Parenting Teens Wisely is a program designed for caregivers of teens/tweens. Parents learn how to respond in a less reactive, more balanced way in order to create a home environment that brings out the best in their adolescents. Courses are ..."
(832) 233-2791 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60628
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ADHD/Autism Teen Social Skills Group
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC
Verified
"This group is dedicated to helping teens with ADHD/Autism develop powerful social and behavioral skills in order to help them form meaningful and deep relationships. Rather than learn how to “fit in” teens will learn the valuable skills of self-empathy, ..."
(847) 865-9956 
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Group meets in:
Northbrook, IL 60062
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Felice Block, MA, LCPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
"Personal Experience Provides Unique Insight & Understanding "
(224) 252-8065 
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Group meets in:
Long Grove, IL 60047
Waitlist for new clients
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I Sceam Social
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"The foundation of our social skills group is to 'meet & greet' each individual child at their own unique social and developmental level. Interventions are play based and focus on regulation, shared attention, social collaborations, flexibility, and pragmatic social language ..."
(630) 338-0578 
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Group meets in:
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
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Adventures in Self Therapy Group (meets bi-weekly)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
"Adult therapy group for men and women ages 35-58. Learn advanced communication and relationship skills through group feedback and process. Develop a healthy self- identity, and a genuine personality. Develop a connection to your creative and spiritual self. The group ..."
(708) 406-6651 
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Group meets in:
Oak Park, IL 60302
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LCSW Supervision Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"Are you in pursuit of your LCSW? Allow me to help you with that. We would meet 4 hours during the month. Contact me via phone/email so we can customize a meeting time which supports your need. Group sessions and ..."
(708) 498-7868 
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Group meets in:
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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Moving Through it
Counselor, LCPC, CADC, MISAII
Verified
"e will be running a 8 week run/walk training and educational techniques group for adults and adolescents. Groups starting September 10, 2016 "
(708) 325-4853 
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Group meets in:
Frankfort, IL 60423
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Women's Divorce Recovery Group
Psychologist, PsyD, CADC, NBCCHT
Verified
"As women going through the challenging process of divorce, we meet every Monday at 6:30-8:00pm in the Barrington office to provide support, reflection and transformation. Divorce is a time of great loss and can eventually lead to a new beginning. ..."
(888) 265-6418 
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Group meets in:
Palatine, IL 60067
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Post-partum/New Moms Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
"Having a baby can feel wonderful...but it can also feel overwhelming and stressful. This group is intended for women experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) often referred to as postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Non-walking babies are welcome and encouraged ..."
(734) 672-3420 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60615
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Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AM, SEP, C-IAYT, LCSW
Verified
"Based on the principles of Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy, this group is intended for clients interested in developing greater awareness and compassion, and may benefit from non-verbal processing and deepening their feeling of connection. Groups include gentle yoga movement, breathing and meditation ..."
(312) 663-8627 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657
Not accepting new clients
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Poetry Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
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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Chicago Psych Therapy Group, Inc.
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC
Verified
"Each therapist at Chicago Psych Therapy Group cares about the well-being of our clients. We do not believe in cookie-cutter therapy or push our clients to follow our goals. We believe in therapy that is led by the client and ..."
(872) 246-7217 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60659
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder group
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"This group is primarily designed for those people who have not previously had CBT for OCD. This 10-week-long, focused treatment group is designed to teach the behavior therapy principles and techniques that have been proven to be effective. The primary ..."
(847) 920-4255 
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Group meets in:
Northbrook, IL 60062
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Inter-Acting Peer Group- Virtual
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
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) 266-7720 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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Prairie Psychotherapy Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
"We are a small group practice with 5 mental health providers. We're located just north of Wilson Street in Batavia. Our focus is to provide excellent quality of care to individuals, couples, and families. We are all offering teletherapy as ..."
(630) 318-2836 
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Group meets in:
Batavia, IL 60510
Not accepting new clients
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Foresight Mental Health
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
"Foresight helps you find your path to mental wellness. We’re a community of mental health experts who offer a dynamic range of care that flexes with your particular needs and goals. Our team includes licensed therapists, psychiatric providers, researchers, a ..."
(872) 240-5722 
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60611
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Teen Space
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
"Teen Space is a therapy group program for girls led by Fox Clinical Services therapist Kate Kindle. This group is beneficial for girls with anxiety, depression, or those dealing with a myriad of common teen issues such as self-esteem, school ..."
(630) 394-5235 
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Group meets in:
Saint Charles, IL 60174


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