“Members of a cohesive group feel
warmth and comfort in the group
and a sense of belongingness;
they value the group and feel in turn
that they are valued, accepted, and
supported by other members.” 
― Irvin D. YalomThe Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

Depending on the nature of your concern, group therapy can be an ideal choice for addressing your concerns and making positive changes in your life. Below you will be able to see what sort of groups are currently available through Center For Mindful Psychotherapy. But first let us explain what group therapy is!

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy involves one or more therapists who lead a group of roughly 5 to 15 members. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two on a weekly basis. Some groups meet ongoing and some are for a designated amount of time only. At times, people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.

Many groups are created to focus on a specific problem, such as depression, gender identity, social anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, or grief & loss. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, chronic illness, loneliness, and low self-esteem.

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How Can group therapy support me?

Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. In many ways the group experience can be very rewarding, providing you the opportunity to meet other people within your community who also are striving for similar goals and overall well being! 

Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.

Regularly talking, listening, and creatively exploring issues along side others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don't know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you're not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.

Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and therefore look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people approach their healing journeys and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.

Current Groups offered by
CMP Therapists:


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OVER THE RAINBOW: SUPPORT FOR EXPECTANT AND NEW PARENTS AFTER PREGNANCY LOSS

ABOUT: A rainbow is something beautiful after a dark and wild storm. A rainbow baby is a baby born after a miscarriage or stillbirth. Similarly to how the beauty of the rainbow will not undo the damage a storm might have done, a rainbow baby can bring joy and hope while the painful feelings of the loss might still linger. Many parents who have lost a pregnancy will experience fear of another loss, anxiety, confusion, guilt, and often a new layer of grief. They may also struggle with difficult emotions in the postpartum period. Community, compassion, and psychological education and attention are essential components of the healing process. This class offers parents with a rainbow baby a sense of community, as well as tools to acknowledge, communicate and work with their feelings.

Location: Natural Resources: 1367 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Dates: Thursday, May 30th from 5-6:30pm & continuing drop-in group every other month
Fee: $35 non member, $25 for Natural Resources Members
Registration: Drop in or sign up here

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Group Facilitated by Jennifer Komm


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INTIMACY, SEX, AND MEN:
BEYOND THE APP

Feeling stuck in problematic sexual behaviors or patterns?
"Have everything," but still lonely or isolated?
Wanting more out of intimate relationships?

ABOUT: This is an interpersonal process group for men seeking skills and experience to create greater connection in their lives.

Whether it be appsporn, compulsive sexual behavior, serial dating, fear of dating or even "I've got this all figured out, but I’m still lonely"... this group explores how self-defeating behaviors and beliefs limit you from achieving what you really want. Common group themes include expressing vulnerability, healthy aggression, needs, and dependency.

Your work in the group will be unique, dynamic, and sometimes challenging—an opportunity to improve all aspects of your life.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE GROUP

  • Experience relief that you are not alone in pain or fear

  • Explore how others respond to you and why

  • Self-limiting behaviors and patterns are evoked, acknowledged, and worked through “in the moment”

  • Practice new behaviors and skills

WHAT IS GROUP LIKE?

  • In your pre-group consultations we co-create a road map of your work in the group. The map may change over time, as do you.

  • You are encouraged to put your thoughts and feelings into words—in the moment. Trusting the group and “stepping in” can feel risky and vulnerable and will be an important part of your work in the group.

  • Developing this capacity and building trust with others and the group takes time…that’s often why members join.

  • Expect, accept, and respect disagreements and lack of closure—just like real life! EXCEPT with new tools to slow the process down and create alternative, progressive outcomes.

  • Be willing to experience and discuss feelings of discomfort—as you develop new ways of working with others using emotionally progressive communication. 

GROUP SIZE: Maximum of 8 members
LOCATION
: 110 Gough Street, Ste. 203 in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley
DATE: Two options: Monday Group & Thursday Group (both weekly ongoing)
TIME: 7:30pm – 9pm
FEE: $60 per session
REGISTRATION: Email thomas@mindfulcenter.org or call (415) 547-0301

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR/EXPERIENCE: Thomas is a trained, experienced Group Psychotherapist and continues to consult and study in both the Bay Area and New York City. He has completed trainings and seminars with the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS), and is currently studying Modern Analytic Group Psychotherapy at the Center for Group Studies (CGS) in NYC.

AFFILIATIONS:
Board Member, Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association
Membership Chair, Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association
American Group Psychotherapy Association
San Francisco Marriage and Family Therapists
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

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Group Facilitated by Thomas Masat


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MINDFULNESS, COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY:
A ONE-TIME GROUP SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018

If we are not careful, it is all too easy to fall into becoming more of a
human doing than a human being, and forget who is doing all the doing,
and why. —Jon Kabat-Zinn

ABOUT: Humans really are wired for connection and, thanks to remarkable tech advances, many of us connect with an ever-increasing frequency throughout the day. If it sometimes feels like your connection to the sweet, shiny smartphone—the “black mirror”— is more compelling than you’d like it to be, this one-time group is an opportunity to spend a few hours
consciously exploring your relationship to technology and communication.

THE GROUP WILL INCLUDE:

  • Meditation instruction and practice

  • Discussion drawn from mindfulness teachings on skillful communication

  • A dip into some relevant neuroscience findings

  • A few practical offerings for hacking your relationship to the phone or laptop

Group size is capped at six participants, so there will be a chance to share thoughts and feelings about living a tech-laden life, as well as periods of silence and sitting meditation. (No meditation experience necessary: the group is suitable for new or experienced meditators.)

LOCATION: 110 Gough Street, Ste. 203 in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley
DATE: Sunday, Sept 15 2019
TIME: 10AM-12:30PM
FEE: $50
REGISTRATION: Email julia@mindfulcenter.org or call (415) 562-5228

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Group Facilitated by Julia Ward


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Shy Club:
For Quiet Teens & Young Adults

ABOUT: Shy Club is an in-person group for teens and young adults of all genders. 

What do you think of when you hear the word “shy”? Has this word been used to describe you? How accurate does it feel? What does shy mean to you? You may think of other adjectives that relate such as quiet, introverted, or reserved. Or, you may think of shyness as the opposite of being loud, outgoing, and boisterous.

Everyone’s experience is unique, and being seen as “shy” can look a lot of different ways and mean a lot of different things; it’s not a one-size-fits-all descriptor. Maybe you relate to being shy and don’t carry harsh judgements about your experience.

Maybe you feel comfortable with yourself most of the time, but at times feel misunderstood by others. Maybe you have a lot to say, but aren’t sure how to express yourself authentically. Maybe you’d like to discuss your experiences with other people who really get it.

Through the use of dialogue, mindfulness exercises, communication skill building and creative projects, Shy Club is about:

  • Being who you are and how you are.

  • Embracing your strengths and vulnerabilities.

  • Learning how to take care of yourself in a world that can sometimes feel shallow, overwhelming, or insensitive.

  • Increasing self-esteem and feeling more comfortable to be yourself around others.

  • Gaining confidence to use your voice and set boundaries.

  • Discovering tools to manage your deeply felt emotions.

If you're looking for a way to connect with yourself and others without all the pressure, Shy Club may be a great fit for you!  Space is limited so email shyclub@mindfulcenter.org to sign-up! 

GROUP OPTIONS: Ages 12-14, Ages 15-17 or Young Adults (18+)

LOCATION: 870 Market Street, Downtown San Francisco (above Powell Street BART)

TIME: Most groups meet Mondays or Thursdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm for 8 weeks.

FEE: $400-600 (wide sliding-scale to accommodate varied financial situations).  Price includes one Intake Session and eight Group Sessions plus all materials.

REGISTRATION: Contact us at shyclub@mindfulcenter.org.  We can't wait to meet you! 

 

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Group facilitated by Jessica Weikers and April Snow
 


We are here to help answer any questions about group therapy and guide you through the process of finding a therapist who may be able to help. Check out our [CMP FAQs] page if you have more questions about us. You may also start browsing [Our Team] to see if there is a therapist you are drawn to and would like to contact directly.  

If you would like help in finding the best therapist fit for you, please call us (415) 766-0276.  You can also go to [Contact Us] and fill out the form there, or email us directly at intakes@mindfulcenter.org.