“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. Yalom, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
If you are considering exploring psychotherapy, in addition to individual work and couples work there is also the option of Group Therapy. 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, or substance abuse. 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. Groups often help those who have experienced loss, whether it be a spouse, a child or someone who died by suicide.
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 journies and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
Current Groups offered by
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. We can't wait to meet you!
Wild Woman Soul Sundays
The things that women reclaim are often their own voice, their own values, their imagination, their clairvoyance, their stories, their ancient memories. If we go for the deeper and the darker, and the less known we will touch the bones.
- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
ABOUT: Wild Woman Soul Sundays- 8 Week Series This series is an opportunity for self-identified wild women to gather and deep dive into wild woman nature and psychology. The course focuses on major themes from Clarissa Pinkola Estés' Women Who Run with the Wolves. Throughout the series we will explore different myths from an archetypal, depth-psychology perspective grounded in somatic exploration. (Please note is it important to own or have access to the book before the group begins.)
This eight-week course is a brave, supportive and embodied space for women to connect, work edges around vulnerability and be witnessed in their wildness, together. Beautiful things can happen personally and collectively when we are able to express our unique and collective struggles, gifts, passions and pains in a nourishing environment.
Participants will experience:
- Access a deeper level of understanding and knowledge of the wild woman archetype in mythology
- Initiating oneself more into one's inner wild woman
- Embodied practices to develop intuition and inner knowing (touchstones of the wild nature)
- Opportunity to connect with a community of women
LOCATION: 4053 Harlan St, Emeryville CA (East Bay)
TIME: Sundays 10am-12pm, January 28th - March 25th (no session February 18th)
FEE: $500 for entire series
All self-identified women welcome!
Come be witnessed in your wildness.
Sensitive Circles: a monthly support group for Highly Sensitive People
ABOUT: Would you consider yourself?
- Highly Emotional?
- Perceptive or Intuitive?
- Easily Overwhelmed?
If so, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), a genetic trait found in 15-20% of the population. Being Highly Sensitive creates an advantage of being able to live, love and feel deeply, but can often lead to feelings of overwhelm and being misunderstood.
Whether you are just discovering your Highly Sensitive nature or have known for some time, this group will provide an opportunity to help you understand and embrace your temperament. Each month a different theme such as self-compassion or stress management will be explored through the use of mindfulness tools, personal reflection and open dialogue. You choose what group sessions you want to attend based on your availability and interest in the theme for that month.
In a world where being sensitive is seen as a weakness, allow this group to provide a safe haven to be yourself, discover your Sensitive Strengths and connect with others who feel the world as deeply as you.
LOCATION: 870 Market Street, San Francisco
TIME: Tuesdays 6PM-7:30PM- *RSVP required to attend.
FEE: $75 per session
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.