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Old 04-19-2019, 08:40 PM #1
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Default Finding Group Therapy or In-Person Support Groups

Does anyone have any advice on how to find group therapy or in-person support groups? Old t didn't know of any groups that would fit me and Google searching didn't find me anything appropriate. I will ask new t but I am not sure he will know either. If anyone has found a good group, how did you find it? Or have others also had trouble finding groups?
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I know you can search groups on psychology today both otherwise I have no idea. I would suggest asking your T or your dr for recommendations. I was looking into groups as well.
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Default Re: Finding Group Therapy or In-Person Support Groups

If you have a psychiatrist, they may know of some programs.

I was referred to a group-style therapy, although it was more like a classroom. I really liked it. You were in a room with 5-10 people, a psychiatric nurse would go over videos, a project (for pairs or individuals), or fill out questions sheets as a “class.” There were different topics like self-talk, mindfulness, financial guidance, using art and/or journaling to help with mental wellbeing/healing, nutrition, self-care, anger, grief, anxiety, depression, and sometimes there would be a larger conference type room where several groups would come to listen to people who survived alcoholism, drug abuse, or talk about what happened to them/what they did/didn’t do when they were first diagnosed.

It was a Mental Wellness Group/Course available in one of our hospitals. A patient would just go for a few hours a day Mon-Fri.

I hope you find something!
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Default Re: Finding Group Therapy or In-Person Support Groups

I never found a therapy group that either my T or the group T's thought I was a good fit for, either.

The 12-step programs are well-known as support groups -- mostly for addictions, but there are several that aren't: CODA, Emotions Anonymous, and Adult Children of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional Families. They are not nearly as common as the AA and related groups, though, so there may not be any near where you live. They have some online groups I think, but I've never tried them. Not sure what they would offer that PC doesn't.

I didn't find a lot of help for my underlying issues in the groups, but I did find some fellowship sometimes. And they were a place to vent and not feel so lonely and isolated.
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Sometimes larger group practices or counseling centers will have more groups. If you are near a larger city, you might look for those kinds of counseling centers (you can try just googling "counseling centers near me") as a place to start. Because of their size, they do generally have a few groups throughout the week.
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You might find some on Meetup.com.
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Check your psychiatrist's and psychologist's office. Check with the hospital. Check with your local mental health association office. Check the "What's happening" and classifieds sections of your newspaper including community weekly publications. In Canada we have something call 211.com maybe you have it there. Finally, check with your local schizophrenia society if there is one. They always keep an up-to-date contact list for mental health resources for ALL diagnoses and disorders.
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