Support Group

Group Therapy

Groups offered for HSPs, Teens, Older Adults and Grief Support

Sharing a part of our healing journey with others who may have some common experiences can help us know we are not alone and offer another avenue for healing through connection and experiencing mutually supportive relationships.

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2021 GROUP OFFERINGS:

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON (HSP) GROUPS:

ADULT Online HSP Level-I Skills Group

Starts: TBD

Meets:  (Fridays @ 10:00am-11:30am)

Duration: 6 group meetings @ 90 min each plus 45-min intake session

Cost:  $300 (deposit $50; balance due 50% week 1 & remaining 50% week 6) 

RSVP: comelo.suzannef@gmail.com  or (510) 497-1516

Size:  small (max 5-6 members)

Location: Online/Video for CA residents (In-Person groups in East Bay will be offered again when safe).

About: This is a closed group, facilitated by an Associate MFT (also an HSP), providing a structured agenda to incorporate education, self-exploration and group sharing.  Living and working in a non-HSP world can impact an HSP’s sense of self, well-being, physical health, boundaries, and tolerance for social, family and work activities. HSPs are often the default caretakers and confidants. Some feel out of place in their own families, relationships and jobs, often comparing themselves to others, not realizing they may just have different strengths and capacities. Many go through life with their filters wide open, pushing and enduring, until they burn out from trying to conform. Join fellow HSPs for safe, mutual support & skills-building to learn how to better navigate your non-HSP world.

GOALS: Increase understanding and acceptance of our Trait; better tune in to our own stimulation levels; tools to modulate our nervous system response; start a foundation for our own unique HSP Operating Manuals; and strategies to communicate our needs and limits to others.  Members will receive handouts to facilitate work between sessions.

YOUNG ADULT Online HSP Skills Group (Level I) (6-wks)

Starts: TBD

Meets:  TBD

Duration: 6 weeks @ 90 minutes each plus 45-min intake session

Cost:  $300 (deposit $50; balance due 50% week 1 & remaining 50% week 6)

RSVP: comelo.suzannef@gmail.com  or (510) 497-1516

Size:  small (max 5-6 members)

Location: Online/Video for CA residents

About: This is a closed group, facilitated by an Associate MFT (also an HSP), providing a structured agenda to incorporate education, self-exploration, skills-building & group sharing. Being a young adult in a predominantly non-HSP world can impact a teen-HSP’s sense of self, well-being, physical health, boundaries, and tolerance for social, family and school activities. HSPs often compare themselves to others, not realizing their nervous systems are just wired differently, leading them to be sensitive to different stimuli at often greater levels, which can push them into overstimulation and overwhelm much sooner and more often than peers or family members. Comparisons to others (without fully understanding their own, normal, genetic brain and nervous system wiring) often leads to shame that erodes self esteem makes it hard to function at their ability level or fully enjoy life. Some people report feeling odd or out of place in their own families, relationships, schools and/or jobs. They may start to experience anxious and depressive symptoms, as they go through life with their filters wide open, pushing and enduring, until they burn out from trying to conform.

ADULT Online HSP Support Groups (Level II) 

Starts: TBD)

Meets: 1x each month (90 min)

Days/Times: TBD

Cost:  $25/meeting

Size: small (4-6 members per meeting)

Location: Online/Video for California residents who have completed HSP-I Group

About: This is a support-focused group, facilitated by an Associate MFT (HSP) to provide a semi-structured agenda to incorporate some education, while fostering self-exploration, group sharing and support. This group is for HSPs who have completed an HSP Skills Group or have a sufficient base level of understanding of the HSP trait, how it manifests for themselves, and some coping skills in managing overstimulation. Come join fellow HSPs in supporting one another and discovering new ways to navigate life more successfully in this non-HSP world. 

(*If you only recently learned you are or might be an HSP or are fairly new to trying to adapt your life to capitalize on your HSP trait while minimizing overwhelm, please register for the HSP Skills Group-I first.)​

TEEN Groups

Online Teen Support & Skills Group (6-wks)

Starts: TBD

Meets: 4:15pm-5:30pm

Duration: 6 weeks @ 75-min each 

Cost:  $250 (deposit $50; balance due 50% week 1 & remaining 50% week 6

RSVP: comelo.suzannef@gmail.com  or (510) 497-1516

Size:  small (max 6 members)

Location: California, state-wide, online/video

About:  Therapist-facilitated support group for teens facing challenging symptoms from various stressors (ex: school, online learning, peers, social media, grades, online school, COVID-19, family). Teens may report increased stress, anxious feelings, depressive moods, increased irritability, decreased motivation, hard time focusing, or difficulties in relationships. This group offers a safe, supportive space to connect with peers, decrease feelings of isolation or that they are "the only one" feeling this way, learn how thoughts, feelings and behaviors can impact our mood, energy, sleep, confidence, focus, health, relationships, etc. You're not alone. Together, we'll learn tools to better manage stressful situations and their impact on our feelings, thoughts and behaviors, so we can better navigate life's ups and downs. (6 weeks @ 75 min each; max 6 teens; COST: $250 (Deposit $50; 50% due at start & 50% due at end).  (*These groups can be very helpful for teens who may or feel they are HSP (have the normal genetic trait of depth of processing).

*actual start date may vary depending on when clinically-appropriate groups are filled (min 4 teens required to start)


RSVP @ comelo.suzannef@gmail.com

or (510) 497-1516.

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​**Feel free to email your interest in being added to a list for notifications of future Group offerings.)

GRIEF GROUPS: 

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Future Grief Groups (TBD)

Feel free to email your interest in being added to a list for notifications of future Grief Group offerings.

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SUPPORT GROUPS FOR OLDER ADULTS (60+): 

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In-Person OA Groups

Will resume, once safe to do so in light of COVID.

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