Groups Services

Support Groups in San Diego

Individuals and families can benefit significantly from joining others for support, guidance, and education. Each support group offered is unique in that it is geared towards specific issues, which allows you to work with others who are experiencing similar difficulties.

Listening and sharing with others who are struggling with the same painful and complicated issues can bring enormous relief as you realize that you are not alone. We offer support groups to assist with Adoption, Grief & Trauma, Mindfulness, Parenting, Pregnancy Loss, Sexual Abuse, and Substance Abuse.

Parenting Support Group

This psycho-educational group is an open-ended parent support group and parent guidance group for single parents or couples who want to learn more or are struggling with parenting.

The focus of the parenting support group is developmental and varies based on the presenting needs of the participants. Groups specialize in toddlers and elementary school children, middle school children, and adolescents. Each group explores and understands significant shared themes and utilizes effective tools to create positive change and empowerment to be the best parent you can be.

Issues addressed include:

  • anger management
  • attachment
  • positive communication
  • child development
  • identity formation
  • differing parenting styles
  • behavior modification
  • substance use
  • adaptive conflict resolution
  • intrinsic motivation
  • self-esteem
  • launching into adulthood

Sexual Abuse and Assault Support Group for Women and Girls

This weekly, on-going therapy group focuses on women or girls who have experienced some form of sexual abuse or sexual assault in their lifetime.

The Sexual Abuse/Assault Support Group addresses:

  • self-esteem
  • coping
  • sexuality
  • body issues
  • depression/anxiety/PTSD symptoms
  • behavioral and academic difficulties
  • relationships
  • motivation
  • family dynamics

An accompanying parent guidance support group may be provided if there are sufficient numbers.

Teen Girls and Young Women Support Group

This weekly, on-going therapy group is a safe, welcoming space where teen girls (ages 13-16) or young women (ages 16-20) can feel understood, supported, and learn specific coping tools.

The Teen Girls/Young Women Support Group addresses:

  • self-esteem
  • depression
  • relationships
  • coping
  • body image
  • anxiety
  • sexuality
  • PTSD
  • academic and professional development

Pregnancy Loss Support Group

Join an ongoing, weekly, psychotherapy group for any type of pregnancy loss for couples and/or women only. The group focuses on grieving the loss, and exploring and healing the impact on yourself and relationships. You will learn coping skills and develop hope for the future. The group is held in a non-judgmental, non-religious environment. The Pregnancy Loss Support Group explores and understands significant shared themes and utilizes effective tools to create positive change, recovery, empowerment, and healing.

Grief Support Group

Many of us will experience loss at some point in our lives. Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Bereavement is a type of grief involving the death of a loved one. Bereavement and grief can trigger a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger. It can also involve guilt, longing, and regret. Associated emotions can vary in their strength or mildness, and come in random waves, which can also be confusing.

The process of adapting to a significant loss varies from one individual to another. It often depends on a person’s background, beliefs, and relationship to what was lost. People in grief can experience different thoughts as they make sense of their loss. People may assign themselves varying levels of responsibility, from “There was nothing I could have done,” to “It’s all my fault.” Grieving behaviors also vary from sharing their feelings with others to being alone and social withdrawal.

No one way of grieving is better than any other. Some people are stoic and may seek distraction from the loss. Others are more emotional and delve deep into their feelings. Every individual has unique needs when coping with loss.

Our team of specialists provide support groups focusing on coping mechanisms, adaptive life skills, and adjustment tools for kids, teens, and adults who are struggling with grief and loss. We are sensitive to your religious, and socio-cultural values and belief, and tailor support and treatment to your unique family needs.

We focus on multiple forms of loss, including:

  • Child Loss
  • Divorce
  • Grandparents’ Loss
  • Parent Loss
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Loss (car accidents, gun violence, natural disasters)

Our grief support groups focus on:

  • Acceptance
  • Anger
  • Adjustment
  • Adapting
  • Bargaining
  • Coping
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Social Life
  • Managing New Routines
  • Future Plans

Mindfulness Support Group

Stress, anger, anxiety, pain, and grief can impair not only our health, but our judgement, emotions, and attention. Fortunately, research suggests an effective way to deal with these difficult feelings: the practice of “mindfulness,” the ability to pay careful attention to what you’re thinking, feeling, and sensing in the present moment without judging those thoughts and feelings as good or bad. Countless studies link mindfulness to better health, lower anxiety, and greater resilience to stress.

Aspiring Families offers specialized Mindfulness therapy, groups, and workshops to help you with:

  • Adaptive Skills to Cope with Stress
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Pain Management
  • Decrease Anxiety
  • Acceptance of Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Improved Concentration
  • Improved Attention

Mindfulness gives people distance from their thoughts and feelings, which can help them tolerate and work through unpleasant feelings rather than becoming overwhelmed by them. Mindfulness is helpful because it gives people a mental anchor on which they can focus when they find themselves carried away by a stressful thought or pain. Mindfulness also helps people stay “present” in the moment, rather than being distracted by regrets in the past or worries about the future. It is a powerful, evidence-based skill that can be easily learned and applied to your daily life and/or to cope with significant stressors. It is a natural means to create mind-body changes and sometimes a better alternative before trying medications.

We offer Mindfulness Therapy, Groups, and Workshops for kids, teens, families, college students, adults, and seniors.

Adoption Support Group

Join an ongoing, weekly psychoeducational and psychotherapy group for any type of adoption for couples or single parents. The group explores and understands significant shared themes, and utilizes effective tools to create positive transitions, attachments, and communication to help the family thrive.

The Adoption Support Group focuses on:

  • Attachment
  • Positive Communication
  • Parenting
  • Child Development
  • Identity Formation
  • Adaptive Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity and Ethnic issues
  • Loss and Grieving
  • Identity Formation and Development as an Adoptive Parent
  • The Adoption Life Cycle
  • Birth Parents
  • Reunification

Substance Abuse Support Group

Substance use and abuse amongst teens, college students, and adults can be very disruptive to the individual and the family. Using alcohol, cigarettes, vapes, marijuana, stimulants, and mind-altering substances can be unhealthy and dangerous. This is especially true when substance use begins at a young age, when individuals are using poly-substances, using frequently, or using in binge episodes.

In our community, teenagers are experimenting and using drugs and alcohol at an earlier age and more frequently. College students experience heavy use of drugs and alcohol as the norm. What begins as exploration, fun, social, and experimentation can often lead to frequent use and abuse. Unfortunately, our school, colleges, and social environments are flooded with alcohol and drugs, and it is easy for adolescents, young adults, and adults to access and abuse a range of substances.

Our team offers Substance Abuse Support Groups based on age and gender to address the misuse of substances and the following behaviors and symptoms associated with substance abuse:

  • Abuse of nicotine, vapes, marijuana, alcohol, stimulants, and other mind-altering substances
  • Increased withdrawal and isolation
  • Frequent absences from school or work
  • Faltering grades or performance
  • Decreased motivation
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Defensiveness
  • Oppositionality
  • Secretive behavior
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Increased lethargy
  • Increased bursts of energy
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Mood lability/swings

Our substance abuse treatment approach includes:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • AA Models
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Process and Educational Groups
  • Family Therapy
  • Comprehensive Assessments using state of the art, standardized measures.

Based on our clinical evaluation and standardized assessment, if appropriate, when the teen, college student, or adult is presenting with a moderate-severe substance addiction, we will help you identify more intensive outpatient or inpatient programs that may be more appropriate based on the severity and type of the addiction.