Groups
You don’t have to do it alone.

If you’re going through a major transition or difficult life event, you don't have to do it alone. Join one of our groups and gain insight, motivation, and encouragement. Groups provide an opportunity to be with others who are in a similar situation. You can make connections, share feedback, and get advice. Groups offer emotional comfort and moral support.

We offer professionally facilitated groups to address many different issues. Group times and locations vary. Advanced registration is required for all groups by calling (858) 637-3210.

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Aging Well Group
Hope and Help Al-Anon Family Group
Mood Management Group
PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Psychotherapy Group
Bereavement Group 
Additional Jewish Family Service Support Groups

Aging Well Group

JFS - Community Services Building  
8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

Thursdays Beginning August 20
1:00−2:30pm or 2:30–4:00pm

Aging Well GroupHave you experienced a recent difficult life event or transition? Have you been feeling sad or anxious? Are you experiencing feelings of grief or loss?

Aging well means taking care of oneself on many levels. It includes keeping the mind active, creating and preserving emotional health, and maintaining energy and a positive outlook. Jewish Family Service, in cooperation with the Kaiser Foundation, is pleased to offer a new support group for older adults experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and social isolation. Join others experiencing similar issues in a supportive, caring community to discuss:

  • Building and sustaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Bringing meaning and purpose back into life
  • Dealing with negative thoughts and emotions
  • Enhancing relationships

By participating in this group, you’ll build social connections, learn specific ways to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, and discover tools for coping with stress and strong emotions. Fees are based on a sliding scale; Medicare and most insurance are accepted.

Moderator: Bruce Sachs, Ph.D.

For more information, call JFS at (858) 637-3210.

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Hope and Help Al-Anon Family Group

Al-Anon Family GroupsJFS - Community Services Building
8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

Second Thursday of each month, 6:00–7:00pm
Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all who have a relationship with a problem drinker. Friends and family members of problem drinkers are invited to share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al-Anon program to their individual situations. Participants will learn they are not alone in the problems they face, and that they have choices that lead to greater peace of mind, whether the drinker continues to drink or not. Click here or call the San Diego County Al-Anon Information Office at (619) 296-2666 for more information.

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Mood Management Group 

JFS - Community Services Building 
8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

Tuesdays,
6:00–7:30pm
Open to all individuals with mood related mental health diagnoses (i.e. bipolar, depressive & anxiety disorder). Focus of group is to create an understanding, educational, and social environment by providing members with an opportunity to interact with others with similar experiences, gain insight, and set small manageable goals. Reserve a spot or request more information by calling (858) 637-3210.

Moderator: Leah Mitchell, LCSW

$30 fee, sliding scale (most insurance carriers accepted)

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PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

JFS - Community Services Building
8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

Fourth Monday of every month, 7:00–9:00pm

JFS is proud to partner with PFLAG San Diego to offer support to friends and family members of LGBT persons. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Participants will be able to discuss their experiences as a family member or friend of someone who "came out" to them and will learn about issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. People who self-identify as LGBT and family members, friends, and allies of LGBT persons are encouraged to attend. For more information, call PFLAG San Diego at (888) 398-0006.

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Psychotherapy Group

JFS - Community Services Building
8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30pm
Many areas of our lives can become challenging. Relationships, life transitions, and the way we feel about ourselves can all be sources of struggle at some point in our lives. Using a dynamic model and focusing on here-and-now reactions, this group is designed to provide a safe place to discuss and process thoughts and feelings about the challenges of self-esteem and identity issues, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics, anxiety and depression, career and work-life balance, and life transitions of all kinds. Reserve a spot or request more information by calling (858) 637-3210.

Moderators: Bruce Sachs, Ph.D. 

Sliding Scale Fee (most insurance accepted)

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Bereavement Group: Coping With Loss

JFS - Community Services Building
8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123

Mondays, 6:00–7:00pm
While each individual experiences grief differently, joining a group offers participants an opportunity to receive support from people who can relate to their experiences, and gain a deeper understanding of the mourning process. Together, the group will address the social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of bereavement. To register, call (858) 637-3210.

Facilitated by: Leah Mitchell, LCSW

Free of Charge 

Additional Jewish Family Service Support Groups

Project SARAH Therapeutic support group

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Turk Family Center
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San Diego, CA  92123


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