Group Counseling

Group therapy offers a different experience than individual therapy as it gives each participant the opportunity to better understand their situation by sharing with others in a safe environment. There is something very powerful about being part of a group and listening to others stories, while also being able to share yours. By attending groups, you can share your feelings, ideas and reactions as freely and honestly as possible and gain insight from other members. Groups are also beneficial for increasing emotional intelligence, learning how to respond to others in a more effective manner, and improving relationships. We invite you to check out our groups to see if they would be the right fit for you.

Are you ready to take control of your anger? Have colleagues, friends or family members complained about your temper? Has your anger led to problems with the law, at work or your home? At Anger Management 818 we offer several different programs designed to help you learn about your anger, and manage your emotions more effectively. Let our anger management counselors help you perceive challenging situations differently to manage your daily life more smoothly and calmly. It is time for you to feel more in control of your emotions, and set up an environment where your surroundings are also comfortable with you.

Anger Management classes and executive coaching provide new anger management tools to help manage your daily life. Anger management classes provide the opportunity to practice effective ways to manage stress, communicate with others, and cope with difficult situations.

For more, visit Anger Management 818

Facilitated by Anita Avedian, LMFT

If you experience social anxiety and/or shyness in group or social situations, you may benefit from this group.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety refers to discomfort in social situations, oftentimes because of concern and fear about being judged, doing something foolish, or making a bad impression. Social anxiety can be limited to certain types of situations. The intensity of social anxiety varies for each individual. For some people, the anxiety is limited to a single social situation, and for others, the anxiety occurs in most social situations.

The fear of social situations oftentimes provokes high levels of anxiety including physiological reactions to the situation including increased heartbeat, flushing, sweating, or nausea.

The consideration of facing a social situation interferes significantly with the person’s functioning in school, at work, or in interpersonal relationships.

A social situation involves you and other people. It can include interpersonal interactions (talking to a person) or performance situations (such as public speaking).

On the average, 7-8% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of social anxiety.  Usually women are twice as likely as men to suffer from social anxiety however, men are more likely to seek treatment. This is probably due to the impact social anxiety has on their relationships and careers.

There is a correlation with people suffering from social anxiety and alcohol abuse. This is probably due to trying to ease the level of discomfort one has in social situations.

About Social Anxiety and Shyness Support Group

In this group, you will have the opportunity to be in a safe environment where you could learn about social anxiety and the skills to help you work through difficult situations. Participants of the Social Anxiety and Shyness Support Group will have the opportunity to practice the newly learned skills that helps with overcoming or managing social anxiety and shyness.

The Social Anxiety and Shyness Support Group meets weekly in the office setting. Once a month we hold a meeting outside the office to practice the newly learned skills. Without practice, avoidance of situations may continue.

The fee is $225/month prepaid monthly. There will be a free half hour consultation prior to entering the group. Contact Anita Avedian at (818) 426-2495 to schedule your intake.

Facilitated by Silva Depanian, AMFT

Experiencing chronic pain can have a large impact on your daily activities, relationships, emotional state, and general quality of life. This group is for individuals experiencing chronic pain, which is pain in the body lasting more than 3 months. Over the course of weekly sessions, this group will provide positive support and coping skills for people experiencing chronic pain so that they may improve their quality of life. The group is ongoing and includes a free 30 minute intake, which must be completed before joining the group.

Facilitated by Emma Jaegle, LMFT

Having a loved one who is a First Responder can bring us a lot of pride and joy, along with stress and worry. Whether it is from California’s wildfires, medical pandemics, civil unrest, or day-to-day duties, First Responders are exposed to tremendous suffering. This can lead to second-and third-hand trauma on their loved ones. Some signs you may need some support are: feeling mentally and physically fatigued, feeling alone, having trouble taking care of yourself because you need to “hold everything together” for your loved ones, feelings of guilt because you are not actually in your loved ones shoes, having trouble focusing or staying present, etc. 

The Loved Ones of First Responders Support Group creates a space where you can explore the many emotions that come with loving our heroes. Here, you can develop a support system who you can relate with, along with learning several techniques to help take care of yourself and manage your own stressors. 

Emma Jaegle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She facilitates this weekly group on Mondays at 7 pm. Call Emma to schedule your intake.

Co-facilitated by Anita Avedian, LMFT, and Destiny Johnson, MA. 

About the Black, Indigenous, and a Person of Color “(BIPOC)” Support Group

The BIPOC support group offer support for members who have a shared common experience, as it pertains to being BIPOC in the United States (U.S). The processing and support of this group will occur as the members interact with each other.

  1. Have you ever experienced racial discrimination?
  2. Have you ever processed your feelings surrounding racial issues?
  3. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the current racial injustice happening in the U.S.?
  4. Do you need a safe space to discuss feelings related to racism?
  5. Are you searching for ways to process your feelings about the current climate of racial issues?
  6. Have you ever experienced prejudice because of the color of your skin?
  7. Have you ever been treated unfairly by an individual or a group of people because of the color of your skin?
  8. Have you lost sleep because of the race relations and injustices BIPOC face in American?
  9. Do you have concerns about the persistent racial inequalities in the justice system?
  10. Are you concerned about racial inequalities in the educational system?
  11. Do you have concerns about the persistent racial inequalities faced in your neighborhood?
  12. Are you triggered by the images of racial oppression displayed on the media?

If you answered “yes” to several of the questions above, then this would be the right group for you.

By participating in this group, you will have an open forum to process and discuss your feelings surrounding race relations, complex racial issues, and discrimination in the U.S. Topics such as microaggressions, marginalization, prejudices, racism, trauma and triggers, feeling toward racial inequity and experiences of being BIPOC in America will be addressed in this support group.

Support groups provide an atmosphere where you come together with others to share problems or concerns, to better understand your own situation, and to learn from and with each other. This group will ultimately provide room for change and growth.