Groups

Current Groups Being Offered

Mindfulness Group

Mindfulness is the practice of attending to present-moment experience without judgment. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, or you are hoping to live a calmer, more meaningful life, the practice of mindfulness can reduce stress, promote mental clarity, and develop non-judgmental awareness in daily life. This group meets weekly for four weeks and is free. The group offers an introduction to the basic practices of mindfulness, such as sitting meditation and body scanning, as well as the cultivation of compassion and acceptance. To see registration instructions, please see the program flyer.

Women’s Empowerment Group

This group is for women who want to develop a stronger sense of self-confidence and well-being in a supportive environment. Throughout the group, women empower themselves by identifying core beliefs and values, while learning how to quiet their inner critic. The Women’s Empowerment curriculum also identifies various forms of stress, depression, and anxiety, and provides techniques to cultivate self-compassion, emotional regulation, and self-care. This nine-week group meets for 45-minute sessions once per week. To see registration instructions, please see the program flyer.

Parenting

What does it mean to be a loving, mindful, and effective parent? Our Parenting Skills Group covers a variety of topics, including how to be present with your child, understanding attachment bonds, discipline vs. punishment, and techniques for effective communication. The Parenting Skills Group utilizes Dan Siegel’s, The Whole Brain Child, which incorporates contemporary research on infants to help parents better understand their child’s neurobiological and neuropsychological development. Please contact our Life Skills Parenting and Education Program, Anne Cravens, PhD, AMFT, APCC at or at (805) 963-7777 x135.or at acravens@sbnbcc.org.

Other Groups Offered

Below are examples of groups we have offered in the past that we may offer again in the future. To request more information about these groups, please contact our Intake Coordinator, Anna Henry at 805-963-7777 ext. 206 or email counseling@sbnbcc.org.

Dialectical Behavior-Informed Therapy (DBT) for Veterans

Individuals living with trauma disorders, eating disorders, and severe mood disorders often struggle with emotional reactivity, relational conflict, and the tasks of daily living. Individuals living with these disorders often need therapeutic support, coping skills, and a framework to help them understand their overwhelming emotional experiences. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a collaborative, support-oriented and behavioral treatment for individuals living with these complex and challenging disorders. Please contact our Intake Coordinator, Anna Henry at 805-963-7777 ext. 206 or email counseling@sbnbcc.org for more information.

Anger Management

Anger is a natural human emotion, but when it is out of control, it can harm our physical health, as well as our  emotional and psychological well-being. If your relationships, career, and daily living are being affected by anger, our Anger Management classes can help you to understand and regulate this intense and overwhelming emotion. Our Anger Management Psychoeducational Group offers a completion certificate to participants who attend all 12 weeks of the program. This course meets the requirement for court-mandated anger management classes and is open to everyone.

Esperanza (Hope) Immigration Support Group

This group engages immigrants in discussing and participating in activities that enable them to explore their thoughts and feelings about their adjustment to living in the United States, Santa Barbara, and the surrounding communities in Santa Barbara County. This group facilitates the acculturation process, increases self-confidence, promotes a positive self-identity, and reduces long-term or serious social adjustment problems related to the acculturation stresses of daily living.