Group Classes

Group Counseling Office - New Beginnings, Santa Barbara

For information, to sign up, or be added to a waiting list for any of the groups please call 805-963-7777 ext. 124.

Classes are a wonderful way for our organization to stay connected with the community, and the people that help New Beginnings sustain and grow. Please check back for frequent updates.


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 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. Classes are offered in an eight-week format with one 75-minute session per week in the evening. This group runs three times per year.


Anger Management

We are currently offering a class online through Zoom. To enroll, please read the instructions: Anger-Management-Flyer-Fall-2020-3-1.pdf.

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 12-week 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. Classes are offered in a twelve-week format with one 90 minute session per week in the evening. This group runs three times per year.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills and 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. Our 12-week DBT Skills Training Groups meet once per week, and include classes about mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The Veterans-specific group runs year-round, and our other DBT group runs 3 times per year.



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. These classes offer straightforward and practical parenting skills that are based on the latest infant research. Our 6- to 12-week, 90-minute Parenting Skills Group meets once per week. This group runs three times per year.


Women’s Empowerment

This group is for women who want to develop a stronger sense of self-confidence and well-being in a supportive environment. Throughout the course of this 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 six-week group meets for 90-minute sessions once per week and culminates with a painting party.

Fees to be determined, please call to be added to the Waiting List.

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. This 6-week group meets every week for 90-minutes.

Fees to be determined, please call to be added to the Waiting List.

To contact Cyndi Sierra, our Group Facilitator for the Immigration Support Group, please email

For information, to sign up, or be added to a waiting list for any of the groups please call 805-963-7777 ext. 124.