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Local Support Groups

Support Groups are listed by subject in alphabetical order. If you need help please call our office at (607) 273-9250.

Inclusion in this listing does not imply an endorsement by The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, nor does omission signify disapproval; the listing is intended only for information purposes. It is recommended that you call before attending any group as they may require an attendance fee, have certain restrictions, or have changed location and time from what is listed.

Addiction

  • AL-ANON
    (607) 256-3499
    Ithaca AL-ANON
    (607) 387-5701
    www.ithacacommunityrecovery.org/alan.html
    A group for families and friends of alcoholics. Thursdays, 7 pm at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.
  • Alateen
    (607) 256-3499
    Ithaca AL-ANON
    www.ithacacommunityrecovery.org/alan.html
    A group for teens who are affected by someone’s alcoholism. Thursdays, 7:30 pm at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    (607) 273-1541
    www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
    A 12-step alcohol addiction recovery group run by its members. Check website or call for recording of times. Meetings held at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, 7 days a week.
  • Double Trouble In Recovery
    (607) 758-6100, Garra
    Saturday mornings  10:30AM and Tuesdays at NOON
    24 Church St., The Wishing Wellness Center in Cortland
    Twelve-step support group designed to meet the needs of the dually diagnosed. For those having addictive substance problems as well as a mental health diagnosis.
  • Families Anonymous
    (800) 736-9805
    www.familiesanonymous.org
    A 12-step program for family members who want to recover from the effects of a loved one’s addictions. Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.
  • Family Rebuilding Program
    Cayuga Addiction and Recovery Services
    (607) 273-5500, Andrew or Ann
    www.carsny.org
    Education and support for loved ones of people suffering from addictions. Tuesdays, 6:30 pm at 334 West State Street, Ithaca.
  • Men in Recovery
    G.P. Zurenda, LCSW
    (607) 272-1911, Andrew or Ann
    www.gpzurenda.com
    A therapy group for males who are/have been sober for 3 months. Call for more information.
  • Recovery for Professionals
    Howard Aldendorff, LCSW
    (607) 277-7182
    A therapy group offering support and empowerment for recovery from addiction. Call for more information.
  • Teen Group
    Cayuga Addiction and Recovery Services
    (607) 273-5500, Anita
    www.carsny.org
    A group to educate young adults about the effects of addiction. Monday and Friday, 5:30 pm at 334 West State Street, Ithaca.

Adoption

  • Adoption Support Group
    Ithaca College Human Resources
    dhettichatkins@ithaca.edu
    A group for anyone who has had personal experience with adoption. (Ithaca College staff, faculty or students only.) First Thursdays, 12:10 pm at Six Mile Creek Room, Philips Hall, Ithaca College.
  • Adoptive Parents Support Group
    Garin Danner, LMHC
    (607) 339-7825
    Support group for parents with adopted children. Call for information.
  • Post Adoption Services
    Family and Children’s Service
    (607) 273-7494, Teresa Wagner, CSW
    www.fcsith.org
    Post adoption services include home visits and referrals (if needed) for counseling services for the family.
  • Post Adoptive Parent Support Group
    Tompkins County Department of Social Services
    (607) 274-5674
    www.Tompkins-co.org/dss/childsvc
    Adoptive parent support groups for ongoing support. Services are provided free of charge to clients. Other services also available. Call for more information.

Aging

  • Aging Men’s Group
    Lifelong
    (607) 273-1511
    www.tclifelong.org
    Men’s group to discuss issues of aging. Saturdays, 9 am.
  • Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
    Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York
    (607) 330-1647
    www.alz.org/centralnewyork
    Support group for caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. First Wednesdays, 5:30 pm at 119 West Court Street, Ithaca.
  • Alzheimer’s Support Group
    Tompkins County Office for the Aging
    (607) 274-5492
    Support group for caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, confusion or memory loss. Fourth Tuesdays, 1:00 pm at 320 North Tioga Street, Ithaca.

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
    Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York
    (607) 330-1647
    www.alz.org/centralnewyork
    Support group for caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. First Wednesdays, 5:30 pm at 119 West Court Street, Ithaca.
  • Alzheimer’s Support Group
    Tompkins County Office for the Aging
    (607) 274-5492
    Support group for caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, confusion or memory loss. Fourth Tuesdays, 1:00 pm at 320 North Tioga Street, Ithaca.

Anger Management

  • Anger Management Group for Adolescents (June-September)
    Bridges for Youth and Families
    (607) 275-0067
    W. Parker Rulison
    A therapy group for ages 12-18 to learn skills for dealing with anger. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm at 120 West State Street, 4th floor, Ithaca.

Anxiety Disorders

  • AID – Anxiety, Irritability and Depression – Support Group
    Thomas Cullen, LCSW
    (607) 379-2401
    Tompronoid@yahoo.com
    A therapy support group for adult men and women who are experiencing anxiety and depression. Call for information.

Asperger Syndrome

  • Autism Support Group
    www.autismithaca.org
    (607) 257-3371, Kim Fezza
    Support for parents who are raising a child with autism.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Adult ADD Support Group
    Jump Start Counseling
    (607) 257-5039
    www.jumpstartcounseling.com
    Short-term therapy group focusing on learning strategies. Call for information.

Autism

  • Autism Support Group
    www.autismithaca.org
    (607) 257-3371, Kim Fezza
    Support for parents who are raising a child with autism.
  • Family Resource Network
    Parent-to-Parent of New York State
    (607) 535-2802
    www.parenttoparentnys.org
    Support and information to families raising children with autism spectrum disorders or any other special need. Fourth Wednesdays, 6:00 pm at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca.

Bereavement

  • Bereaved Parents Support Group
    (607) 272-0212, Kira Lallas, LMSW
    www.hospicare.org
    A group serving parents or grandparents who have lost a child or grandchild. Second and fourth Mondays, 5:30 pm at 172 East King Road, Ithaca. Second Monday is peer led by Leslie Strebel.
  • General Bereavement Group
    Hospicare and Palliative Services
    (607) 272-0212, Donna George, LMSW
    www.hospicare.org
    A group to share with others who are grieving the loss of a loved one in the last 18 months. First and third Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 at 172 East King Road, Ithaca.

Bipolar Disorder

  • Ithaca Bipolar/Manic Depression Support Group
    (607) 539-4056
    www.dbsalliance.org
    A group for people who are bipolar or anyone affected by a person with bipolar disorder. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 7:00 pm at 100 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.

Borderline Personality Disorder

  • DBT Skills Training Group
    Denise Wittlin-Horvath, LCSW, NPP
    (607) 256-1167
    Therapeutic Support Group that teaches individuals mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation. Call for information.
  • Intensive Day Treatment Program (IDTP)
    Tompkins County Mental Health Services
    (607) 274-6200
    www.tompkins-co.org/departments/detail.aspx?DeptID=28
    Highly structured program for people who have problems that may lead to inpatient treatment and need intensive outpatient treatment. Call for information.

Cancer

  • Cancer Education and Support Group
    (607) 277-0960, Bob Riter
    An educational and supportive program for men and women with any type of cancer. Second Wednesdays, 4:30 pm at the Bonnie Howell Education Center, Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca.
  • Cancer Group for Women
    Cancer Resource Center/Family and Children’s Service
    (607) 277-0960
    www.crcfl.net
    A professionally facilitated support group for women with any type of cancer. Call for information.
  • Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Survivors Group
    American Cancer Society
    (607) 539-6871
    www.cancer.org
    Support and education for those affected by prostate cancer. Third Wednesdays, 5:00 pm at 119 West Court Street, Ithaca.

Caregivers

  • Emotional support for those caring for elderly friends or relatives. Third Wednesdays, 7:00 pm at 119 West Court Street, Ithaca.
  • Caregiver Support Group
    Family and Children’s Service
    (607) 273-7494
    www.fcsith.org
    Facilitators: Ann Dolan, LCSW and Margaret Page, MA LCAT
    Join us for a supportive and educational monthly support group, especially for caregivers of older adults.
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
    Family and Children’s Service
    (607) 273-7494
    www.fcsith.org
    Supportive group for grandparents raising their school-aged grandchildren. Fourth Mondays, 6:30 pm at 521 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
    (607) 273-2462, Carol Booth
    www.namifingerlakes.org
    Provides support for parents, spouses, siblings, children and friends to people with mental illness. First Tuesdays at 104 East Lewis Street, Ithaca. Call for more information.

Chronic Pain Syndrome

  • Chronic Pain Support Group
    (607) 272-4873, Esther Ivy Herkowitz, LMHC
    A support group for adults who experience chronic pain. The group will provide a forum to explore psychological aspects of chronic pain and disability including: self concept, loss, coping strategies, adjustment, relationships, isolation, strengths and self care. $30.00 per session. In Ithaca, call for time and location.

Codependency

  • Codependents Anonymous
    (607) 659-7333, Jean M.
    www.codependents.org
    A fellowship of men and women sharing their experiences and strengths in order to recover from codependency. Wednesdays, 6:30 pm at 1229 Owego Road (Route 96), Catatonk, New York (17 miles from Ithaca).

College Student Issues

  • AOD Education Group
    Cornell University
    Gannett Health Services
    (607) 255-5155
    www.gannett.cornell.edu/CAPS
    In these four-session groups, students discuss with others the potential effects of alcohol and other drug use on academics, relationships, health, and future plans. These groups emphasize a harm-reduction approach, promoting responsible and educated decision-making around alcohol and other drug use. Groups are held several times a semester.
  • Anxiety Management Group
    Cornell University
    (607) 255-5155
    www.gannett.cornell.edu/CAPS
    Relieve Your Monkey Mind: learn to manage wandering or obsessive thoughts. This is a process and structured group to help members learn how to be mindful about their thoughts. You will learn and practice deep breathing, stretching exercises, and understanding your monkeys (thoughts). Meditation practices will help you manage anxiety mindfully.
  • ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
    Cornell University
    (607) 255-5155
    www.gannett.cornell.edu/CAPS
    Growing up in a home with an alcoholic or drug-addicted parent/guardian can follow you into adult life with negative consequences on health, work, and relationships. The ACOA support group is a safe, confidential place for students to recognize and change unhealthy patterns, and to prevent past experiences from negatively influencing the present and future. Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm.
  • Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Men’s Support Group
    Cornell University
    Gannett Health Services
    (607) 255-5155
    www.gannett.cornell.edu/CAPS
    A free and confidential group offering gay, bisexual, and questioning men a safe space in which to explore issues of sexuality, homophobia, coming out, family, loss, religion/spirituality, intimacy, race/ethnicity, and relationships and dating.
  • Women’s Group
    Cornell University
    Gannett Health Services
    (607) 255-5155
    www.gannett.cornell.edu/CAPS
    This is an open, process-oriented group that will provide a safe space for women to explore their interpersonal struggles and intrapsychic difficulties. The group will work toward further developing clients’ esteem as they build and strengthen relationships with women.
  • General Therapy Group
    Cornell University
    Gannett Health Services
    (607) 255-5155
    www.gannett.cornell.edu/CAPS
    General group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of a professionally-trained therapist to help themselves and one another. General group therapy helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. It addresses feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety.

Debt

  • Ithaca Debtors Anonymous
    www.debtorsanonymous.org
    (800) 421-2383
    A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other in order to recover from compulsive debting. Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.

Depression

  • Depression Support Group
    Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC)
    (607) 272-2433, Rachel
    www.fliconline.org
    An opportunity for participants to learn and share with others who have or are currently experiencing depression.  Every other Wednesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm at 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca.
  • Emotions Anonymous
    (607) 256-3499
    www.emotionsanonymous.org
    www.ithacacommunityrecovery.org/ea.html
    EA is a group of people who come together for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. Helps people suffering from depression, anger, broken relationships, anxiety and other emotional issues. Sundays, 7:30 pm at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.

Disability

  • Invisible Disabilities Support Group
    Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC)
    (607) 272-2433, Rachel
    www.fliconline.org
    A peer support group with an education component.  Participants will have an opportunity to connect with others who share similar challenges and successes in a judgment-free, confidential environment.  Every Monday from 1-2pm AND every other Wednesday from 3:30-4:30pm at 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca.

Divorce/Separation

  • Parents Apart
    Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC)
    (607) 273-9347
    www.cdrc.org
    Sessions offered to parents, teaching them how to help deal with the emotional experience of their children during separation or divorce. Call for more information.
  • Women’s Separation and Divorce Support Group
    Brief Therapy Associates
    (607) 275-3675, Diane S. Jerdan, LCSW-R
    dianejerdan@yahoo.com
    Women experiencing the beginning stages of the separation/divorce process will benefit from weekly contact from women experiencing the same. Topics include: grief, loss of nuclear family, dealing with the legal system, child custody and more. Mondays, 4:30-5:00 pm at 122 West Court Street, Ithaca. Individual consultation is required before beginning. Sliding scale available.
  • Women’s Separation and Divorce Support Group
    (607) 227-0313, Sheila McCue, LMSW
    sheilaamccue@aol.com
    Women experiencing the beginning stages of the separation/divorce process will benefit from weekly contact from women experiencing the same. Topics include: grief, loss of nuclear family, dealing with the legal system, child custody and more. 122 West Court Street, Ithaca. Individual consultation is required before beginning. Sliding scale available.

Eating Disorders/Food Addiction

  • Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
    IthacaANAD@hotmail.com
    www.anad.org
    (607) 272-2292, ext. 232
    ANAD offers a safe environment for peers to speak openly and honestly about their eating disorders and the hope of recovery. Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 614 West State Street, Ithaca.
  • Circle for Healthy Eating and Wellness (CHEW)
    (917) 589-6169-Amy
    A peer-facilitated support group for people in recovery or recovered from eating disorders. An affiliate of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD).
    1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Just Be Cause, 1013 W. State St., Ithaca.
  • Eating Disorders Support Group
    (607) 280-8340, Bernard Riley Sisson, LCSW
    A therapy group for students who “binge-eat” and want to break the cycle. Call for more information.
  • Food Addicts in Recovery
    (607) 272-3233, Susan
    www.foodaddicts.org
    A fellowship of men and women who have experienced difficulty in life as a result of the way we eat. Wednesdays, 6:45 pm at the First Congregational Church, 309 Highland Road, Ithaca.
  • Overeaters Anonymous
    (607) 387-8253, Thomas
    www.oa.org
    A fellowship of individuals who share experiences, strength and hope to recover from compulsive overeating. Fridays 12:00 noon, Mondays 7:30 pm, Saturdays 11:00 am, Thursdays 6:00 pm at 301 South Geneva Street, Room 103, Ithaca.
  • Parent Partner Program
    Cornell Cooperative Extension and The MHATC
    (607) 273-9250 for more information
    www.edsurvivalguide.com/parentpartner.htm
    An education group for parents, friends and loved ones with disordered eating that meets three times a year.
  • Family Education/Support Group
    Cornell Cooperative Extension Center
    (607) 272-6750, Cris Haltom, PhD
    A group for parents, siblings and friends of a loved one with an eating disorder. Third Wednesdays, 6:45 pm at CCE, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.

Emotional Health and Wellness

  • Drop-In Social Center
    The Jenkins Center for Hope and Recovery
    (607) 277-7337
    www.mhaedu.org/starlight.shtml
    A social club for people who use, or have used, mental health services. Open Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 301 South Geneva Street, Suite 110, Ithaca.
  • EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Services)
    (607) 255-3277
    ears.dos.cornell.edu
    EARS is a peer counseling organization that is run out of Willard Straight Hall. Members of Cornell or the Ithaca community can receive free and confidential counseling by phone or walk-in. Volunteers are highly trained. Call for hours.
  • Emotions Anonymous
    (607) 272-0406, Tom
    www.emotionsanonymous.org
    EA is a group of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. The group helps people suffering from depression, anger, broken relationships, anxiety and other emotional issues. Tuesdays, 7:30 pm at 306 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, basement.
  • Ithaca Singles – a Social Group
    (607) 425-4818, Marie
    www.ithacasingles.org
    A group formed to promote friendships through scheduled social activities for single adults. Promotes mutual support and fun. Check website or call for more information.
  • Meditation and Discussion Group
    Ithaca Dharma Society
    (607) 272-7334, Dr. Ron Liefer
    Call for more information.

Incarceration

  • Inmates Network
    Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR)
    (607) 272-7885
    www.oartompkins.com
    The OAR offers support and services to inmates and their families as well as ex-inmates in the community. Office is located at 403 North Plain Street, Ithaca.

Infertility

  • Mind-Body Medicine for Infertility
    (607) 273-7427, Judy Raabe, PhD
    A group for women who have a history of struggling with infertility. Call for more information.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Issues

  • LGBT Youth Group
    (607) 216-0021 ext. 2306
    email: lgbt@ppsfl.org
    During the school year: Every Wednesday 4:00PM – 5:30PM
    During summer: Every other Wednesday 4:00PM – 5:30PM
    Group seeks to give LGBTQ youth a safe, supportive space to hang out and talk to someone about sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity. Games and snacks provided.
    Ages: 14-20
  • Out for Health: LGBT Health and Wellness program
    (607) 216-0021 ext. 2306
    email: lgbt@ppsfl.org
    Meets Tuesday evenings. Call for times.
    Support and information group for adults raising gender expansive and transgender teens. The goal of the group is to give  caregivers of gender non‐conforming and gender questioning adolescents a place to connect, decompress, and gather resources in a non‐judgmental, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Monthly Support Meeting
    (607) 753-7381
    www. pflagithacacortland.com/PFLAG_Ithaca_Cortland/Welcome.html
    PFLAG promotes the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, their family and friends through support, education and advocacy.

Marijuana Addiction

  • Marijuana Anonymous
    (800) 766-6779
    www.marijuana-anonymous.org
    A fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength and hope with each other so they may recover from marijuana addiction. Wednesdays 12:00 noon, Fridays 5:00 pm at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.

Military/Veterans

  • Help for Veterans
    (607) 387-6676, Steve Bieler, LCSW
    Support for combat veterans of any war zone. Call for more information.
  • Military Family Support Group
    (607) 220-9664, Ed and Sheila Enstine
    Emotional and practical support to military families in our area. If you have a loved one currently serving in the military or if you have served and would like to share your insights and experiences, please join us. Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm at Danby Federated Church, 1859 Danby Road, Danby. Please bring a dish to pass.
  • Military Family Support Group
    (607) 589-4550, Bill
    A dish-to-pass meal for family or friends who have loved ones serving in the military. Some Wednesdays (call), 6:30 pm at Danby Federated Church, 1859 Danby Road, Danby.

Narcotic Addiction

  • Narcotics Anonymous
    (607) 387-8292
    www.na.org
    A fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We meet regularly to stay clean. Sundays, 5:00 pm at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca (check website for other times and locations).

Parenting/Family

  • Ithaca Sensory Parents Support Group
    ithacasensoryparentsgroup@gmail.com, Sasha Beram, Rebecca Lesser
    A group to support and empower local families who have children with sensory processing challenges. The group offers many resources, social events, and services for free and no diagnosis is required to join. Email for more information.
  • Mommy Time
    (607) 319-4931, Marnie Waxman, LCSW-R
    marniewaxman@yahoo.com
    A process-oriented group for mothers who have given birth in the last year. Group will address shifts in identity (both personal and professional) and explore the joys and struggles of motherhood. Thursdays in Ithaca. Call for more information.
  • Multiple Miracles
    (607) 229-6439, Deborah Kiely
    Support group for caregivers or expectant parents of twins, triplets or more. Meetings at The Carriage House, 305 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca; call for times.
  • Parent Support Group
    The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County
    (607) 273-9250, Pat Vincent, Charles Niven
    www.mhaedu.org
    An educational support group for families who have children with special needs, or parents who have a mental health diagnosis. First and third Mondays, 301 S Geneva Street, Suite 109 Ithaca. Call to register.
  • Parenting Skills
    (607) 339-7825, Garin Danner, LMHC
    A course on developing effective parenting skills. Call for more information.
  • Parenting Your Teen
    (607) 387-5925, Gail Zussman, LCSW
    A group offered to parents or guardians of teenagers. Call for more information.
  • Parenting: The Hardest Job in The World
    (607) 272-2292, Anna
    Share your strengths and learn new strategies for parenting. Learn the Five Parenting Skills: Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control and Respect Feelings. Free childcare provided. Wednesdays, 6:30 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.
  • Protective Parenting
    The Advocacy Center
    (607) 277-3203, Keli Miller; 24-hour crisis line (607) 277-5000
    www.theadvocacycenter.org
    A support group for parents or guardians of children who have been sexually abused. Call for meeting time and place.

Parkinson’s Disease

  • Parkinson’s Support Group
    Tompkins County Office for the Aging
    (607) 274-5482, David Stoyell
    www.co.tompkins.ny.us/cofa
    A group for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Third Wednesdays, 2:00 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.

Perpetrators of Abuse

  • Domestic Offense Offender Re-education Services (DOORS)
    Tompkins County Mental Health Clinic
    (607) 274-6230, Linda Riley, LCSW
    www.co.tompkins.ny.us/departments/detail.aspx?DeptID=28
    A group for men 18 and over who have used violence or other abusive behavior to control their partners. Participants must be court mandated. Wednesdays, 6:00 pm at 201 East Green Street, Ithaca.
  • Sex Offender Addiction Retraining (SOAR)
    Tompkins County Mental Health Clinic
    (607) 274-6230, Linda Riley, LCSW
    www.co.tompkins.ny.us/departments/detail.aspx?DeptID=28
    A long-term cognitive-behavioral and relapse prevention therapy group for adult male sex offenders. Juvenile group also offered. Pretreatment group required. Call for more information.

Pet Loss

  • Pet Loss Support Group
    (607) 253-3932, Jane Baker-Segelken, MA, LMFW
    (607) 273-3063, Cathie Simpson, PhD, LMHC
    This monthly group is for people who have experienced the loss of a beloved pet, and is open to all humans. People pay tribute to their pets and provide support to each other. Participants are encouraged to bring a picture or other memento. Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 pm at 316 East Court Street, Ithaca. Please use Linn Street entrance (purple door, large white sign that reads PET LOSS GROUP).
  • Pet Loss Hotline
    Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
    (607) 253-3932
    Available Tuesday-Thursday, 6pm-9pm.

Physical Abuse/Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence Support Group
    The Advocacy Center
    (607) 277-3203, Julia or Aileen; 24-hour crisis line (607) 277-5000
    www.theadvocacycenter.org
    A support group for adult women who are in, or have been in, an abusive relationship. Call for meeting time and place.

Postpartum Disorders

  • Postpartum Depression Support Group
    Brief Therapy Associates
    (607) 275-3675, Diane Jerdan, LCSW
    www.brief-therapy.com
    This group helps participants understand depressive symptoms associated with postpartum depression. Call for meeting time and place.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • PTSD Ithaca
    (607) 379-8907 (Chrystal) or (607) 279-0772 (Tom)
    www.ptsdithaca.org
    Social, educational and self-help support group to assist those individuals in and around Ithaca who have been diagnosed with (or think they may have) post-traumatic stress disorder. Call for more information.

Relationships/Interpersonal Skills

  • Recovering Couples Anonymous
    (607) 256-3499
    www.recovering-couples.org
    Support group helps couples to find freedom from dysfunctional patterns in their relationship by restoring healthy communication and intimacy. Mondays and Fridays, 7:30 pm at 518 West Seneca Street, Ithaca.
  • Relationships in the 21st Century
    (607) 257-5008, Stephen Slade Tien, PhD
    www.sstien.com
    An adult coed therapy group focused on exploration of attachment, intimacy, sexuality and commitment. Call for more information.

Self Injury/Self Mutilation

  • DBT Skills Training Group
    Denise Wittlin-Horvath, LCSW, NPP
    (607) 256-1167
    Therapeutic support group that teaches individuals mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation. Call for information.

Sexual Abuse/Rape

  • Beginning Again
    Family and Children’s Service/The Advocacy Center
    (607) 277-3203, Bonni Georgia
    www.theadvocacycenter.org
    Therapeutic support group for girls ages 13-17 who have experienced sexual abuse, dating violence or child abuse. Call for meeting time and place.
  • Protective Parenting
    The Advocacy Center
    (607) 277-3203,Keli Miller; 24-hour crisis line (607) 277-5000
    www.theadvocacycenter.org
    A support group for parents or guardians of children who have been sexually abused. Call for meeting time and place.

Sex Addiction

  • Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)
    (607) 592-9393
    www.slaafws.org
    slaa_ithaca@yahoo.com
    SLAA is a 12-step fellowship for those who have a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. We meet Monday, 7:30 pm and Saturday, noon at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St. (located in the basement). Website includes self-assessment quiz.

Spiritual/Religious Crisis

  • Moving Forward From Religious Opression
    (607) 272-8572, Clare Nicholetti, LCSW
    Often the culture from which we came, along with the religious practices, are no longer meaningful or relevant in our lives. This group offers a safe place to express this, and supports an individual’s spiritual journey. Every other Thursday, 6:00 pm at The Wellness Center, Community Corners, Ithaca.

Suicide

  • After-Trauma Services
    Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service 

    (607) 272-1505; 24-hour crisisline (607) 272-1616 for immediate assistance
    www.ithacacrisis.org
    Support group for survivors of suicide loss.  Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm @ SPCS, 124 E Court St. in Ithaca.

Trauma

  • After-Trauma Services
    Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service
    607) 272-1505; 24-hour crisisline (607) 272-1616 for immediate assistance
    www.ithacacrisis.org
    Individual counseling up to eight free sessions for all residents of Tompkins County coping with a past or current trauma.

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
    Daniela Hess School, (607) 539-1114

    Last Wednesday of the Month, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 306 North Aurora Street