Support Groups

The following is a list of support groups which are available to individuals living in the Connecticut Shoreline area.  Their inclusion on this web site is for the convenience of our site visitors and should not be construed as an endorsement by The Center for Psychotherapy, Inc., nor should it be considered to be an exhaustive list.  If you know of, or sponsor,  additional groups that you would like to have added to this list, please use the Contact Us form.

Agoraphobia  Support groups for individuals who suffer from agoraphobia, panic, or generalized anxiety disorder are offered throughout the state, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Connecticut.  For more information call (800) 842-1501 or (860) 529-1970.

AIDS  Support group information for individuals testing HIV-positive, having ARC/AIDS, or for those family members and significant others.  For more information call the National AIDS Hotline, (800) 342-2437; Spanish, (800) 344-7432; hearing impaired, (800) 243-7889.

Alcoholics Anonymous  AA assists men and women in obtaining and maintaining sobriety while also helping others to recover from alcoholism.  For more information call (888) 624-6063 (shoreline area) or (860) 268-2067 (southeast Connecticut).

Alopecia Areata  National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Greater Hartford Chapter, provides support and information for those suffering from Alopecia Areata.  For more information call (860) 779-0944.

Alzheimer's Association  Support groups, 24-hour-a-day multilingual telephone support, and educational programs.  For more information call (800) 356-5502.  

The Arthritis Foundation  Support groups, telephone support, self-help, and exercise classes for people with arthritis or fibromyalgia.  For more information call (860) 563-1177 or (800) 541-8350.

Autism Society of Connecticut  Support and information for parents.  For more information call (203) 235-7629 or (800) 3-AUTISM.

Bereavement  The Middlesex Medical Center, Shoreline, sponsors a bereavement support group the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Center, Route 153, Essex.  The group is free and open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one in recent months.  Registration is not necessary.  For more information call (860) 344-6725.

Brain Injury Association of Connecticut, Inc.  Support, information, and education for persons with traumatic brain injury and their families.  For more information call (860) 721-8111 or (800) 278-8242.

Breast Cancer  Breast cancer patients are welcome to join a breast cancer support group in Old Saybrook that meets every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 PM at the First Church of Christ, Congregational at 366 Main Street.  It is sponsored by Y-Me of Connecticut Cancer Support Organization.  For more information or to register, call (800) 933-4YME.

Connecticut Down's Syndrome Congress  Statewide resource for families and professionals involved with a person who has Down's Syndrome.  Activities include prenatal information, new family/parent to parent support.  For more information call (860) 247-6552.

The Cove  Support groups for children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.  For more information call (800) 750-COVE.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America  Support groups for individuals with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and their families.  For more information call (800) 578-2232.

Depression  Support group for depression and bipolar disorder.  Meets Saturdays at 7 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 91 Old Rock Hill Road, Wallingford.  Log onto and click on support groups to confirm information before attending.

Divorced Men  The Divorced Men's Association is for those living between the Rhode Island border and New Haven and meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Madison Congregational Church.  Call Phil at (203) 421-4639 for more information.

Depression and Bipolar Disorder   A peer-led support group for individuals living with depression and bipolar disorder and their family members is forming in Old Saybrook. The group will meet at the Acton Public Library, located at 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybook, 860-395-3184, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 6PM-8PM.  For further information call Wendy Toney 860-388-6462.

Domestic Violence  Domestic Violence Valley Shore Services, 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, offers support services and advocacy to victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence.  All services are free and confidential.  Open Tuesday from 9 AM to 3 PM and Thursday from 1 PM to 7 PM.  For more information, call (860) 399-4300.

Dual Diagnosis  For people with both mental illness and substance abuse issues.  Meets Wednesdays from 3-4 PM at the Grace Episcopal Church (Hudson Room), 338 Main Street, Old Saybrook.  

Families Anonymous  Support groups to help parents cope with children who have alcohol, drug, or behavioral problems.  For more information call (800) 736-9805.

For Men Only  A group for divorced, separated, or widowed men meets Wednesdays from 7 to 9 PM in the shoreline area.  The group will share companionship and experiences and discuss men's issues.  There is no fee.  For more information, call Jim at (203) 458-2556.

Gamblers Anonymous  GA helps bring together people with gambling problems to help them stop gambling while helping other compulsive gamblers do the same as well as offer support and information to spouses, family members, and friends.  For more information call (203) 777-5585.

International Rett Syndrome Association  Provides information, referrals, peer support among parents for parents, professionals, and others concerned with Rett Syndrome.  For more information call (800) 818-RETT.

Lyme Disease Foundation  Support groups and information on Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders.  For more information call the LDF National Hotline (800) 886-LYME.

Narcotics Anonymous  NA is a fellowship of addicts helping addicts to recover from addiction.  Nar-Anon Family Groups offers mutual support to families and friends of drug abusers and addicts.  For more information call (800) 627-3543.

Parent and Tot Group  PATTS, a program for parents and tiny tots, meets every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 AM at the Community Center in the Westbrook Public Library.  The program is open to all parents on the shoreline and tri-town area who stay at home full- or part-time to care for their small children.  For more information, call Petra at (860) 669-7681 or Linda at (860) 399-5402.

Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.  Support groups for parents and families.  For more information call (203) 458-1077.

United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc.  Support groups for parents and young adults with cerebral palsy.  For more information call (800) 872-5827.

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