Anxiety, Trauma, OCD, Mood Disorder Support Groups

Pathlight offers free, trained facilitator-led, support groups for those struggling with anxiety, trauma, OCD and mood disorders. Pathlight also offers some support groups for families and community members. These support groups provide support, resources and education on treatment and recovery.

Virtual Mental Health Support Groups

Why Join a Support Group

While each mental health journey is unique, finding a network of supportive individuals who can relate to your story can provide valuable information, perspective, and peer guidance, reminding you throughout that you are not alone.

How it Works / How to Join

Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center’s free Mental Health Support Groups offer peer support facilitated by trained clinicians.

Browse our comprehensive list of weekly support group offerings as well as our time limited support series to find a group that best meets your unique needs. Once you have found the group that best suits you, simply click ‘register’ and follow the registration prompts. You will receive a confirmation with the support group zoom link to the email provided during registration (Pro Tip: this link will remain the same from week to week, so no need to register again!)


Build Your Support Community

Please note, the size of our group may fluctuate from week to week. Any group that consistently has 20 or more attendees is evaluated by our team to ensure all participants are able to have a positive experience. To reduce overflow of our weekly support groups, we ask that you limit registration to one group at a time (Pro Tip: If you are feeling like you need a little extra support, we suggest looking into our support group series which can offer additional opportunities to connect.)

Support Group Guidelines

To best ensure a safe space for all group members along their mental health journey, our facilitators ask that each attendee abide by the following guidelines.


  • No cell phones or electronic devices in group
  • You must be alone and in a private room
  • Confidentiality - what is said in group stays in group
  • Be mindful of what is in your camera view
  • Camera must be on during group
  • Group members are invited to change their display name to first name only​
  • For the privacy of our attendees, we do not allow observers

Content of Discussion

  • ​Use “I” statements to speak in the first person
  • Please use the term behavior or target behavior to refer to self-harm/suicidal ideation

Parameters of Care

  • Support groups are an adjunct to outpatient care, and do not replace treatment needs​
  • Support groups are not therapy
  • Support groups are peer-led groups
  • A trained facilitator for each group
  • Groups are for individuals 18+

Support Group Series Information

We are eager to respond as we listen to our community’s needs in mental health by providing support group series to address targeted topics to deliver information and provide community. Support group series topics range from Grief to LGBTQ+ and Mental Health and can be attended in conjunction with weekly support group offerings.

Upcoming Offerings

Parenting in the Here & Now: Beginning May 1st, Series for parents, guardians, and other important individuals in a child’s life provides insight and education on important topics surrounding building a connected parent-child relationship, mental health, and positive body image development.

Body Grief Series: Starting September 19th, this group will give words and validation to feelings we have in times of chronic illness, eating disorders, infertility, menopause, and so much more, as it delivers education about body grief by Jayne Mattingly, and provides community of lived experiences during the supportive breakout sessions each week.

Previous Series Offerings

Grief Support Series: This offering provided attendees to learn information about grief, normalize each individual experience, and create a community of grievers through breakout group discussion.

Post-partum Support Series for Birth Parents: Attendees gained education and support around post-partum mental health concerns.

Support Groups For Anxiety, Trauma, OCD and Mood Disorder

We're Listening

Do you have an idea for a support group series? Let us know!

Support Group Suggestion

Support Group Facilitators

Support groups are led by trained facilitators, including members of our Community Outreach Liaisons team.

  • Cara Spagnola
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    Cara Spagnola

    Community Outreach Liaison | Midwest Region
    Cara has over 10 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. She learned along the way that ...
  • Zeina Wu, RD/LDN/CEDRD
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    Zeina Wu

    Community Outreach Liaison | East Region
    Zeina is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian. She graduated from North Carolina State University with ...
  • Katie Bendel, LMSW
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    Katie Bendel

    Community Outreach Liaison | South Region
    Katie believes that recovery and wellness are best developed and reinforced by community with others, and connection to our core ...
  • Emma Boillotat
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    Emma Boillotat

    Alumni & Family Liaison | Mountain Region
    Emma believes in the power of community above all else. She believes that healing and recovery can occur and flourish with the ...
  • Mental health advocate Eric Dorsa
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    Eric Dorsa

    Eric Dorsa is an LGBTQ advocate, actor, comedian, and drag queen currently living in Chicago, Illinois. As an advocate for the ...
  • Tatum Carter portrait
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    Tatum Carter

    Community Outreach Liaison | West Region
    Tatum earned her Master’s of Marriage of Family Therapy degree from Northcentral University and believes that it takes a ...

Award Winning Support

Awarded Healthline's "Best of Online Eating Disorder Support Gropus" for "Best Variety of Groups" in 2021 & 2022.

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Sustaining Progress & Recovery Nationwide

All Eating Recovery Center, LLC sponsored educational activities are presented in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are in need of accommodations please contact [email protected].

Additional Resources to Support Your Mental Health Journey

Everyone’s mental health journey is unique, requiring a diverse variety of supports. Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center is proud to offer free supports that meet the needs of our community. Browse through our offerings, and click to learn more.

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    Mental Note Podcast

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    Recovery Blog

    Our goal is to educate our readers so they can learn about mood & anxiety disorders and mental health.

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    I Thought it was Just Me

    A Pathlight Exclusive Instagram Series with lived-experience speakers who share authentic conversations about rarely discussed, yet common experiences.

Community & Support In Recovery

We offer many support groups specifically for the alumni of our treatment programs to help provide support and sustained recovery. This allows you to connect with others who have had similar experiences to yours, in a safe, supportive and secure environment. All our support groups are facilitated by our Alumni and Family Liaison team, and trained facilitators and clinicians. 


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