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List of International Trauma Survivor Support Groups

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If you know of or are involved in a PTSD support group please let us know. Please include the name of the group, phone number, address, contact name and any additional information including how long the group has been in existence. Thank you.

Global List of Trauma Groups - Online and Offline:

California | Illinois | Indiana | Maine | Massachusettes | Michigan | New Jersey | North Carolina
Ohio | Pennsylvania | Texas | Washington | Wisconsin | Canada | U.K. | Germany | South Africa

GriefNet - an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss.

50 e-mail support groups.

International Support Group (ISG)

Phone no. (252) 728-5460
Contact: Ann B White, President
Veterans Advocate
Link address:
There is also additional information booklets of PTSD available for purchase and for free as well to donate and to be member of the support group.

Pandora's Aquarium

- online support group, message board, & chat room for rape, sexual abuse, & sexual assault survivors. Also has lending library.

Bring Back the Light Support Groups
Click here: Find a Meeting!
e-mail for details.

Recovery International

Recovery International is an international organization that provides community-based, peer-led support groups that teach a cognitive-behavioral self-help process. Our mission is to provide an effective, compassionate path to self-managed recovery for people with a wide range of mental illnesses and behavioral disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety/panic, PTSD, OCD, and chronic stress. Visit our website to learn more and to locate a meeting near you.


Edward J. Madara, M.S.
American & NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouses
375 E. McFarlan St.
Dover, NJ 07801
973-989-1122; Fax 973-989-1159

"We are a non-profit service, based at St. Clare's Hospital in Dover, NJ, that helps people to find self-help support for all types of trauma and adversity. We provide a free keyword-searchable database online at our website. We also provide information on similar local self-help group clearinghouses worldwide. Our website is:"

Panic Survivor

is an online community focused on shifting the anxiety and panic "sufferer" from the "victim attitude" to a "survival attitude". The site provides hope and motivation for long time "sufferers" in preparing and working a survival plan, as well as motivation for those experiencing an anxiety related disorder for the first time. The site provides information and support on Panic, General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Agoraphobia, and related disorders. Panic Survivor is a independent site without commercial sponsors.

The ADAA Self-Help Support Group Network

Please contact Carole Ramsey at the ADAA at (240) 485-1001, or by email at for additional information about self-help support groups, including:

Disaster Survivor Support - Yahoo Groups

Contact Person: Nancy Rigg

Drowning Support Network:

Vetwives Living With PTSD Message Board

Support group for women who love men affected by combat-related PTSD.

There are many of us who love someone with PTSD and understand how hard it can often be. However much our hearts may break for the horrific traumas our loved veterans have lived through....we are important too and we hope you will find this a safe comfortable place of understanding friendship and support. You are not alone.

Please visit us at Vetwives Living With PTSD Message Board and be sure to sign our Guestbook!

"AbusedSurvivors" - Yahoo Groups

Website: Abused Survivors

"DissociativeDisorder" - Yahoo Groups

Website: Dissociative Disorder

"Bi-Polar" - Yahoo Groups

Website: Bi-Polar


Los Angeles:

Victim Support
3655 S Grand Ave # 290
Los Angeles, CA 90007-4377
(213) 747-4944

The Art of Healing
Survivors of sexual assault are encouraged to set sail on a trek of
self-expression and self-discovery through the healing force of ART.
Workshops meet the 2nd Friday of each month
Riverside CA USA
For information
call Ph 951 686-7273



Evanston Illinois
Therapy Groups:
Survivors of Trauma and Childhood Abuse

Traumatic experiences can impair a person's sense of self, relationships and belief in a hopeful and promising future. Working through trauma and building new skills can provide deep healing and break the cycle of abuse.

This group provides a safe climate in which participants can be heard, remember and mourn. It offers opportunities for healing and supports women's ability to transform their experience from trauma to hope. Trauma isolates. The group creates a sense of belonging.

2 different groups:

Led by Laurie Kahn
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sliding scale fee

Led by Amy Steinhauer
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sliding scale fee

For more information please call Womencare, 847-475-7003, email or visit our website at


Depression & Bipolar Support
Thursday evenings at the UU Church,
Off Broadway-Rockland, Maine
For more information contact:


March 3 - April 14, 2010

Integrated Psychotherapy Support Groups
31 Hastings Street
Mendon, MA
PH: 508.473.1200
F: 508.473.1226
Contact: Sherri Snyder-Roche, MA, LMHC

Mindful Eating ~ Mindful Living for WOMEN
Mindful Eating ~ Mindful Eating for TEENS


The Next Step at P.O. Box 1146, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, USA; Phone: 617-277-7172.
MALE SURVIVOR GROUPS at The Next Step: They currently offer three ongoing male survivor groups. Two are general recovery groups, and the third is for male survivors with issues of sexual addiction or compulsivity. All groups are led by Thom Harrigan. Please contact Thom for further information.


PTSD Survivors Support Group
Co-Founders Michele Burcar and Deb Medor-Watson
548 Riviera Shores Drive
Holly MI 48442, USA

We are an information and support group, we meet formally every third Tuesday of the Month in Holly MI. We have a lending library, monthly topics and discussion. We have made a commitment to local Veterans groups to volunteer. Anyone interested in this type of format please contact us. Friendships develop and support is fantastic


Women and Trauma: a support group for women recovering from childhood abuse, rape, assault or any other trauma. The group meets weekly in Oakland County and is facilitated by a licensed professional counselor.
Contact info: Call Gail at (248) 650-3795 or email: for more info.



"LIVE", a self-help group for women who were victims of incest as children, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross, 23333 Schoolcraft Rd., Redford, Michigan. Call Antonette at (313)971-4747 or Cheri at (586)489-1785 for information and directions.

Our website is:

New Jersey:

Edward J. Madara, M.S.
American & NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouses
375 E. McFarlan St.
Dover, NJ 07801
973-989-1122; Fax 973-989-1159
"We are a non-profit service, based at St. Clare's Hospital in Dover, NJ, that helps people to find self-help support for all types of trauma and adversity. We provide a free keyword-searchable database online at our website. We also provide information on similar local self-help group clearinghouses worldwide. Our website is:"

North Carolina:

The majority of their work is in helping people locate support groups and medical information local to Charlotte, NC. but also helps people all over the country start support groups since that can be done by e-mail, phone, and mail.
Find groups at



National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse.
Provides materials on consumer and mental health issues. Guide to starting your own consumer self help group. Requests for information and referrals call 800-553-4539 Fax: 215-636-6310
Mail: 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Westmoreland PTSD Support Group meets monthly every 2nd an 4th Thursday at 7:00 PM at the University of Pittsburgh At Greensburg in Chambers Hall, Room 214.
The peer group members discuss and learn to identify PTSD symptoms and their effects, set goals, and take positive action toward moderating and ameliorating symptoms and behavior. The support group encourages getting professional diagnosis, getting mental health help and getting support by attending peer PTSD support group meetings. We receive from and make referrals to mental health professionals.

Information: Dixie Page Herrington, Group Leader
(724) 532-5927 or e-mail:

Philadelphia, PA.
Contact: Hello, my name is Rashni Stanford, and I am the founder of the PTSD Support Group of Philadelphia. We hold meetings in various places in and around Philadelphia, picking a topic suggested by members of the website, and bringing information on that topic.


Austin, TX

PTSD Processing Group
Weekly support group for adult survivors of trauma. This group meets on a weekly basis and is lead by Teri Geffner, LCSW, formerly IVAT (Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma).
Contact Person: Teri Geffner
Contact Number: 512-843-7665
Our website:


Seattle, Washington,
Putting the Past Behind: a sexual abuse recovery group
This small, supportive therapy group is designed to lessen isolation and shame for women who've experienced childhood sexual abuse. Groups meet once a week for 18 - 21 weeks.
Groups are held twice annually (March & October starting dates.)
Initial no-charge consultation. Each group has a space for one pro-bono client.

Dates: Next group begins Tues March 8th, 2011
Time: 5:00pm - 6:25pm
Cost: $45 per session
Location: 4511 Densmore Ave N, Suite B, Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: Ellen M Rugg, MA, MSW, LICSW (206) 547-7844

Help for Persons in Recovery and Their Families and Friends
Counseling Seattle Directory


PTSD counselling and help
Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and family
3931 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 388-0281


Wisconsin Community Mental Health Counseling Centers


Peer-led, self-help support groups
Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia

An International Database for the UK and Ireland

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood
has a list of support groups in the United Kingdon and Ireland.

Survivors in the U.K.

David Bennett (Director)
Trauma Centre (U.K.),
Emergency Services Trauma Specialists
Reg'd Charity No.1061443
Tel No. +44(0)1792 521063
17, Ruggles Terrace,
Swansea. SA 6 7 JB. Wales. UK.
URL: "A Specialist Centre for all Trauma Survivors".


Contact: Iris Day.
Information on Police related PTSD. The site is a project of the Police Trainer Association in Germany.

Somerset West, South Africa

Rape Crisis Helderberg
Weekly support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This self-help group meets on a weekly basis and is based on a 12-step program for woman, 18 years or older, who were sexually abused as children.
Contact Person: Reinette Evans
Contact Number: 083 484 9409
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We are not recommending these groups but are listing them for informational purposes only.

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