COVID-19 Drop-In Peer Support Groups

COVID-19 has suddenly forced medical first responders to face the greatest pandemic of our lives, and many are feeling stretched to their limits. If you’re a health care worker feeling stressed and overwhelmed by this crisis, we are here to help.

The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles provides free drop-in peer support groups designed specifically to support you, the healthcare workers we depend on, who are facing COVID-19 and experiencing symptoms, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Headaches
  • Numbness
  • Irritability
  • Feeling out of control
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Exhaustion
  • Not “yourself” lately
  • Find yourself crying more often
  • Symptoms of prior traumas, including from PTSD
  • Difficulty “turning it off” when you are not at work
  • Questioning your career choices often
  • Questioning how long you can continue in your job

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, support groups can help you connect with peers going through the same struggles, with the support of a certified group therapist.

The Details:

Choose how you want to participate: Our drop-in groups are designed to allow you to participate in whatever way is most comfortable for you. You can attend any meeting that works with your schedule and there is no ongoing commitment to a group. You can enter the zoom room with your video on or off, your audio on or off and with your actual name or an alias. You can share when and if you feel comfortable. Silence is participation. We honor where you are and what you need. 

How to join: The zoom link is embedded in the calendar. Please click the day/time that works for you and the zoom link will appear in the drop down menu. 

Confidentiality: We do ask that all participants uphold confidentiality. Participants will be directed to read the “group agreements” in the chat box upon arrival. However, we have no way to ensure nor enforce confidentiality. If you choose to share, we encourage you to only share what you are comfortable with within that framework. 

The group leaders: Our drop-in groups are facilitated by experienced mental health clinicians who are certified by the American Group Psychotherapy Association. These are not therapy groups. They are drop-in peer support groups. The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) has contributed to organizing this volunteer effort by CGPs (Certified Group Psychotherapists) in Southern California but holds no liability or jurisdiction over the groups themselves.

Have questions, comments or suggestions? Reach us anytime at: gpalacovidtaskforce@gmail.com

You don’t have to go through this alone. We’re here to help.