Deborah Cohen, MFT, MPH

Psychotherapy and Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapist

Davis, CA and Sacramento, CA

Group Therapy & Workshops

Group therapy can be even more powerful than individual counseling for learning intimacy skills and learning to receive support from people who struggle with similar life challenges. Therapy groups are a great addition to individual counseling and sometimes a more appropriate way to work on relationship challenges.

I often recommend group therapy to those who cannot afford to do individual counseling yet want to develop the skills and tools to achieve their goals for healing and wholeness.

For more information about the benefits of group therapy, please visit my website:

I am a nationally certified group psychotherapist and have had 25 years of experience in facilitating all kinds of groups.


Free Sacramento Valley Awakening to Spirit Group in Sacramento and Davis:

This is a free spiritual exploration group that meets in Sacramento the first Saturday morning of each month and in Davis the third Saturday of each month. People can come to either or both group gatherings. If you are interested in exploring the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Pema Chodron, Adyashanti, Gangaji, and other leading-edge spiritual teachers, the group will likely be a fit for you. Group members learn tools and techniques for “transcending” the ego. By “transcending” I mean to become non-attached from your ego as well as being able to witness the ego neutrally and without judgment. (Another way of saying this is to move beyond the limitations of your life’s “story.”)

The group sessions include support for your spiritual practice, group meditation, the use of tools that alleviate suffering and provide inner peace, and practices for connecting with the “neutral witness.”

Meetings in Sacramento take place the first Saturday of each month from 10 am – noon.

Meetings in Davis take place the third Saturday of each month from 10 am to noon.

You can read more about this group and about upcoming gatherings on my website


I also offer the following groups:


Soul-Discovery: Leading a Soul-Filled Life

This group is for adult women and men who want to explore what the soul is and how to access its wisdom for inner guidance.  We will work with techniques and experiential exercises designed to help clear stuck emotional and mental personality conditioning that hinder your ability to connect with your intuition and to trust it.  Group processes will include dreamwork, using the wisdom of the Enneagram, working with positive shadow, forgiveness work, guided visualizations, SoulCollage, and other creative ways to express your Soul-Self and manifest the life you were born to live.

New group begins in February or March. Group will meet in Sacramento on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 pm.


Self Discovery Group: Transforming the Shadow Within

This group is for adult men and women who are interested in exploring unconscious motivations (the “shadow” self), and ways in which the ego maintains its hold on us. We use dreamwork, group energy therapy techniques, the Enneagram (a tool to understand the personality self), Byron Katie’s “the Work,” and other techniques to help clear mental and emotional patterning. We explore teachings about manifestation and teachings about how we project (make false assumptions about) our issues onto others and onto the world. Group members give and receive support as they work together to deepen their self-understanding and to connect with their soul-wisdom and inner guidance. New group begins in Davis on January 28, and will meet onTuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm.  There are two openings in the group. Fee is $45 per session. Sliding scale fee is offered if needed.


See testimonials below from previous group members:

"I joined Deborah’s 12 week group for two sessions. Although we all led different lifestyles, had different family constellations, varied ages, we came to realize that our issues were quite the same. We worked through some old worn out issues (shadows) that kept getting in our way in our current life, in a very safe supportive environment. We learned some fun, empowering ways to support ourselves and let go of old wounds. Wednesday night group became a time that we could count on to let down, gain insight, be supported and always leave feeling empowered. Deborah provided a “presence” that created a safe cohesive experience."M


"The group provided me with insight and support as I deepened my spiritual experience. The women in the group were inspirational to me on all levels. Hearing others struggles and challenges allowed me to feel more connected to our universal experience of oneness"? D


"?I now have a tool kit of skills and techniques for dealing with shadow, as well as a greater understanding of what shadow is and how it manifests in my life. Additionally, the group provided me with a trusted cadre of like-minded women to support and gain support from. I was continually astonished at how we were often struggling with the same issues at the same time, even though we are all very different people at different places in our lives. I have a greater sense of how we are all connected in this great awakening because of this group." M


1."Learned to value myself.
2. Learned ways to change the way I approach difficult or uncomfortable situations.
3. Experienced the extraordinary power that a group of women hold when they are joining in a spiritual setting.
4. Found new deeper levels of meditation.
5. Loved laughing with the other women about the ways we are so alike.
6. Helped me not be so serious about my perceived shortcomings.

and probably a couple hundred other positive concepts, emotions, skills.

Most of all, I loved, absolutely loved, making the connection with the women who came each week. Having the support of those women, including Deborah as facilitator, was profound and incredibly supportive for me. Knowing one is loved by others despite our flaws was wonderful." K


"?I had no idea what “shadow” was when I started attending your class. I had been attending Deborah's Saturday monthly classes, and was being exposed to spiritual ideas which were both familiar and new to me. The Wednesday night meetings gave me tools to delve further into understanding myself and to understand how I hamper my own personal growth. It was a safe environment in which I could explore and share, and perhaps even help others. Deborah is a gifted teacher, and being in the group was very enlightening. Thank you!" S


"This group was an incredibly safe and supportive experience to both begin and continue the process of identifying, understanding, and embracing my shadow aspects. It was deeply healing and made possible a deepening of spirituality that I had yearned for. It also created a community of lovely, spiritually-oriented women also committed to evolving consciousness, all of us learning so much from one another. It changed my life in big and small ways! I am so grateful to Deborah for this heart-opening group experience!"MR


"I'?d like to tell people who are seriously interested in personal growth and expansion, as I am, that the several weeks I spent in Deborah's Shadow group was more than I ever hoped for. I am a person who has been in groups and therapy for years looking to open to all that I could possibly be in this lifetime. I was looking for a support group where others could really listen and help me unearth those deep thoughts and feelings I had long ago forgotten. Others in the group offered insights into places I didn'?t previously look. As a result, I made quantum leaps in areas I was willing to explore. I am more accepting of who I am, warts and all." D


Deborah’s Workshops:

I offer periodic weekend workshops and retreats on the topics of “Finding your Life’s Purpose,” “Dream Work for the Soul,” Self Hypnosis for Chronic Pain,” and on “Eating Disorders Recovery.”

I will soon offer weekend "couples relationship remedy" retreats for intensiev couples work (stay tuned!)

I also offer talks and trainings at conferences and workshops.


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Davis, CA 95616
Sacramento Office: (916) 389-2800
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