Support Groups

Coping Skills Groups

These affirming groups are designed support your growth as you navigate difficult feelings and experiences.

St. Petersburg Community Center | Fridays from 1-2:30PM

Tampa Community Center | Thursdays from 12-1:30PM

Some Things We'll Practice:

Learn how to keep your mind focused on the “here and now,” instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Feel less guilt and anxiety as you center on the daily values that will help you become the person you want to be.

How would your life change if you could control how you feel? Learn to manage your feelings by analyzing your thoughts and changing your actions. Reduce the time you feel “bad” and increase the time you feel “good.”

Learn how to find satisfaction in a relationship without hurting the person you love or feeling like you are always giving in. We’ll practice asking for help, as well as how to say “no” without feeling guilty.

Learn what you can do when things go wrong and there’s nothing you can to change it. Deal with upsetting emotions without doing something you may regret later.

Substance Misuse Groups


METRO’s Behavioral Health services offer a number opportunities to assist people with substance misuse issues and recovery, including individual or group counseling. Our outpatient treatment and counseling options can help you counteract addiction’s powerful and disruptive effects. Learn more about these programs:

Project CARE provides addiction recovery & relapse services for minority gay and bisexual men and all trans individuals in Pinellas and Hillsborough. Participants receive free counseling, ongoing support, HIV/HCV testing, linkage to services, and gift cards.

Call (727) 321-3854 or email to learn more.

METRO offers outpatient substance misuse counseling for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. This program offers services tailored to individuals in their own personal stage of recovery. The program is free and confidential. Participants will earn gift cards, gas cards, and bus passes as incentives for attendance.

Hours & Location:
Mondays and Wednesdays
12:00pm Lunch Provided, 1:00pm Group Therapy
St. Pete Community Center

Provides therapeutic and peer support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences of how the disease has affected their lives. Learn new coping skills while providing support and feedback to each other. Topics include relationships, stigma of being HIV+, cultural issues, and goals for the future. Meal provided.

Hours & Location:
Wednesdays, 10:00am, St. Pete Community Center
Wednesdays, 1:00pm, Tampa Community Center


Treatment that increases the emotional, physical, and mental health of individuals struggling with the recovery from substance misuse. Those who have a difficult time verbally expressing themselves or those who are just looking for a new way to express themselves will find Creative Recovery provides the venue for self-expression with a more open interaction than the traditional method of talk therapy through collage, painting, drawing, writing, music, meditation, role-plays and more. Lunch provided.

Hours & Location: Currently on Hiatus
Thursdays, 12:30pm, St. Pete Community Center

A focus on substance misuse, relapse prevention, and living healthy with HIV/AIDS. Share experiences, strength, and hope with one another. Learn healthy coping skills to manage daily stressors without resorting to substance use with tools such as music and art therapy, expressive work, educational interventions, and much more. Lunch Provided.

Hours & Location: Currently on Hiatus
Tuesdays, 1:30pm, Tampa Community Center

Explore and develop a stronger relationship with self with respect, honor, and love, and learn how to have healthy relationships with others utilizing meditations, self-esteem exercises, writing and art exercises, mindfulness, communication exercises, and other practices. Meal provided.

Hours & Location: Currently on Hiatus
Fridays, 2:30pm, St. Pete Community Center
Mondays, 2:30pm, Tampa Community Center


METRO accepts most major insurances and offers sliding fee scale self-pay options, based on income.
Contact us at 727-321-3854 for an appointment or inquire about a specific program.