Links to Social Anxiety Groups
In fulfilling our mission statement, we want to encourage active, structured, cognitive-behavioral groups get started and continue. We want to encourage groups that help people overcome social anxiety. Also, see Successful Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and What is Comprehensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
Active, Currently Operating CBT Groups for Social Anxiety
All of these groups use the active, structured therapy series "Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step". They are all closed groups, meaning they have a start date and an end date. Later strategies build on earlier strategies, so participation in the therapy group is vital to the success of overcoming social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
The Social Anxiety Institute in Phoenix: We run three 14-week groups every calendar year, which means we have a comprehensive, structured, and active group of people here at all times of the year. This is an all-day Saturday group, and it further includes behavioral and social activities almost every day of the week. Twice a year we run an international therapy group, three weeks in length, for people who have completed the audio series "Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step". Currently, Dr. Richards runs all of these groups. The Social Anxiety Institute is the only therapy and treatment center to focus completely on helping people overcome social anxiety.
Richard A. Preuit, M.A., LMFT - Practice in Arcadia, California (Los Angeles area). Rich is a licensed therapist, specializing in the treatment of social anxiety, and has been offering friendly, active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety for over 13 years. He is currently enrolling for a 14-week, Fall/Winter 2013-2014 CCBT Group, meeting afternoons (1:00 PM to 4:00 ). In the safety of the group you will learn, practice, and apply the OSA:SBSconcepts, techniques, and strategies to your life...and then gradually and gently move out into the real world based on your own unique needs – no pressure! Completing an Intake Assessment and CCBT Group Contract are pre-requirements for group membership. For more information, contact Rich at email@example.com leave a voicemail message at 626.919.5903.
Two intensive, 20-week CBT groups for social anxiety per year for any socially anxious adult. These groups are preceded by a free, introductory educational workshop on CBT for social anxiety, which serves as a chance for you to check it out. When there is enough interest, a social anxiety CBT group is offered specifically for the LGBT community.
Sherman Oaks, California (Los Angeles County): Anita Avedian, MFT holds a weekly therapy group for social anxiety that runs from 7:30pm - 8:45pm.
Connecticut (Greater New Haven area) - CT group based on Dr. Richards' Program. Meeting time: Saturday 9:30-12:30 in New Haven. About 20 weeks long. Next session: Spring 2013. Please email Marla at firstname.lastname@example.org now if interested. This is a very supportive group in a comfortable setting, with no pressure. The group has been running successfully for over 6 years with 2 sessions per year.
Upstate NY: Groups now operating in the Syracuse area. Contact Gina via email at ginad42 AT gmail.com or via phone/text at 484-250-2077. Gina has attended the international group at SAI as well as Rich Preuit's group in Los Angeles.
Belgrade, Serbia: Starting a comprehensive CBT group based on Dr. Richards' audio therapy series. For more information, please contact Danijela at email@example.com.
Plymouth and Chesham, UK: Social Anxiety Therapy Centre
We run a 15 week structured course, based on Dr. Richards' Audio Series. The course is led by Peter N Ralph, BSc (Honours) Psychology who specialises in Social Anxiety Disorder. He has been running these courses for over ten years. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0800 206 1663
Sacramento, California: Contact Josh at email@example.com for additional information.
Perth, Australia: Group operating from Jan/February 2014 to overcome SA based on Dr Richards comprehensive audio therapy series. Group is being run by individual who has successfully worked through SA by utilising therapy series and who also attended international group therapy in Phoenix 2012. The atmosphere will be of absolute acceptance and understanding and no pressure will be asked of anybody. Progress is individual to everybody so you will move at your own pace. And the emphasis of the groups will be on solutions so the goal of successfully overcoming SA will be met. For any further information please contact Paul on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 042-083-9270.
You can also list your therapy group (or try to find one operating) in the forum at the Social Anxiety Institute website: Social Anxiety Forum.
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