Our 20th Year and the upcoming Group

The Social Anxiety Institute begins its 20th year of continous group therapy for social anxiety, this Saturday by welcoming new members for the local group program, virtually all of who moved here from other states, due to lack of treatment availability where they lived.  The all-day Saturday group is welcoming people from Washington State, Oregon, California, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  The new group begins Saturday, January 26th and runs for 14 weeks.   After being with us for a time, some of these members will go back home ready to lead a group themselves.  The goal of each person is to overlearn the cognitive-behavioral therapy so that the anxiety strategies and methods become automatic, and social anxiety is gone permanently.  The new neural pathways have grown stronger than the neural pathways that lead to irrational anxiety.   

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The Social Anxiety Association

The Social Anxiety Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to meet the growing needs of people with social anxiety.  The SAA became inactive for several years due to lack of resources.  We are in the process of re-doing our website, listing all active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety, and renewing all our licenses.  Major changes will be happening by the end of 2013.  We publish new web content -- concerning social anxiety -- almost daily on the site now.

The Social Anxiety Institute is the largest website on the internet about social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Therapy programs have run at the Institute full-time since 1994.  Major new help for overcoming social anxiety is under development and will be introduced in 2013. 

For treatment: Overcoming social anxiety: Step by Step   A structured guide to overcoming social anxiety (a "How to" guide to get over social anxiety).

The Anxiety Network explains and describes five major anxiety disorders.

Guidelines for listing social anxiety groups on this site.  We cannot officially endorse groups, so check them out thoroughly.  We ask that they be groups that are operating, have a definite leader, and are thoroughly structured.  Social anxiety therapy groups are very different than the groups that operate for other mental health conditions.