A Starting Point

The journey toward overcoming social anxiety must start at the beginning -- at square one.  Once you get started properly, anxiety gets easier and easier to handle.  In our therapy groups, we break things up into smaller pieces so that we can learn things faster (and do them sooner).  It is surprising when you've felt anxious all your life about something, that you can learn to calm yourself down and do something like introduce yourself with only a little anxiety.  Thankfully, the fact is that you can learn how to do it in a short period of time, if done in the right way.  Our research tells us that people have virtually NO anxiety about making introductions after the first group is over.

By starting at square one today, you can be 50% over and done with social anxiety within several months.  Think about where you'd be at the end of a year!  Although the task of starting may seem daunting, once you begin your progress grows exponentially as the weeks and months go by.  It's all good news. If you keep proactive, you’ll see progress.

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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.