Cultivate Courage

Shine at Work


You have a lot to give

You worked hard to get to this point in your career. Educated, skilled, and motivated, you have hopes of climbing the professional ladder.  You want nothing more than to make a meaningful impact.  Only one problem -- social anxiety.  

Social anxiety at work

Social anxiety stops career growth in it's tracks.  If you're socially anxious, you fear humiliation and the judgment of others. This can look like:

  • Making excuses to get out of team lunches

  • Blushing, sweating, or trembling when talking to your boss

  • Turning down a promotion because it requires you to speak publicly

  • Avoiding difficult conversations such as asking for a raise

  • Talking too much or drawing a blank when talking to clients

  • Hiding in your office during work parties

  • Constantly ruminating about what your coworkers think of you

You're not alone

6.8% of American adults live with social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia.  The 3rd most diagnosed mental health condition, SAD is characterized by a chronic and persistent fear of humiliation that gets in the way of functioning at work, school, and in other areas of life.  Unfortunately, only a third of those afflicted seek treatment, often after struggling for years.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 72% of workers who have daily stress and anxiety say it interferes with their lives at least moderately.  While 30% have taken prescription medication to manage stress, nervousness, emotional problems or lack of sleep and 28% have had an anxiety or panic attack, only 9% have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

In other words, you're not alone.  Shyness and anxiety run rampant in the workplace, affecting an estimated 15 million American adults.  One more reason you're not alone? The Social Anxiety Support Center.


Specialized treatment to help you feel confident at work.


There is hope

Here's the good news -- social anxiety is treatable.  Through quality, specialized psychotherapy, you can learn how to soothe anxiety and gradually face your fears.  Therapy can help you:

  • Relate to authority figures with ease

  • Manage teammates effectively

  • Connect authentically with coworkers

  • Feel confident speaking publicly and facilitating meetings

  • Increase your self-esteem and overall job satisfaction

  • Interview for new positions with confidence

  • Enjoy work parties and team meals

  • Negotiate assertively for higher pay

  • Reduce or eliminate blushing, sweating, and other physical symptoms

  • Accepting promotions with self assurance

We're here for you 

Social Anxiety Support Center offers therapy to professionals whose social anxiety keeps them from reaching their career goals.  Whether you're afraid to interview for your dream job, struggling to fulfill your current position, or too terrified to climb up the career ladder, we're here for you.

Our team of highly trained psychotherapists offer gold-standard treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and social skills training.  Additionally, many of our clinicians offer cutting edge, action- and results-oriented approaches such as drama therapy, expressive arts therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Social Anxiety Support Center understands the value of both group and individual treatment for those struggling with social phobia.  We offer weekly individual sessions as well as workshops and ongoing groups.  


Gold-standard & cutting edge approaches since 2010


Our story

Jessica Engle, MFT, RDT established Social Anxiety Support Center in early 2017.   In private practice since 2010, Jessica has successfully treated hundreds of SA survivors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  During that time, she witnessed the prevalence of social anxiety in the fast-paced, competitive startup capital and resolved to help out on a larger scale.   Social Anxiety Support Center, a specialized clinic of the Engle Center, developed thereafter to serve SA survivors within and beyond the Bay Area. Our sister clinic, Bay Area Dating Coach, supports singles who struggle with dating anxiety, a subset of social anxiety.

Our commitments

  • Culturally competent care

  • Creative, cutting-edge approaches

  • Individualized treatment plans

  • Compassion + challenge

  • Efficiency through technology

  • Accessibility