Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Research points to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as the most effective form of social anxiety treatment. A highly structured approach, CBT seeks to correct the distorted thinking patterns that underlie and perpetuate SA. CBT may also include exposure therapy, which utilizes role-playing and social challenges between sessions to expand the SA survivors' comfort zone.
Our clinicians train in CBT methods on an ongoing basis and we happily provide CBT in both individual and group settings.
Drama & Expressive Arts Therapy
Drama and expressive arts therapies such as music, art, and dance therapy provide a creative alternative to cognitive approaches such as CBT. For SA survivors who may spend much of the day stuck in their heads, ruminating about what has or will go wrong next, having a safe place to express themselves freely and creatively can be an immense relief.
Of course, some of our clients feel socially anxious about "performing" or "being creative." In this case, drama & expressive arts therapies serve as exposure therapy (see CBT section). In spite of their loud inner critics, clients practice improvising and exploring playfully using paint, instruments, or their bodies. In time, they find themselves creating joyfully, both in session and beyond sessions.
No creative training or skill is required to reap the benefits of drama & expressive arts therapies.
Recent studies have proven the effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapies for the treatment of social anxiety. Mindfulness practices seek to train the focus, attention, and flexibility of the mind in order to promote greater well-being. For SA sufferers, mindfulness can provide tools for relaxation, relief from chronic rumination, and enhanced presence in social situations.
For some, social anxiety stems from traumatic experiences. Many of our clients survived difficult childhoods with overly critical parents or bullying peers. Others struggle on a daily basis with the effects of oppression, a form of chronic cultural rejection (e.g. people of color surviving in a racist society).
Trauma sets up shop in the body and create heightened levels of fear and hypervigilence. For some, CBT and other standard treatments can't get to the root of SA. In these cases, our clinicians utilize approaches adept at resolving trauma. These include eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), somatic approaches designed to release trauma from the body, and drama therapy aimed at claiming and rewriting trauma-based life stories.
Meet weekly with one of our specialists in a private, confidential environment.
Your therapist will begin by getting to know you and your anxiety symptoms and history. Together you'll design a treatment plan to address your unique recovery needs and goals. In your weekly sessions, your therapist will utilize CBT, drama therapy, or other powerful approaches to help you rewire your thinking, learn social skills, and heal the roots of your anxiety.
We recommend individual therapy to anyone wishing to recover from social anxiety, especially to those with moderate, severe, or very severe levels of SA. Individual and group therapy often work well together, providing one-on-one support as well as opportunities to practice new skills in a group setting.
Group therapy offers SA survivors a chance to overcome their fears in a safe environment. Learn that you're not alone, practice new skills, and gently, gradually expand your comfort zone, all with the help of like-minded peers and a social anxiety specialist.
Social anxiety support Group
If you struggle with social anxiety, join us for our monthly support group. Learn that you’re not alone in this intimate group, where you’re invited to participate as much or as little as you like in group discussion, personal sharings, mindfulness activities, and mini-lectures.
6-Week cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group
Join a small group of like-minded peers for a short-term yet powerful cognitive behavioral therapy group. Led by a social anxiety specialist and modeled after evidence-based treatments, this group emphasizes education, experiential exercises, and homework assignments.
10-Week overcoming social anxiety group
In this 10-week group, learn fundamental skills and build your toolkit for overcoming social anxiety. Through mindfulness meditations, cognitive-behavioral exercises, role-plays, and other experiential activities, you'll learn how to soothe your fears and expand your comfort zone.
social anxiety stops your employees from reaching their potential...
Social Anxiety Support Center offers trainings and team-building to corporations who are dedicated to supporting the mental health of their employees.
Social anxiety greatly reduces employee and corporate effectiveness and impact. Workers with SA struggle to stay focused, energized, and engaged, leading to reductions in individual and company productivity and profit.
Your team members may be struggling with SA if they:
- Make excuses to get out of company gatherings
- Fidget, blush, or stammer when talking to coworkers or bosses
- Stay silent in meetings
- Perform well on their own but struggle when it comes to collaboration
- Appear stiff, uncomfortable, or even cold
- Find ways to avoid public speaking
- Consistently fail to reach their potential
Our social anxiety informed corporate trainings and team-building events seek to increase employee well-being, team productivity, and company-wide profit. We provide education, skill-building activities, and bonding opportunities using evidence-based, action- and results-oriented techniques.