Group Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Social Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders Sunfield CenterSocial Phobia/Social Anxiety

Social Phobia/Anxiety is characterized by extreme shyness or intense discomfort in social situations in which embarrassment might occur. Children and adolescents with social anxiety tend to be self-conscious and their experienced distress may lead to avoidance of social situations, such as public speaking, spending time with peers and/or participating in sport activities.

Group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown through many years of research to be an effective treatment for individuals with social anxiety disorder. Group sessions allow patients to learn and practice new skills in a supportive group environment. With the use of newly acquired skills, group members are encouraged to confront their anxiety by challenging anxiety provoking thoughts associated with social situations and to actively participate in social activities that ordinarily cause anxiety.