Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia
Adults with Social Anxiety age 18 and Up
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:15pm ET: Begins July 16, 2020. 12 sessions. The group will be delivered remotely via zoom.
It’s easier than ever to avoid social interactions during this pandemic. However, if you have been “dreading connecting with others online” or “would rather pull your hair out then show your face on Zoom”, then this group might help. Despite our social distancing and self-quarantine, there are still symptoms of social anxiety that can limit your ability to live as fully as possible during this unprecedented time. This is also a great opportunity to use your extra time to work on skills that you can apply when social distancing restrictions are lifted.
- Worry excessively about what others think of you?
- Struggle to make friends or pursue relationships?
- Find it difficult to start or interrupt conversations?
- Have a hard time speaking up for yourself?
This 12-week Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) group will teach you tools and strategies for overcoming social anxiety in a supportive, non-threatening environment.
You can expect to:
- Challenge and change negative thought patterns
- Learn mindfulness techniques
- Develop assertiveness skills
- Practice social skills with other adults
- Enter, stay in, and learn to manage uncomfortable social situations
Group therapy can be a very effective way to address social anxiety. You’ll have the opportunity to learn alongside others who struggle with similar issues in a safe and understanding remote environment. The group involves role playing, exposing yourself to anxious situations, and a lot of practicing skills both in the group and at home through personalized homework challenges. You will be able to live the life you want, no longer avoiding situations as you learn to ‘tolerate the discomfort’ of anxiety with new self confidence.
Participants must be from the Virginia, Washington DC, or Maryland region.
An assessment with a Ross Center clinician is required to ensure that this is the proper group for you.
Binali Mehta, MD
Sharon Thomas, PhD