In response to recent demand, the Practice has begun offering group treatment programs for people suffering from social anxiety. These programs are similar in nature and content to many of the successful treatment programs currently running in both Australia and around the world.
The philosophy of the Sydney Anxiety Disorders Practice is to provide treatments that are short term, cost effective and scientifically validated. The social anxiety program follows a treatment approach called 'Cognitive Behaviour Therapy'(CBT).
CBT is currently the most effective psychological approach to treating social anxiety. This approach focuses on helping socially anxious individuals change the way they perceive situations and events in their lives, as well as developing skills to better cope with their anxiety in these situations. As part of the quality assurance process, the effectiveness of each Social Phobia program is measured using both the latest standardised questionnaires and direct feedback from participants.
The group program involves:
Examining and challenging beliefs that cause fear and anxiety in social situations.
Training in focussing attention away from how others see you, and on to the task at hand (for example, learning to focus on the story you’re telling, rather than how you look to others)
Practice in gradually changing your behaviour and reducing avoidance so that you slowly become used to handling previously difficult social situations in a more calm and confident manner.
The program involves 10 group sessions over 12 weeks, plus a 3 month follow-up session, thus making a total of 11 sessions. Each group session is approximately 2.5 hours in length, with practical homework exercises to be completed every week.
The group is limited to 8 members to allow adequate time for individual participation and to promote group cohesion. Each member of the group has participated in a thorough assessment to ensure that the group program is well-suited to each individual’s needs.
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