I have heard good things about this from many others who have suffered from SA and gone through the group.
I have already applied myself but there are roughly already 80 people currently on the waiting list, so I'll have to wait about 9 -12 months which I was told was to be expected.
I do have good news however. They have just set up a second group which takes place on Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm also. So basically there will be two groups running on the Wednesday and Thursday simultaneously. They usually take up to about 9 individuals per group, so 18 people split between the two groups in total.
You apply by email and include the following information:
Your FULL NAME
Your DATE OF BIRTH
A CONTACT NUMBER
- preferably Mobile
A brief summary of why you believe you have SA
A brief summary on how it is affecting you in day to day life
You should receive an e-mail, which will likely include an SA survey asking you various questions about your anxiety. You'll have to do four of these (this one inclusive): One upon application, one a few weeks prior to starting the course, one after finishing the group, and one 1 year after the course. These are done so you can see if you have made significant progress, and to provide them with information on ways to improve the course, and research purposes.
You will be contacted when they have a place to offer you. You'll then be invited to undergo a screening interview for the group.
They recommend "Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness" by Gillian Butler, which is used alongside the sessions.
The book can be found here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Overcoming-S...3464557&sr=8-1
I'll review this group therapy when I finish.