Edit: the group is now called the ACT Support Group of New York City. Also, the group isn't strictly for severe social anxiety anymore. Rather, it is for anyone using one of the ACT workbooks (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for various issues.
What is the NYC Social Support Group for Social Anxiety?
Basically, it's a peer support group specifically for people with Social Anxiety Disorder that live in New York City. We also have a yahoo group
I'm an unemployed patient at a hospital outpatient clinic who has been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder and Depression. Also, I'm a 27 year old Dominican-American male. I started the group because I know social support is very important for recovery and mental health in general.
590 Madison Ave and E. 56 St.
(We might also meet at the Sony Atrium in case we can't go there.)
Day and Time
Typically every Monday at 6:45pm. But our meeting time is flexible.
What do you guys do in the Group?
Each is given a list of CBT or ACT workbooks to purchase. However, buying any of them is optional. We start the group with each member talking about their week, what chapters they've read and their reaction to it, or anything else on their mind.
Also, members can do CBT or ACT techniques in the group like role-playing, socratic dialogue, or mindfulness exercises. But again, this is purely optional for each member. Afterward, members will socialize for about 15 minutes or more.
How many of you are there?
Currently we are only three people in total. Two males (myself included) and one female.
I'm too anxious to attend. Do I have to attend the meetings to join the group?
No! You can join our yahoo group and talk with us there until you're ready to come to the group. In the future, we might also have regular voice conference via Skype
So how do I join?
Please go to our yahoo group
and request to join. Also let me know that you heard about the group through this post.