Re: Dr Richards - Overcoming Social Anxiety Step by Step
I have just started the tapes also. I am impressed with the technique, but agree with Jocelyn that it would be helpful to have a structured, face to face group. In lieu of that, Greyden's idea seems like a good substitute. Does anyone know of an online forum, conference or whatever that uses these tapes? I live in Niceville, Fl in the Florida panhandle and have been unable to find anyone to respond to a request for a local group. Does anyone know how to set up an online session if we could get several people interested in doing it? It would be wonderful to have someone who has been to Dr. Richards' program as a facilitator. Any graduates on this forum?
Incidentally, Jocelyn, at one time there was a face to face group in Houston led by a graduate of Dr Richards' program. You may wish to check his web site to see if they are still listed. If not, maybe you could email SAI and ask if there is a group in Houston. I agree with you about the need for work. I talked with Dr. Richards via email and he emphasized the need for motivation, perserverance and repetition in using CBT. He recommended that once one finishes the audio program that they immediately start it over again and repeat it until it becomes second nature to them. No one else can do this for us, we have to do that work ourselves no matter what program we are using.
See the movie "A Beautiful Mind" to see what CBT can do. I am planning to read the book to see if it gives more detail. Some of the research that has been done on CBT shows astounding results for motivated people.