Hey guys, I haven't been around much in the past few weeks. Been out of town a lot, busy with work etc...Also, I've been more busy in general because I'm not avoiding a lot of social situations I used to and I'm going out a lot more... anyways I've noticed not many people at the meetings.
To anyone interested in overcoming Social Anxiety, these meetings are for you. If you continue to come and keep up with the meetings, readings, tapes and exposures YOU WILL GET OVER SA. It takes time, and persistence, but you will get over it if you follow through. Some people don't realize that you have to continually put in the effort and work. You have to keep the cognitive therapy up as well as push yourself into social situations -in a gradual pace.
That being said, this group is great if you are interested in getting 'in real life' therapy but aren't yet ready for it, or if you already have therapy and need some extra help, or if you can't afford therapy, or if you're just interested in tackling SA on your own, we can help.
The meetings are part self help group and part cognitive behavioral therapy.
If you guys come to the meetings please try to stay on topic, help each other out, talk about the tapes, automatic negative thoughts, exposures etc.
If you're new I really recommend you read all about the group, go through the homework, updates etc and you can catch up. Everyone goes at their own pace but we come together and help each other out and sometimes do exposures over video-chat or microphone.