Links to Social Anxiety Groups

In fulfilling our mission statement, we want to encourage active, structured, cognitive-behavioral groups get started and continue.  We want to encourage groups that help people overcome social anxiety.   Also, see Successful Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy  and  What is Comprehensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Active, Currently Operating CBT Groups for Social Anxiety

All of these groups use the active, structured therapy series "Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step".   They are all closed groups, meaning they have a start date and an end date.  Later strategies build on earlier strategies, so participation in the therapy group is vital to the success of overcoming social anxiety disorder (social phobia). 

The Social Anxiety Institute in Phoenix:   We run three 14-week groups every calendar year, which means we have a comprehensive, structured, and active group of people here at all times of the year.  This is an all-day Saturday group, and it further includes  behavioral and social activities almost every day of the week.  Twice a year we run an international therapy  group, three weeks in length, for people who have completed the audio series "Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step".  Currently, Dr. Richards runs all of these groups.   The Social Anxiety Institute is the only therapy and treatment center to focus completely on helping people overcome social anxiety.

Richard A. Preuit, M.A., LMFT - Practice in Arcadia, California (Los Angeles area).  Rich is a licensed therapist, specializing in the treatment of social anxiety, and has been offering friendly, active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety for over 13 years. He is currently enrolling for a 14-week, Fall/Winter 2013-2014 CCBT Group, meeting on Saturday afternoons (1:00 PM to 4:00 noon). In the safety of the group you will learn, practice, and apply the OSA:SBSconcepts, techniques, and strategies to your life...and then gradually and gently move out into the real world based on your own unique needs – no pressure!  Completing an Intake Assessment and CCBT Group Contract are pre-requirements for group membership. For more information, contact Rich at leave a voicemail message at 626.919.5903.


Washington, DC

Two intensive, 20-week CBT groups for social anxiety per year for any socially anxious adult.  These groups are preceded by a free, introductory educational workshop on CBT for social anxiety, which serves as a chance for you to check it out.  When there is enough interest, a social anxiety CBT group is offered specifically for the LGBT community.

For more information contact Larry Cohen, LICSW, at or 202-244-0903.  Or visit the website: 


Sherman Oaks, California (Los Angeles County):  Anita Avedian, MFT holds a weekly therapy group for social anxiety that runs from 7:30pm - 8:45pm. 
Free intake 

Social Anxiety Group

Connecticut (Greater New Haven area)CT group based on Dr. Richards' Program.  Meeting time: Saturday 9:30-12:30 in New Haven.  About 20 weeks long. Next session: Spring 2013.  Please email Marla at now if interested.  This is a very supportive group in a comfortable setting, with no pressure.  The group has been running successfully for over 6 years with 2 sessions per year.


South Jersey -  See website information:  Find Your Voice New Jersey   Several groups operating.  Please email us:   

Upstate NY:  Groups now operating in the Syracuse area.  Contact Gina via email at ginad42 AT or via phone/text at 484-250-2077.  Gina has attended the international group at SAI as well as Rich Preuit's group in Los Angeles.

Belgrade, Serbia: Starting a comprehensive CBT group  based on Dr. Richards' audio therapy series.  For more information, please contact Danijela at

Plymouth and Chesham, UK: Social Anxiety Therapy Centre
We run a 15 week structured course, based on Dr. Richards' Audio Series. The course is led by Peter N Ralph, BSc (Honours) Psychology who specialises in Social Anxiety Disorder. He has been running these courses for over ten years.   Email:     Tel: 0800 206 1663


Sacramento, California:  Contact Josh at for additional  information.  

Perth, Australia: Group operating from Jan/February 2014 to overcome SA based on Dr Richards comprehensive audio therapy series. Group is being run by individual who has successfully worked through SA by utilising therapy series and who also attended international group therapy in Phoenix 2012. The atmosphere will be of absolute acceptance and understanding and no pressure will be asked of anybody. Progress is individual to everybody so you will move at your own pace. And the emphasis of the groups will be on solutions so the goal of successfully overcoming SA will be met. For any further information please contact Paul on or call on 042-083-9270.

You can also list your therapy group (or try to find one operating) in the forum at the Social Anxiety Institute website:  Social Anxiety Forum.


The Social Anxiety Mailing List and Newsletter

Richard A. Preuit's Social Anxiety Program in Los Angeles

Social Anxiety - Phobia

Social Phobia - The Largest Anxiety Disorder

What are the Differences Between Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder?

Social Anxiety Therapy Statements by M.C.

Social Anxiety Questions and Answers

Selective Mutism Information and Help

Current Articles and Essays about Social Phobia/Social Anxiety

Paruresis: Bashful Bladder Syndrome

The Anxiety Network

The Social Anxiety Institute

Surprise! If You Stick With It, It Works!  

Citations and references for articles and information

Mental Health Care Covered at Medical Rates by New Policies

Follow Dr. Richards

The Social Anxiety Association

The Social Anxiety Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to meet the growing needs of people with social anxiety.  The SAA became inactive for several years due to lack of resources.  We are in the process of re-doing our website, listing all active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety, and renewing all our licenses.  Major changes will be happening by the end of 2013.  We publish new web content -- concerning social anxiety -- almost daily on the site now.

The Social Anxiety Institute is the largest website on the internet about social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Therapy programs have run at the Institute full-time since 1994.  Major new help for overcoming social anxiety is under development and will be introduced in 2013. 

For treatment: Overcoming social anxiety: Step by Step   A structured guide to overcoming social anxiety (a "How to" guide to get over social anxiety).

The Anxiety Network explains and describes five major anxiety disorders.

Guidelines for listing social anxiety groups on this site.  We cannot officially endorse groups, so check them out thoroughly.  We ask that they be groups that are operating, have a definite leader, and are thoroughly structured.  Social anxiety therapy groups are very different than the groups that operate for other mental health conditions.