These options are for adults with social anxiety, including but not limited to: public speaking, performance anxiety, meeting new people, being in public places, and fear of being embarrassed, criticized, or scrutinized.

Support groups are an opportunity for individuals who share common challenges to express themselves in a safe environment where they can receive support from others who are empathic and can relate.  In this setting, group members will learn tools and skills that have worked for others, and even those that have not worked so well. 

Individuals will be encouraged to discuss thoughts, feelings and challenges, in addition to one's accomplishments and successes.  The setting is non-judgmental and a wonderful opportunity for those that have felt isolated and alone in their struggles to feel understood.  



Some of the benefits of group environments include the opportunity to:


  • Reflect ideas and hear those ideas of others
  • Learn through both active participation and through observation
  • Give and receive immediate feedback about concerns, issues, and current situations affecting one's life
  • Work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment while helping others work through theirs.



CBT guided, structured New Haven group:  weekly Saturday a.m. meetings

This group uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) specifically designed for social anxiety disorder from Dr. Thomas Richard’s program at the
Social Anxiety Institute (SAI).  There are also open discussions and members provide weekly progress reports on their social anxiety challenges.

The group is held on Saturday mornings in New Haven, CT from 9:30am to 12:00pm.  There are 2 sessions per year, one beginning in March and September.  This is a very 
effective group; everyone has had tremendous success over the years and created meaningful bonds with one another.  This group began in 2006 and has new and continuing members.

Learn how to recognize irrational thoughts and change them into positive thoughts (cognitive therapy).  Gradual exposures (behavioral therapy) are done each week to help people feel more comfortable within a group environment.  These techniques have helped many to overcome daily challenges with social situations.  

Please
visit the SAI website for more details on the program.


CBT Structured Support Group

Getting Over Stage Fright Workshop

   






     January 21-22, 2017

    May 20-21, 2017

    September 23-24, 2017

The Heritage Hotel, Southbury, CT


WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO GET OUT OF THE

GETTING OVER STAGE FRIGHT WORKSHOP:

  • Reduce your fear and anxiety associated with public speaking or performing
  • Lessen your anticipatory anxiety prior to public speaking and performing events
  • Reduce avoidance of public speaking and performing opportunities
  • Learn ways to calm your physical symptoms and empower your mind set when facing this challenge
  • Increase feelings of confidence and ease when speaking or performing and create the possibility of coming to enjoy the experience!


Marla Genova, MA, CPC is the group leader of this powerful 2-day weekend workshop. Marla has been training with Janet for many years and is now leading the workshop as Janet has stepped down from this role. Marla leads the group with compassion and first-hand knowledge, having suffered from this fear for many years. She is dedicated and experienced in helping you get the results you are after: less fear and anxiety and more calm and confidence with speaking or performing.  You can
see Janet and Marla talking about the upcoming transition of leadership of the workshop.

Participants have consistently spoken of the workshop experience as both empowering and transformative, providing them with a strong foundation to move beyond the limitations of their fear.

View more information about the workshop.

Meetup Support Group

Not sure which option would be best for you?  Are you looking to help someone else?

  If you are not sure which option would best suit your needs, please contact me, answering the questions below.   
 
-   If you are looking for help for someone else, please contact me and provide as much information as possible.

 
How long have you had social anxiety and/or extreme public speaking fear?

Have you been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder?

How has this anxiety affected your daily personal and professional life?

Have you tried any kind of treatment for social anxiety? 

If so, what kind?  (e.g., individual therapy, group therapy, (CBT))

Have you tried a group approach before specifically for social anxiety/performance anxiety?

Do you prefer structure or an open discussion format in a group environment?

Is your social anxiety around small groups, daily interactions, mingling, (generalized) or more a public speaking fear/performance anxiety (non-generalized)? It is common to have both or some overlap between the two subtypes.

What are your goals for joining a group?

How did you find this website?  (Search engine, another website for social anxiety, flyers, referral, other)

Please email responses to: 
Marla@SupportforSocialAnxiety.com


Thank you for reaching out!

 

Meetup Support Group, Discussion and Activities


2 meetings per month, Hartford, CT area:   Plainville and Bristol  

This group is a mixture of new and returning members (the group formed in January 2009).  There is no commitment involved; attend as you are able.


We alternate between regular discussion meetings and "Activities" meetings.

There is no solid structure to the meetings.  We usually share our stories on a voluntary basis; no one is required to participate and are welcome to observe only.   We speak about what is going on currently in our lives regarding social anxiety issues, treatments we have tried, coping skills and our overall thoughts and feelings in general regarding our experiences.


This is a non-therapy group but we do schedule some "Activites" meetings for behavioral activities/mild exposures if people feel comfortable enough to do so.  


ACTIVITIES meetings:


These meetings occur within the Meetup group, alternating every other meeting, one per month. We practice some behavioral exercises (exposures) that challenge us, representing real life social anxiety situations, yet we have the support of those that understand our anxiety.

Some examples are:


  • Mingling - (2-3 people each) talk for a few minutes each turn
  • Reading aloud in front of the group
  • Random, impromptu questions, with varying levels of difficulty
  • Open yourself to questions - volunteer to sit in the "hot seat" and take questions from others
  • Practice introducing ourselves in depth
  • Role Playing - practicing assertiveness
  • Presenting anything - come prepared with a small speech or a topic of interest


To view the full contents of the Meetup site, please click on “join us” and answer a few questions.  You may use your initials or first name only for confidentiality. 

We occasionally go out to low key venues to socialize as well as do exposures in public. 

Support Group & Workshop Options

Getting Over Stage Fright Workshop