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This is a peer-run support/self-help group for those with Social Anxiety Disorder or extreme shyness. We exist to help those with social anxiety to participate fully in their lives. Our philosophy is that it's important to develop your goals and dreams and be guided by them, and not by your social anxiety. Our group is safe. Since you must have SAD to join (this does not need to be formally diagnosed), everyone has similar challenges and will understand and not judge you. We meet weekly; the time and day of the week varies depending on location. We have a structured format which is based on therapeutic methods, and strategies that have worked for other people. We strive to be goal-focused and set goals based on fear hierarchies that are personalized to our values and goals in life. This is an opportunity to practice socially anxious situations in a safe environment, in a no-pressure atmosphere. You don't need to do anything that makes you excessively anxious, and won't be forced to do anything. The idea is to progress gradually. Do not let your social anxiety keep you from coming to these meetings! We are here to help. If our locations are not convenient for you, please contact us so they we can keep a list of where there is greatest need. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Please check our new website at www.findyourvoicenj.org.
As stated above, this is a peer-run group. We are not licensed therapists or mental health professionals.
There is a one-time fee of $15 for a 13-week series of meetings. The first meeting is free and introductory, to get a "feel" for the group and format to see if it is right for you. We will be using a workbook containing all the material and lots of supplemental information that will be nominal (under $20). The 13-week series can be repeated as many times as needed until you reach all of your goals. You will keep setting new goals with each series. The locations are:
Malaga Assembly of God: 377 Dutch Mill Road, Malaga, NJ 08328. Located at Routes US 40 and NJ 47 (Delsea Drive), with easy access from Route 55, exit 39. Serving Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. (Currently inactive)
Bordentown Library: 18 E. Union Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505. Located at Routes US 206 and US 130, off exit 57 of I 295. Serving Burlington, Mercer, and parts of Ocean and Monmouth Counties. (Currently inactive)
Donald Mays Self-Help Center: 204 White Horse Pike (Route US 30), Barrington, NJ 08007. Located on Route 30 just off exit 29 of I 295. Serving Camden and parts of Burlington Counties. Near Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Collingswood.
Currently, we are meeting at the Donald Mays Self-Help Center location (Barrington) on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Meetings at other locations will be announced. Please let us know if you are interested in a particular location.
If you are joining while a series is in session, you are welcome to come as a guest and sit in for a meeting or 2, then start from the beginning of the series when it repeats.