NOTE: I'm going to try to attach the flier about the free Social Anxiety Workshop to this email. If it doesn't work, you can write me individually and I'll send you the flier directly to you: [address removed]. It is also posted as a file on our Meetup's website. Thanks. --Larry Cohen
Social Anxiety Help
Shy? Easily embarrassed? Self-conscious?
Socially withdrawn / avoidant / isolated?
Fearful of public-speaking?
“I’ve never learned how to relate well with people. I’m socially inept.”
“I’m not good enough, so I must please people or perform perfectly to get others to like or respect me.”
These are common core beliefs of people who suffer from social anxiety.
I will soon be offering another free workshop to help participants understand what social anxiety is, what causes it, what perpetuates it, and some basic strategies to overcome it. This will be an introductory, educational workshop, not a therapy session. You will not be required to talk or be put on the spot in any way during the workshop.
The workshop will also provide a brief introduction to specialized 20-week therapy groups that I offer for socially anxious persons who want to work in a systematic way to overcome this problem. When there is enough interest, I offer one group specifically addressing the needs of lesbians, gay men and bi's. I also work one-on-one with individuals who have problems with social anxiety and related concerns.
For the past 21 years, I have worked with more than a thousand socially anxious persons: in one-on-one therapy, and in 75 social anxiety therapy groups which I have led. I am a Diplomate in both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I am a Certified Group Psychotherapist as well as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I was named by Washingtonian magazine as a “top therapist” in the category of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
The approach I use is called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is a structured, results-oriented program in which I help persons learn how to recognize and alter their self-defeating thoughts, feelings, behaviors and core beliefs that make them anxious, avoidant and/or depressed. Each participant works on self-chosen personal goals, eg.: making friends, dating, assertion, public speaking, socializing, and improving mood, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Free Social Anxiety Workshop
Friday, February 17, 2012
7 – 9 p.m.
Call or visit my website to register.
Larry Cohen, LICSW
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