Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment


Social phobia is commonly treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and/or medication.

Medication for Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment

People with mild to moderate social phobia  might like to consider trying a course of cognitive  behavioral therapy before trying medication, given that drugs may have side effects and one is more likely to relapse after medication is withdrawn.  Research studies have shown the effects of CBT more likely to persist after treatment ends.

Many people may have such severe fear and apprehension that they would not be able to tolerate the social interaction associated with therapy without the stress relieving  and mood elevating  benefits of  anti depressant medication. Some sufferers who need  an immediate  band aid quick fix,  because they are about to  have an important job interview or have an vital speech,  may be advised to use medication.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Social Anxiety  Disorder Treatment

Some CBT treatment programs recommend 16 individual sessions of therapy.

In Australia , people may receive 10  Medicare subsidised individual AND 10 group sessions per calendar year if they do a mental health care plan with their doctor and I generally find most sufferers can make significant progress within these  10 individual and/or  group sessions.

Social anxiety disorder treatment using CBT may entail:

  • Completing  questionnaires to assess severity of  social phobia and depression
  • Reading a CBT  self help book
  • Learning relaxation techniques
  • Doing attention training
  • Doing role plays of feared social scenarios  with one’s psychologist and/or a group

Sessions can be provided individually or in a group format.

Group CBT has a number of advantages:

  • Sufferers get to meet other people who have similar feelings and thoughts about social interaction
  • Group members can support and encourage each other, even become friends and learn from watching each other’s attempts to overcome their fears.
  • A group format makes it  easier in some instances to do exposure as  more people are available to be audience members or role players.
  • Group members can give feedback on the person’s performance during a role play.
  • Social anxiety disorder treatment in individual sessions allows for
  • more flexibility  in how quickly concepts are covered
  • more one on one attention

New Classes to Overcome Social Anxiety

Learn how to overcome social anxiety with a group of like minded people. We offer an 8 week course consisting of  8  two and a half hour sessions, attend once a week for 8 weeks. No classes held on public holidays.

  • Tuesday 3rd July- Tuesday 21st August 2018
  • Thursday 26th July- Thursday 13th September 2018
  • Tuesday28th August-Tuesday 16th October 2018
  • Thursday 20th September- Thursday 8th November, 2018
  • Tuesday 30th October -Tuesday 18th December 2018
  • Thursday 15th November- Thursday 20th December, 2018 ( NB only 6 sessions for this course)

All classes run once per week for 8 weeks. No classes are held on public holidays.

Intensive Course Schedule

2 times a week for 4 weeks

    Contact us for options available for intensive courses over a shorter time period.

Location & Times

32 Henry St Hawthorn

7.10pm to 9.30pm

$650 for 8 sessions, Medicare rebates apply if you do a mental health care plan AND GET A SEPARATE REFERRAL LETTER STATING INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY.

Concession price available for those on a low-income healthcare concession card.

Catherine Madigan is a clinical psychologist who is based in Hawthorn, Victoria. She offers individual and group sessions as proven forms as social anxiety treatments. Call now on 03 9819 3671 or 0429 88 3671