Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment


Social phobia is commonly treated with cognitive behavioural 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  behavioural 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before trying medication, given that drugs may have side effects and one is more likely to relapse after medication is withdrawn.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 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 a 8 week course consisting of  8  two and a half hour sessions, attend once a week for 8 weeks.

  • Tuesday 4th April 2017 to Tuesday 23th May 2017
  • Thursday 30th March 2017 to Thursday 18th May 2017
  • Tuesday 30th May 2017 to Tuesday 18th July 2017
  • Thursday 25th May 2017 to Thursday 20th July 2017
  • Hawthorn Community House

All classes run once per week for 8 weeks


Intensive course Schedule

2 times a week for 4 weeks

  • 22nd & 24th of November 2016
  • 29th November & 1st December 2016
  • 6th & 8th December 2016
  • 13th & 15th December 2016


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. Call now on 03 9819 3671 or 0419 104 284