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before trying medication, given that drugs may have side effects and one is more likely to relapse after medication is withdrawn.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