Public Speaking Fear

At Anxiety Treatment Australia we can help you deal with your anxiety or fear of public speaking via individual sessions or group courses. Medicare and private health fund rebates rebates may be available .

Contact us on 0429 883671  to  discuss  with Catherine whether  a public speaking group class is the right step for you.

Book an appointment and take control of this part of your life.


Learn of to overcome your fear of public speaking with a group of like-minded people. We offer 8-week public speaking workshops consisting of  8 x   2 hour and 15 minutes sessions, attend once a week for 8 weeks.

The first 2 sessions cover  what you need to know to overcome your fear and the remaining 6 sessions give you the opportunity to  put into practice what you have learnt by presenting each week to the group.

Next  courses  start  FEBRUARY 2020 SO BOOK NOW

Note: Groups run over 8 weeks from 7:15 — 9.30 pm

Tuesday  18th February -Tuesday 7th April  2020, once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Thursday 20th February -Thursday 9th April 2020  once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Tuesday 5th May- Tuesday 23rd June 2020, once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Thursday 7th May -Thursday 25th June 2020, once a week for 8 consecutive weeks

Classes run throughout the year, more dates to be added


Weekend 2 day intensive courses also available.

Groups are not held on public holidays.

All of our public speaking group workshops are run once per week for 8 weeks and are held at the Hawthorn Community House.


32 Henry St Hawthorn

7.15 pm to 9.30pm

$660 for 8 sessions, Medicare rebates apply if you do a mental health care plan AND GET A SEPARATE REFERRAL LETTER STATING 6 INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SESSIONS.

Concession price available for those on a low income healthcare concession card for public speaking fear treatment.

Please note there are no refunds for non attendance, ie missed sessions, or if you withdraw from the course.


Many people can be anxious before standing up to speak in front of their peers. This can be normal and even beneficial when it motivates the speaker to better prepare themselves in preparation.

However when a public speaking anxiety causes physical reactions in your body and is negatively impacting your life then you may suffer from glossophobia, a fear of public speaking.

A fear of public speaking can be it’s own phobia, or a symptom of a larger disorder know as social anxiety disorder.

Symptoms of speech anxiety include;

  • Anxiety at the thought of public speaking
  • Intense anxiety prior to speaking in front of the public
  • Physical symptoms such as panic and nausea
  • Avoiding situations which require public speaking


A fear of public speaking has afflicted prominent people such as billionaire investor Warren Buffet, author Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking), American President and writer of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson and actor Harrison Ford.

In an interview with the Associated Press from 2000, Harrison Ford described public speaking as “a mixed bag of terror and anxiety”.

However, people do not have to go through life enduring public speaking fear


Warren Buffet and Susan Cain are on public record sharing that it was possible for them to overcome public speaking fears and, with help, you may too.

Susan Cain has even shared her personal experience of overcoming public speaking anxiety on Reddit.

“You have to desensitize yourself to your fear of or discomfort with speaking by practising in small, safe steps,”

“You need a group of supportive people to practice with, a group where you can screw up as much as you want without any real consequences,” Cain asserted. “This is how I overcame my fear — little by little by little by little.”

Melbourne Clinical Psychologist, Catherine Madigan offers you the opportunity to overcome public speaking fear by practising in small, safe steps with a group of supportive people who share your fear of speaking in public.

Ring now on 0429 88 3671 or use our “Book Now” system to make an appointment for public speaking fear treatment to discuss your public speaking fear with Catherine. Both individual and/or group therapy is offered. Medicare and private health fund rebates are available.

The public speaking fear workshops book out quickly, so don’t miss out.

4 Good Reason You Should Call Us!

Quick appointments no matter where you live in Australia

Minimal out of pocket expense (Medicare & Health fund Rebates)

Clinical Psychologist with approx. 25 years of experience. Also offering virtual reality exposure therapy.

Business hours, After hours and Saturdays appointments

Frequently Asked Questions

Anxiety Australia is an anxiety clinic in Hawthorn, Melbourne that is run by Catherine Madigan, who is a clinical psychologist. She primarily focuses on treating anxiety disorders and stress management techniques to individuals and businesses through one on one consultations and stress management workshops.

She offers professional, discreet and confidential treatment options that work.

Catherine’s effective anxiety treatments offered in Melbourne can help you overcome disorders such as:

Call now for an appointment on (03) 9819 3671 or 0429 88 3671

The website provides information about anxiety disorders and the treatment options available. You will also find contact details for other psychologists around Australia who have substantial experience in and/or work primarily with anxiety disorders.

Catherine Madigan is a Melbourne based Clinical Psychologist. She is passionate about empowering clients with confidence. The reason her focus is primarily on the treatment of anxiety disorders is that she gains great satisfaction by witnessing the freedom and life changing results her therapies can deliver.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in Australia, with 1/7 people (14% of the population) reporting having had an anxiety disorder in the last 12 months. Women are more likely to have an anxiety disorder than men, 18% vs 11%. ABS National Survey of Mental Health & Wellbeing, Summary of Results 2007.

Anxiety or fear is a normal response to a present or imagined threat. Mild fear can be helpful as it enables us to respond quickly when faced with a dangerous situation and to be alert in difficult situations (e.g. exams). However, excessive fear may lead to people being paralysed e.g. soldiers under attack may be so afraid they can’t move to take cover, public speakers may find they go blank, forget their lines and are rendered speechless.

Anxiety is a normal emotion as it affects most people and is widespread. You would be abnormal if you didn’t experience fear sometimes. However, if your anxiety is out of proportion to the situation you are experiencing and/or persists in the absence of threat, e.g you worry about events months ahead or are experiencing anxiety long after the danger has passed, you may need professional help.

Some people are more prone to experiencing anxiety than others and it is not caused by just one thing but by a combination of factors including: genetics, family environment and traumatic life experiences. Sufferers may have unhelpful thinking patterns such as perfectionist standards. Nevertheless, you can learn to manage your anxiety more effectively.

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