Public Speaking Fear

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

Contact us on 0429 883671 to discuss with Catherine whether a fear of public speaking group class is the right step for you. She also offers one on one public speaking anxiety sessions for those who prefer that option.

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


These are the latest dates when our public speaking anxiety workshops begin in 2024


Thursday 7th March, 8 consecutive Thursdays until 25th April


Wednesday 3rd April, 8 consecutive Wednesdays

Thursday 4th April, 8 consecutive Thursdays.


Full fee is $800 ( you may get back $300 of this fee from Medicare if you attend all sessions)

Concession rate is $500 ( as you get back $300 of this fee from Medicare if you attend all 8 sessions)

Overcoming public speaking anxiety courses run throughout the year. More dates will be added or you can contact us to find out the next available group.

All of our public speaking group workshops are run once per week for 8 weeks . Obviously, the Victorian government may choose to impose another lockdown and if that happens the groups will not be able to run. If a lockdown is called before the group starts monies will be fully refunded. If a lockdown is called part way through a group, there will be a partial refund of monies, e.g. if half way through the course you get half your money back.


Hawthorn Community House. 32 Henry St, Hawthorn.

7.00 pm to 9.30 pm


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 for a presentation.

However, for some people public speaking anxiety causes physical reactions in their body and can negatively impacting their life. It can hold them back from success and impact their enjoyment of life. If this sounds like you, then you may be suffering 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 that 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 courses online or in Melbourne book out quickly, so don’t miss out.

4 Good Reason You Should Call Us!

Quick appointments no matter where you live in Australia. Online shyness, public speaking and anxiety treatment available.

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 0429 883 671

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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