Our lives are centered around human interactions. For many people social situations are intimidating, anxiety inducing or terrifying. This group is designed to provide individuals with social anxiety a safe and supportive environment to work on gaining confidence in interpersonal situations.
In order to become more comfortable in social situations practice is essential. Therefore the format of the group is structured but interactive in nature. Professional guidance is also provided to assist individuals with developing and enhancing their interpersonal skills.
The ways in which social interactions present is broad. Each week different situations are practiced in order to provide exposure to a large variety of social situations. Additionally, suggestions from group attendees of types of social interactions to incorporate into the group are welcomed and encouraged.
Examples of social scenarios practiced in-group:
– One-on-one social conversations
– Small group social conversations
– Mock interviews
– Joining a pre-existing conversation
– Ending a conversation naturally
– Smoothly transitioning topics in a conversation
While a group format for individuals with social anxiety may sound intimidating, all attendees of the group are here for the same reason. The goal is to become comfortable and confident in social situations so that they become enjoyable and not dreaded. The group facilitator for the adult group is Vanessa Wells, MA. Vanessa and Brynn Benishake, MA co-facilitate the teen group. Both clinicians are advocates for group therapy and have led groups focused on a range of topics including social skills and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). For further background information on Vanessa please click here and on Brynn please click here
This is an ongoing group; individuals are welcome to join at any time. Individuals are invited to come to each group meeting or may attend at whatever frequency best suits their needs. Prior to attending your first session please contact Kim at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-270-8925.
Adult Social Anxiety Group: Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $30 per group