Social Anxiety Mailing List

October 2013 (Volume 15 Number 10)

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 13:25 -- jb

IN THIS ISSUE: Upcoming Group Dates, CBT and its Effects on the Brain, Social Anxiety Groups Around the World

Local CBT Group for Social Anxiety at SAI

Next Date: January 25 - April 26, 2014 
Details: Local Group. Fill out an application here. The all-day Saturday group is enhanced by social and behavioral activities on weeknights and Sundays. We have a community of people living here who are overcoming social anxiety together.

International Therapy Groups:

Next date: April 7 - April 21, 2014. 
Details: International Group. These groups consist of people who are motivated and ready to overcome social anxiety.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Makes Physiological Changes in the Brain

By use of brain imaging scans, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for social anxiety disorder has been shown to make physiological changes in the brain.

Although this not the first study to find and deliver this news, nevertheless the article that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October was a major step in helping people see that cognitive-behavioral therapy literally changes brain circuitry and wiring. That is why we can say that you can "overcome" social anxiety. If you are diligent in doing cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder, then your brain changes. Meaning, you WILL overcome social anxiety.

This article includes brain scan images showing directly where changes are noted in the brain, before cognitive-behavioral treatment, and after going through cognitive-behavioral treatment. The article also maps out other physiological data, (e.g., blood oxygen level readings). You can see the scans showing the change that occurs in the brain as a result of a fairly bare-bones cognitive-behavioral treatment intervention.

This is an excellent article that bridges the gap between what we suspected and what we now know and can prove. Literal, physical changes occur as you do cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder...

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The "Overcoming Social Anxiety" Audio Series is now completely digital, so this will save you time and money. It will be especially helpful to our international friends.

We have also added an Installment Payment option on the audio series page for those who want to pay that way. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible with this therapy.

To use the payment plan, click the Contact button at the top of the page, select "Ordering" and mention "Installment Plan" in your message to us.

College Friends

You Are More In Control of Your Life (and your anxiety) by Learning and Doing Cognitive Therapy

Start using cognitive therapy today and you will feel more in control of your life. That is the conclusion found in a series of research studies published in October 2013 in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research.

The feeling of having control over life is essential to overcoming social anxiety, researchers report.

Cognitive therapy for social anxiety disorder is an active, learning therapy that makes people feel more in control of their lives, as they begin and continue learning specific anti-anxiety strategies.

In cognitive therapy for social anxiety at the Social Anxiety Institute, we start out with methods to lessen and control anxiety that calm us down when we face regular, daily situations. “Slow Talk” is the first cognitive therapy solution presented, and we start using this strategy in the first group therapy meeting.

Using slow talk cuts down on the excessive flow of adrenaline and cortisol in the body, and this causes a reduced amount of anxiety when using it. When people use slow talk, they feel more in control of their lives, and this affects how they feel about themselves (i.e., confidence and self-esteem)...

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Social Anxiety CBT Groups Around The World

Go to the CBT Groups Operating page. These groups are proactive and structured. All of them use the "Overcoming Social Anxiety" audio series as a foundation for overcoming social anxiety.

LOS ANGELES: Richard A. Preuit, M.A., LMFT, is running a practice in Arcadia, California. Rich is a licensed therapist, specializing in the treatment of social anxiety, and has been offering friendly, active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety for over 13 years. In the safety of the group you will learn, practice, and apply the OSA:SBS concepts, techniques, and strategies to your life, and then gradually and gently move out into the real world based on your own unique needs – no pressure. For more information, contact Rich at or leave a voicemail message at 626-919-5903.

You may be interested in reading:

Social Anxiety is Commonly Misdiagnosed

Self-Statements for Social Anxiety

Comprehensive CBT for Social Anxiety

Learning to Rid Ourselves of the Anxiety Monster

Why CBT Works for Social Anxiety Disorder

You CAN get better and overcome social anxiety. It happens all the time. You deserve a better life, free from the anxiety and the restrictions that social anxiety places on you, and we are here to help aid you in this process.

Thomas A. Richards, Ph.D., Psychologist/Director, SAI

Justin Bashore, Aaron O'Banion, SAI Professional Staff