International Group


NEXT INTERNATIONAL GROUP : July 9th - July 28th 

You can write to the International Group Program at    
Read all about the program (below).  Candidates need to have come close to finishing the series "Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step" so that we can spend most of the group time on behavioral activities.  Thomas A. Richards. psychologist, Matthew Whitley, behavioral therapist.   

Program Costs

** Please note we can no longer accept insurance due to the fluctuating nature of the issue at it exists and the current Congressional and Presidential opposition to mental health care.**  

Program costs are all-inclusive, meaning all therapy, all meetings, and the daily activities are covered by the price.  Please note that HOTEL costs are the responsibility of the participant and are not included in therapy group prices.

Annual Family Income

Program Cost

Over $125,000


$100,000 - $124,999


$75,000 - $99,999


$50,000 - $74,999


$25,000 - $49,999


0 - $24,999



The three- week program runs from Monday, July 9th to Saturday July 28th.  There is an active, structured therapy group at the Social Anxiety Institute every day except Sunday, plus group members will be staying together at the same hotel and will be planning daily activities to do after therapy at the Institute.    


Registration Fee

The registration fee should accompany the completed application.  Registration fee:  $ 490.00

The registration fee covers the pre-therapy work Dr. Richards provides before you come to Phoenix, plus the planning and logistics necessary to run the group.   This includes reviewing your application, any needed phone communication, extensive pre-therapy email communication, and Social Anxiety Institute support services.  This fee is refunded if your application is not accepted.  If the group fails to make for any reason, your registration fee will be refunded.  The fee is not refunded if you choose to withdraw.   

Dr. Richards will arrange a time with you for a phone appointment before the group starts.  This is covered by the registration fee.

The registration fee is a separate fee and is not part of the program costs.  



Two cars are usually needed for a group of eight.  Members will need to share costs on a car rented by someone in the group.  

You should budget for your food, any shopping you want to do, and any entertainment you plan.   

There are no extra charges for the cognitive-behavioral material or the supplemental material you receive at SAI.


Payment Methods

The following payment methods are accepted:
Money Order
American Express



We can no longer accept insurance, so we need you to pay for the session by one of the methods listed above.

If you do have insurance, you can file for it yourself.   However, we cannot fill out any forms or lengthy reports.  If you have questions about this, it is highly recommended that you check with your insurance company FIRST. Many insurance companies do their best to avoid coverage of any kind for mental health care. If you have mental health care coverage, you may need to be persistent and assertive with your insurance company. 

Dr. Richards is a licensed psychologist with a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from an accredited institution (Arizona State University). Upon request, Dr. Richards will sign an approved form that you've filled out listing appropriate dates for services.  Dr. Richards can add the diagnostic coding and sign the document to make it legal.   Editorial comment:  Insurance regulation and dealing fairly with the public (you) is woefully lacking. This is perhaps the only program in the world that treats social anxiety disorder and can demonstrate positive results.  In any fair world, insurance companies should pay your fees.   


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