International Group

NOTE:  No international group will be held in 2018.   Please do not submit applications.   There is a complete lack of psychologists/therapists who understand social anxiety disorder and who can help Dr. Richards with the running of this group.   Until we can find a social anxiety therapist, no group can be considered.   


Phoenix, the 6th largest city in the US, is a sprawling, west-coast-type of city of almost 5 million people. The international airport is in the city's center. Typically some people coming to the group choose to drive, but the majority of people come by plane. Upon arrival at the airport, there is an inexpensive shuttle that will take you from the airport to your hotel – about 5 miles.

Since you will (probably) not be able to rely on Phoenix public transportation, group members often pool together to rent a car during the 3-week period and share in gasoline costs. Group members usually work out transportation issues during the pre-therapy emailing program so that this is settled before the group begins.


Housing is not included in the program cost. We will research available hotels for the group and arrange the best rates for an acceptable hotel. To benefit the most from the therapy program, we ask that all members stay at the same hotel. The 2012, 2013, and 2014  hotel, about 8 miles from the SAI clinic, included a queen suite, living room, full sized kitchen (refrigerator, microwave, stove), cable TV, phones, swimming pool, and free continental breakfast. After we have chosen the hotel, you will need to make arrangements directly with the hotel for your stay.

Food and Shopping

You are responsible for your food and shopping costs. The clinic does not have facilities to provide meals. Many eating establishments, from fast-food to fine restaurants, are close to your hotel. Grocery stores, shopping centers, cleaners, etc. are also close to your hotel.


If you require appropriate medication during the program, you must make arrangements before you leave home and come to SAI. We do not have a psychiatrist on staff, and finding one locally that understands social anxiety is very difficult.