NSAC District of Columbia, also known as Social Anxiety Help, is located in the Tenleytown – American University neighborhood of northwest Washington, DC, a few blocks from the red line Metro: 4808 43rd Place NW. Services offered include individual and group cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety and related problems. Specialized services are offered for the LGBT community, and for alumni of former social anxiety groups. Both of our psychotherapists have achieved the rigorous certification in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Outcome studies demonstrate that CBT is the most effective treatment there is for social anxiety.
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4808 43rd Place NW,
Washington, D.C. 20016
(a few blocks from the red line Metro)
Staff at National Social Anxiety Center
District of Columbia (DC)
Larry Cohen, LICSW, began his clinical practice, Social Anxiety Help, in 1990, which became one of the two founding regional NSAC clinics in 2014. A licensed clinical social worker, Larry has led some 85 social anxiety therapy groups (20 weeks each, CBT) in Washington, DC, as well other cognitive-behavioral therapy groups for clinical depression, self-esteem, relationship problems, and LGBT concerns. He has worked with more than 1,000 persons with social anxiety and related problems in both individual and group CBT. One of his social anxiety therapy group clients was the focus of a National Public Radio story on CBT. Larry has been providing CBT for social anxiety in the District of Columbia (DC) since 1990, and founded his Social Anxiety Help clinic soon thereafter. He cofounded the National Social Anxiety Center in 1994.
Larry received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1987. He is a founding member of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. He is a Diplomate in cognitive-behavioral therapy from both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, as well as the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists. Larry is also a certified in Trial-Based Therapy, helping people use role plays to change unhealthy attitudes. He is included as a “Top Therapist” in Washingtonian magazine’s latest listing in the category of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Prior to starting his private practice in 1990, Larry served as volunteer coordinator and mental health services director at Whitman Walker Clinic, DC’s largest LGBT and HIV services organization.
Larry is an in-network provider with Medicare.
Sharon Kenthack, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and received her Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Sharon’s focus is working with individuals struggling with social anxiety and related problems. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, warm, and non-judgmental. She believes that developing a trusting relationship between a therapist and client is the key to a successful therapeutic outcome and views people as experts of their own lives. Sharon also works with issues of depression, attachment, and relationship difficulties with a special interest in, and expertise in working with, individuals experiencing grief, loss and trauma. She also has extensive knowledge and understanding of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) issues.
Sharon is a Diplomate in cognitive-behavioral therapy from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is an in-network provider for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO and FEP plans.
The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) exists solely to promote
evidence-based treatment for social anxiety, and education about social anxiety.
NSAC is not a group psychotherapy practice, and does not provide any psychotherapy services.
NSAC assumes no liability for it’s regional clinics’ work or practices.