Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety is Goal Focused

When you do cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you overcome your social anxiety, you choose specific personal goals to work on, both in therapy sessions and in your self-chosen therapy homework. Common goals that some people choose to work on in social anxiety therapy include:

 • socializing enjoyably
 • talking to strangers
 • meeting people and making friends
 • dating and forming relationships
 • being physically intimate
 • eating, drinking, writing, walking, working, hanging out or dancing when others may be observing
 • speaking up in groups and giving presentations
 • performing on stage
 • being assertive
 • revealing personal information about yourself
 • interviewing for jobs, networking, and advancing your career
 • using public bathrooms comfortably
 • feeling less embarrassed and upset by mistakes and social blunders
 • feeling less embarrassed and self-conscious about blushing, sweating or other visible anxiety symptoms
 • improving your mood and self-confidence

How to Get Help for Social Anxiety

The National Social Anxiety Center is a national association of regional clinics with certified cognitive therapists specializing in social anxiety and anxiety-related problems. We have compassionate therapists who can help you to reduce social anxiety. Currently, we have regional clinics in San Francisco, District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York City, Chicago, Newport Beach / Orange County, Houston / Sugar Land, St. Louis, Phoenix, South Florida, Silicon Valley, Dallas, Des Moines, San Diego, Baltimore, Louisville, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Montgomery County, Maryland / Northern Virginia. Contact our national headquarters at (202) 656-8566 or visit our Regional Clinics contact page to find help in your local area.