Kevin’s social anxiety is preventing him from doing things that he loves, such as attending parties and meeting new friends.

Annika Okamoto, PhD, A-CBT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training & Group Programs at California Counseling Clinics in Santa Barbara.

Annika Okamoto, PhD, A-CBT;
Representative of NSAC Santa Barbara.

Session 1

Annika helps Kevin identify a realistic goal for the coming week, and gives him concrete techniques to practice while working toward those goals.


Session 2

Annika and Kevin identify a handful of situations where Kevin can continue working on reducing his level of social anxiety through exposure.



National Social Anxiety Center therapists have recorded samples of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions with socially anxious persons. The therapists are real NSAC clinicians. The persons portraying the clients are actors. It is our hope that listening to these sample sessions will give you a good taste for what doing CBT for social anxiety is like. We also suggest homework ideas, complete with handouts you can download, that you will likely find helpful to pursue on your own.

These audio recordings are a joint project of Meomind and NSAC. Meomind offers a library of pre-recorded simulated therapy sessions about a great many concerns for individuals who are interested in receiving psychotherapy but may have difficulty accessing it due to cost, stigma, and/or lack of provider availability. Listeners are matched to the most relevant sessions in the library based on their self-identified mental health needs. Please visit or download the Meomind app.