The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) conducted this one-hour clinical education webinar on August 8, 2022. In it, Annika Okamoto from NSAC Santa Barbara (California Counseling Clinics) discusses adapting cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for social anxiety to telehealth settings. She reviews the benefits and challenges of virtual work, and discusses how to set up and run an online social anxiety group.



Annika Okamoto, PhD, A-CBT, Director of Clinical Training and Group Programs at California Counseling Clinics (NSAC Santa Barbara)Annika Okamoto, PhD, A-CBT, works as the Director of Clinical Training and Group Programs at California Counseling Clinics (NSAC Santa Barbara). She is the President-Elect of Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. She obtained CBT, DBT, ACT and CBASP training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Annika specializes in working with people with relational issues, social anxiety, general anxiety, OCD and panic disorder, mood disorders and complex trauma. Additionally, Annika enjoys working with couples and teaching communication skills.

Before starting her career in the States, she worked in Estonia, Europe, as the head of the psychology department in a county psychiatry clinic in Viljandi and completed extensive group therapy training with Moreno Centre in Tallinn. She has worked in mental health settings over 20 years as a therapist, supervisor, researcher, trainer and mentor.


Our workshops and webinars are offered as an educational resource for
mental health professionals who are already familiar with cognitive and behavioral therapies.
These resources alone do not suffice as adequate training
to conduct cognitive and behavioral therapies
for those with social anxiety and related problems.