NOTICE: Sessions are offered in person (observing public health guidelines), or over secure video calls.

NSAC DC, also known as Social Anxiety Help, is located in the Tenleytown - American University neighborhood of northwest DCNSAC 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. Our director has achieved the rigorous certification in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Outcome studies demonstrate that CBT is the most effective treatment there is for social anxiety.


Contact National Social Anxiety Center
Washington, DC

Social Anxiety Help
[email protected]
(202) 244-0903

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, A-CBT: began his clinical practice, Social Anxiety Help, in 1990, which became one of the two founding regional NSAC clinics in 2014.

Larry Cohen, LICSW, A-CBT: I began my clinical practice, Social Anxiety Help, in 1990. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, I have led 100 social anxiety therapy groups (20 weeks each) in Washington, DC, as well other cognitive-behavioral therapy groups for clinical depression, self-esteem, relationship problems, and LGBT concerns. My social anxiety therapy group was the focus of a National Public Radio story on CBT. I have worked with well over 1,000 persons with social anxiety and related problems in both individual and group CBT.

I cofounded the National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) in 2014, and have served as NSAC’s Co-Chair ever since.

I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1987. I am a founding member of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. I have achieved the rigorous certification of Diplomate in cognitive-behavioral therapy by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, which has also conferred on me the status of Fellow for having “made sustained outstanding contributions to the field of cognitive therapy.”

I am also certified as a Diplomate in CBT by the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists. In addition, I am certified in Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy, helping people use role plays to change unhealthy attitudes. I am included as a “Top Therapist” in Washingtonian magazine’s listing in the category of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Prior to starting my private practice in 1990, I served as volunteer coordinator and mental health services director at Whitman Walker Clinic, DC’s largest LGBT and HIV services organization.

I am an in-network provider with Medicare.  I am a gay, Jewish man.


Social Anxiety Workshop (Friday, July 26, 2024, 7-9pm Eastern)
Free, introductory educational session on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for social anxiety: no one is put on the spot to speak or interact; must pre-register

Social Anxiety Therapy Groups (cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT; 20 weeks each; Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, with three Saturday field trips)
Limited to 9 members; must have assessment & orientation session with Larry Cohen first

Individual CBT for Social Anxiety
Can begin throughout the year

For more information:


NSAC Montgomery County, Maryland / Northern Virginia (Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change): offices in Rockville, MD and McLean, VA

* Each NSAC Regional Clinic and Associate is an independent entity, and not a branch of a single clinic. To learn more about how clinics and clinicians become affiliated as NSAC Regional Clinics and Associates, click here.

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.