Social Anxiety Group

The ACAP Psychology Clinic is currently recruiting participants for all groups.


To provide group therapy for people having concerns about social anxiety by offering psycho-education, skills development, psychological interventions, and support..

Participants and Group Membership

Adults 18 years and older who acknowledge that they have social anxiety concerns and are currently motivated to actively engage with professional psychological help. To decide if the group may be suitable for you, ask yourself:

  • Are you nervous and embarrassed when the “centre of attention” or when meeting new people?
  • Do you worry a lot if you know you need to speak in public, or talk to people in authority?
  • Do you feel that you are more concerned than most people about what others think about you?
  • Do you worry about people judging you or about making a fool of yourself in social situations?

Participants are selected after an individual assessment. The group will have between 5 and 10 members.


  • learn about what causes and maintains social anxiety
  • develop and practice behavioural strategies for managing social anxiety
  • develop and practice cognitive strategies for reducing social anxiety
  • develop skills for dealing with lapses

Schedule and Location

If you answered 'yes' to these questions, then you may be interested in joining our Social Anxiety Group. The anxiety support group is being run at the ACAP Psychology Clinic, a not for profit psychology training clinic located above Wynyard station in the Sydney CBD.

Format and Interventions

When the group commences membership will be closed and no new members will be admitted. The group is conducted in an interactive seminar format, with provision of information, discussion, skill development / feedback, and homework practice.

The group is based on cognitive behavioural principles and the key supporting texts are Hoffman, G. & Otto, W. (2008). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence based and disorder specific treatment techniques; Heimberg, R.G. & Becker, R.E. (2002). Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Phobia: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Strategies. New York, NY, Guilford Press.


Registered or Provisionally Registered Psychologists undertaking postgraduate training at the ACAP Psychology Clinic under the supervision of an endorsed clinical psychologist.

Costs to Participants

There is an enrolment fee of $40 covering the participant workbook, materials and refreshments payable at the time of enrolment. Group sessions are free of charge.

Referral Procedure

Those interested in joining the group can contact us directly. We also accept referrals from doctors or agencies.  To find out more, contact the ACAP Psychology Clinic by telephone on 02 8236  8070 or email

  • The social anxiety support group is free to participants, and will be run by provisionally registered psychologists under the supervision of a clinical psychologist
  • The program involves 8 X 2 hour weekly group meetings.
  • Group members will also receive 2 x 90 minute individual assessments to help identify anxiety and assess the benefits of the group.


The Social Anxiety Group will be evaluated through individual clinical interviews; self-report questionnaires; feedback on the group content and presentation.

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