How to Conquer Social Anxiety

Being Overly Nervous or Afraid in Social or Public Settings Can Leave You Feeling Distressed, Alone and Depressed 

Check out Champaign Counseling's Group, How to Conquer Social Anxiety 

Social anxiety is not uncommon. 

College students experience significant life adjustments and stressors, including a huge shift in their social circle.

These changes can lead to depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and procrastination in your studies.

The pandemic has also worsened social anxiety for many.

Our counselors understand how challenging it is to struggle with extreme nervousness, fear, or even terror.

The good news is that you are not alone and don't have to continue suffering. Our group can help.

3 Reasons You May Want to Attend Our Group for Social Anxiety

  1. The group offers tools, support, and guidance for reducing or eliminating symptoms of social anxiety.
  2. There is no better way to help overcome social fears than to be in a safe environment with others who share similar concerns.
  3. Our group facilitators are compassionate and dedicated counselors who utilize one of the most effective methods (exposure therapy) for overcoming social anxiety.

The Benefits of Joining the Group:

  • Discover the science of how anxiety works in your brain and body
  • Acquire tools to manage and cope in social interactions
  • Reduce or eliminate intense worries and fears - feel calmer and more at peace when dealing with others
  • Be more confident when engaging in everyday activities such as grocery shopping, making important phone calls, etc.
  • Become more accepting of yourself when you make a mistake or feel you've failed
  • Be free to enjoy parties, meeting with friends and new people, eating out, etc.
  • Enjoy your life in a way you never dreamed possible

Feeling Comfortable and Safe in Social Environments is Possible

 You don't have to continue struggling. Our group can help you create a life with more freedom and fulfillment.

To Register, call 217-203-2008 or email [email protected] 

To Register, call 217-203-2008 or email [email protected]

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About the Facilitators

Group Facilitator: Counselor Sophie Dixon

Sophie Dixon is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience working with adults, children, and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, adjustment problems, and LGBTQIA populations. She also has expertise in running social anxiety groups.

Group Assistant: Intern Maddy Hopkins

Maddy Hopkins is an intern working towards her Master's degree in Social Work. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and LGBTQIA issues with individual, adults and kids.

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Who Should Attend this Social Anxiety Group? 

This group is for college-age students who have extreme nervousness, intense fears, or feelings of panic in social situations or public settings. The approximate age of group members is 18-23.

Can you relate to any of these social situations?

  • Feeling tense and extremely nervous when around people or groups of people, especially if they're strangers
  • Afraid to speak in class or walk across the class
  • Intense fear when making phone calls or talking to people you don't know
  • Scared or anxious when in public spaces (shopping, eating at restaurants, etc.)
  • Terrified when dating or meeting new people

You may experience some of these feelings when feeling socially anxious: 

  • Afraid that you'll do or say something embarrassing
  • Worry that people may judge you
  • Feel panicky - you're short of breath, your heart pounds, and you might feel like you're going to die
  • Scared that people will notice you're intensely nervous by seeing you blush, sweat or shake, etc.
  • Fretting at night that keeps you awake or having anxious nightmares about being in social settings
  • Isolated and lonely because you avoid situations or places that might trigger your anxiety

Group Structure and Details:

This group is focused on education, support, and therapeutic exercises to help you manage Anxiety.

The group is offered in 6-week blocks. You can sign up for subsequent blocks after completing an initial 6 sessions.

Week 1: Introduction to Managing Anxiety with Exposure Therapy

  • Introductions
  • Education about exposure therapy and anxiety in the brain
  • Preparation to begin exposure exercises to help reduce your anxiety in Weeks 2-5

Weeks 2- 5 - Each Week will consist of:

  • Rating your progress on a scale of 1-10
  • Sharing experiences and progress
  • Learning and practicing new coping skills for managing anxiety when it occurs
  • Group exposure exercises

Week 6: Termination Session

  • Explore your progress and changes in social anxiety symptoms
  • Discuss options for future anxiety work (other groups, exposures to do on your own, individual services, etc.)
  • Participate in a "fun" final group exposure activity

Dates and Time:

6 Weekly Sessions: Wednesdays, October 5November 16, 2022

6:00 - 6:50 PM

Location: Champaign Counseling Office in Savoy (7 Dunlap Court, Savoy IL).

Fee:

$50 per session

*Insurance coverage available. Contact us for details. Clients must adhere to Champaign Counseling's 24-hour cancelation policy.

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