Visiting The Social Anxiety Therapy Group

Dear Dr. Richards,

If you think it's appropriate, please share this with your group who let me observe last week.

I just wanted to thank you all for allowing me sit in on your group Tuesday night.   It really gave me a renewed excitement and feeling of confidence that there really is hope for me!

I was SO impressed by everyone's accomplishments!  Even though I heard some "Oh no, not that!" before you got started with the Circle of Death, once you got started you all sounded so confident, professional, and extremely intelligent!  I NEVER would have guessed in a million years that it was something you found difficult or felt uncomfortable doing.

Also, the sense of humor that the group has, made a very frightful (for me) situation, very comfortable and rewarding.  I know it won't be easy for me at first, but I am now looking forward to joining the new group.  I just can't say enough about how impressed and inspired I was by the group and its accomplishments.

Sincere thanks to you all!

C.N.

Editor's Follow-Up:   C.N. did attend the next group or two and now finds herself doing the things she was afraid to do when she wrote this letter.  Her changes in life have been dramatic and positive, and C. now makes presentations in front of many other people at her job, plus serving on the board of charitable enterprises, among many other things.

Our History and Our Mission

The Anxiety Network began in 1995 due to growing demand from people around the world wanting help in understanding and overcoming their anxiety disorder.  The Anxiety and Stress Clinic and its website, The Anxiety Network, received so much traffic and requests for help that we found ourselves spending the majority of our time in international communication and outreach.  Our in-person anxiety clinic has grown tremendously, and our principal internet tool, The Anxiety Network, has been re-written and re-designed with focus on the major anxiety disorders.  

The Anxiety Network  focuses on three of the major anxiety disorders:  panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder,  and social anxiety disorder.

In 1997, The Social Anxiety Association, a non-profit organization, was formed and has its own website.

The Social Anxiety Institute, the largest site on the internet for information and treatment of social anxiety, has maintained an active website since 1998.  Continuous, ongoing therapy groups have helped hundreds of people overcome social anxiety since 1994.  Major changes in design will be occurring in 2014.

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