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The Social Anxiety Group

Help is on the way: Support for individuals, couples and families in the community.

People with social anxiety often feel that they will be criticised by other people or feel that they will say or do something that will humiliate or embarrass themselves.

The social anxiety group is a low-cost group program for people experiencing difficulties in social situations such as public speaking, initiating or maintaining conversations, speaking to authority figures, attending parties, eating in public and many other scenarios. In these situations, some people with social anxiety also experience physical symptoms such as blushing, sweating, trembling, confused thoughts, muscular tension, stomach problems, and even panic attacks.

The social anxiety group program caters for people suffering from mild to serious anxiety and is suitable for those who wish to better understand and control their fears within a small, supportive group environment.


The Social Anxiety Group is a 12-week program that runs for three-hours once a week. Programs tend to run in the evening from 6pm–9pm. Participation in the program involves attending all sessions, as well as an initial interview.

The Social Anxiety Group is a structured cognitive therapy program that centres on the relationship between faulty cognitions, the physiological symptoms of arousal and subsequent avoidant behaviour.

The program aims to teach people about the causes and symptoms of social anxiety, including its behavioural, physiological and cognitive components. It also focuses on each participant’s individual concerns and provides practical strategies to overcome situations in which anxiety may be aroused.

Follow-up individual counselling after the program is available if required. Alternatively, if you would prefer individual counselling to the group program, this can also be arranged by contacting the Psychology Clinic’s Project Officer on 9214 5528 or email

The program is conducted by two probationary psychologists, who are undertaking graduate studies in psychology at Swinburne University of Technology. The program is also overseen by Dr Glen Bates, a Senior Lecturer in psychology and a member of the Psychology Clinic’s executive committee.


To be a part of the program, participants need to be assessed to determine the extent of their social anxiety. This is a two-hour assessment that occurs prior to program commencement.


Programs run a number of times throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Psychology Clinic at


The cost of the program includes an assessment fee of $25, plus a program fee of $445. This fee is payable prior to the commencement of the group and is non-refundable. If you are unable to pay the program fee in one lump sum please contact the Project Officer discuss alternate arrangements.

How to apply

Our Social Anxiety Group runs multiple times throughout the year. To find out how you can register to participate in these groups please contact the Psychology Clinic at