Connections, social anxiety program is based on 15 years of research conducted at the Centre for Emotional Health. The program uses a cognitive behavioural approach where you learn skills to change your focus in social situations, to fairly evaluate your thoughts and beliefs, to gradually face difficult situations and to adjust your coping strategies. The psychologist who works with you on the program will assist you to apply the skills in your everyday life.
Is this program for me?
This program is designed for people who experience anxiety in social and performance situations such as anxiety that arises when interacting with people, when giving presentations or during social events. Much of the time the social anxiety will be such that people prefer to avoid situations that cause anxiety and this leads to distress, an inability to perform well at work or education or it may place limits on friendships and everyday interactions in the community.
What is the format?
Connections is a 12 week program offered on an individual basis with sessions typically scheduled once per week. We have chosen to offer an individual approach rather than group approach as research indicates that response to treatment is better following individual therapy, and additionally provides clients with better flexibility for treatment to be adapted to their specific needs.
How do I become involved?
The first step involves a short phone intake. During this discussion we will check that the areas that you are struggling with fit with what the program offers and also check for additional problems that are not able to be addressed by our clinic such as clients who need crisis services, who experiences psychosis or who are drug or alcohol dependent.
Next, we request you come to the Clinic for a 1-2 hour assessment. At this assessment we will discuss in detail your current concerns and what you would like to gain from the program. Occasionally after the assessment we may feel that a different program or service is better suited to your need. If this occurs we will provide recommendations and referral.
After assessment you will begin individual treatment sessions. We offer sessions with registered and clinical psychologists. We also provide access to subsidised treatment through the students who are completing postgraduate training in clinical psychology. The students are provisional psychologists who work under the supervision of an experienced clinical psychologist. There is currently a 3 to 4 month wait list should you wish to see a provisional psychologist.
Who do I talk to if I want to know more?
If you would like to talk with our team about participating in the social anxiety program, Connections, please call us on 02 9850 8711.