Specializing in the Treatment of OCD,
Social Anxiety, and Related Conditions


Social Anxiety Therapy / Support Group in Los Angeles

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers six weekly low-fee therapy groups, including a Social Anxiety group specifically for adults over the age of 18. The goal of this group is to provide an inexpensive format in which individuals with Social Anxiety (also known as Social Phobia) can learn to more effectively challenge and manage their social fears within a safe, supportive environment.

Research has shown that group therapy can be particularly beneficial in the treatment of Social Anxiety /Social Phobia. Due to the nature of this condition, individuals with Social Anxiety / Social Phobia frequently isolate and avoid situations in which they will need to socially interact. As a result, sufferers become more and more sensitized to these situations, and have fewer and fewer opportunities to socially engage. The mere act of regularly attending a therapy group provides participants with a opportunity to socially interact on a consistent basis, and to practice social skills being learned in the group. Group meetings allow individuals with Social Anxiety / Social Phobia to gently face their fears with the support of others who know just how difficult it is to confront years of social avoidance.

Social Anxiety Group TherapyOur weekly group for adults with Social Anxiety / Social Phobia emphasizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This therapeutic approach has been repeatedly researched, and has consistently been found to be the most effective treatment for Social Anxiety. CBT techniques employed in our adult Social Anxiety group include Cognitive Restructuring, Imaginal Exposure, Mindfulness Based CBT, and Exposure Therapy. With the support of other group members, participants use these tools to directly challenge their Social Anxiety / Social Phobia symptoms, including fears related to:

  • public speaking
  • job interviews
  • business meetings
  • speaking to strangers
  • speaking on the telephone
  • eating or drinking in restaurants
  • writing in public
  • reading in public
  • speaking with authority figures, such as teachers or supervisors

  • dating
  • parties, weddings and social gatherings
  • public venues (i.e., concerts, stadiums)
  • shopping
  • movie theaters
  • class outings
  • speaking in class
  • public restrooms (paruesis)
  • situations in which performance is observed, such as dancing or team sports

Our weekly low-fee Social Anxiety / Social Phobia group meets on Wednesday evenings. This group is held in Los Angeles at our Brentwood location. The group meets from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and is limited to a maximum of eight (8) members. This group follows the same Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy protocol as our individual therapy program, and uses the same treatment manual. Group sessions are led by one of our licensed staff therapists, Elizabeth Bartholomew, LCSW, and require a one-on-one assessment prior to participation.

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About the OCD Center of Los Angeles

The OCD Center of Los Angeles is a private outpatient treatment center specializing in individual therapy, group therapy, online therapy, and intensive treatment for OCD and related anxiety based conditions, including Social Anxiety. We treat adults, adolescents, and children, and offer services six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays. We have offices at four locations in Southern California:

  • Brentwood
  • Woodland Hills
  • Orange County
  • Santa Barbara

If you would like more information about participation in our Social Anxiety therapy / support group, or if you would like to discuss individual therapy, online therapy, or intensive treatment at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, please call one of our client coordinators at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us.