Do you worry excessively about social situations, fear that you will embarrass or humiliate yourself in public, or fear that others will notice that you are nervous? In social situations do you blush, have a shaky voice, sweat or get hot flashes, feel dizzy or faint? Do you avoid being with people, hide in the background, never go anywhere without a friend, or drink before going out to soothe your nerves?
Do situations like these frighten you or make you anxious?
Learn how our Social Anxiety Group can help you (video)
JAN: Hello, I’m Jan Fleming, a psychiatrist.NANCY: And I’m Nancy Kocovski, a psychologist.JAN: Nancy and I will be leading a mindfulness and acceptance group for social anxiety here at The Mindfulness Clinic. We developed the group about 10 years ago by combining mindfulness skills with strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT for short.NANCY: The goal of ACT is to help you open up to difficult thoughts and feelings while doing what really matters to you. Research, including our own, has found the ACT approach to be as effective for social anxiety as traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.JAN: If you feel nervous around people, or anxious about public speaking, our group can help you with that. We will teach you mindfulness skills and other tools which you will have a chance to practice in class and between sessions. We also use some written materials in the group. The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness (hold up) is a self-help book that Nancy and I co-authored, and there is also a Participant Handbook (hold up). You will receive copies of both when you register.NANCY: In the Social Anxiety Group, you will learn how to relate to anxious thoughts and feelings with compassion and acceptance, and we will help you uncover your true values, and set realistic goals. With these new tools in hand, social anxiety will gradually loosen its grip on your life as you stop avoiding social situations and start living the life you truly want. For more information about the group, please contact The Mindfulness Clinic.JAN: We look forward to meeting you.
meeting new people • being watched while you do something • making small talk • being the centre of attention • going on a date or to a party • needing to speak up in class or at a meeting • being teased or criticized • making a presentation
Did you answer YES to many of these questions? If so, our Social Anxiety/Social Phobia Program (SASPP) can be a big help for you. Contact us to find out whether our group or individual sessions would be best for you.
About Our Social Anxiety Group (SAG)
SAG combines Meditation with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help you effectively manage social anxiety and social phobia.
Dr. Jan Fleming and Dr. Nancy Kocovski, the authors of The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety & Shyness, come together this summer to teach the 10-week program at The Mindfulness Clinic
In our group sessions, you can learn and practice tools and techniques to help you overcome social anxiety. By the end of the group, you can be more relaxed and successful in social situations.
Our 12-session program includes 10 group sessions, and two individual sessions with Dr. Fleming – a pre-group interview to prepare you for the group and clarify your personal goals, and a follow-up session approximately 3 months after completion of the group.
Group classes are held in downtown Toronto once a week for 10 weeks. Each class is 2 hours long.
Our groups are small, no more than 12 participants. This will ensure that you get the individual attention that you need.
This group is facilitated by two experienced psychotherapists, ensuring the personal attention you need and deserve.
SAG is an effective social anxiety treatment. The skills you learn with us will help you long after the course has ended.
The clinic fee is $675 (includes psychologist fee, workbook and handouts). Dr. Fleming’s services are covered by OHIP. You will need to show your OHIP card as proof of coverage. If you do not have OHIP coverage, the cost of the group is $975.
About Individual Psychotherapy for Social Anxiety
If you prefer individual psychotherapy, we have psychotherapists who know how to help you with your social anxiety problems.
Upcoming SAG sessions
Group 1: Tuesdays, September 12 to November 21, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (no class October 31).
For more information about the Social Anxiety course or to book a free consultation for an upcoming group, call 416-847-7118 or complete our online form.