Social Anxiety Treatment Toronto - The Mindfulness Clinic

Social Anxiety Treatment

Social anxiety, also called social phobia, is one type of anxiety that is characterized by fearfulness in social situations. Some symptoms of social anxiety include extreme shyness, embarrassment or blushing if you have to speak in front of others, fear that others will notice you are nervous, having a shaky voice or trembling hands in front of others, dizziness, sweating, and feeling faint. Sometimes this level of social anxiety can cause you to avoid social situations or public speaking, to use drugs or alcohol “to relax or get courage” before socializing, or never go anywhere unless you have a friend to go with you

Social Anxiety Therapy at The Mindfulness Clinic

At our clinic you have the option of both individual therapy and group therapy for social anxiety problems. Our group program for social anxiety is a 12-session program that uses mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches to teach you skills to have more confidence in social situations. The program involves 2 individual sessions and 10 group sessions, and we offer it several times throughout the year. By the end of the group you will be more relaxed and confident in social settings.  Also, you will be able to do the things that social anxiety now prevents you from doing. We are very fortunate to be able to offer this program with its developers as the group facilitators—Dr. Nancy Kocovski and Dr. Jan Fleming. They are the authors of The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety & Shyness.

  • extreme shyness
  • embarrassment or blushing when you have to speak in front of others
  • having a trembling voice or shaky hands in front of others
  • fear that others will notice you are nervous
  • you feel dizzy, faint, or sweat profusely in front of others
  • you avoid parties or social gatherings because of anxiety
  • you turn down a job opportunity or stop going to classes
  • you use alcohol or drugs to get enough ‘courage’ to go out
  • you can only do social things if a friend goes with you

No matter what type of anxiety you are dealing with, we can help. Both individual and group therapy offer practical, long-lasting solutions for reducing and dealing with your anxiety. If you call us, we can help you find the right therapist or group program to help you worry less and live the life you want.

A 10 week program to help with social anxiety

Taught by authors of The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety & Shyness, this program will help you be more relaxed in social settings and have the tools to socialize with others more effectively

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Therapists offering Social Anxiety Therapy

Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP

Master In Clinical Psychology From University Of Canberra, Australia.

Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP

Master In Clinical Psychology From University Of Canberra, Australia.

  • Meditation practitioner for over 10 years
  • Utilizes mindfulness practices and skills training in therapeutic interventions
  • Can work with grief, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt and shame, life stress, trauma, unhealthful substance use, disordered eating behaviors, panic attacks, insomnia, and chronic medical issues
  • Also works as an individual therapist within the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy team
Watch a 2 minute video with Nazihah Niazi
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

  • Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Can help with relationship challenges, parenting dilemmas, blended family issues, empty nest feelings, caregivers in their day-to-day experience, or fertility and adoption challenges.
  • For individuals, can help with anxiety, grief, divorce pros and cons, and influence of the family they grew up in on their relationships today.
  • Trained in Solution Focused, Narrative, Emotion Focused and Dialogic therapy approaches. Practices a strength-based, person-centered perspective, offering a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment for healing and growth.
  • Enjoys presenting seminars on Parenting With Mindfulness and Connections.
Watch a 2 minute video with Jana Brankov.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Oona Fraser, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist, Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University.

Oona Fraser, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist, Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University.

  • Graduate of a Buddhist seminary and meditation instructor training, a four-year program of study
  • Over 15 years of meditation practice, and 10 years as a mindfulness educator
  • Clinical expertise includes working with adult survivors of childhood abuse, trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, self-esteem, relationships, and life transitions
  • Special training in the treatment of trauma, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR
  • Warm, compassionate, person-centered approach – informed by Mindfulness and Acceptance, Gestalt, Existential, and Somatic psychotherapies
Watch a 2 minute video with Oona Fraser.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Jennifer Monforton, PhD

Phd in clinical psychology from Ryerson University.

Jennifer Monforton, PhD

Phd in clinical psychology from Ryerson University.

  • Over 6 years of experience providing therapy (individual and group-based treatment) and psychological assessment in a variety of clinical settings
  • Extensive training in treating individuals struggling with insomnia, anxiety (e.g., obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, excessive worry), and depression
  • Approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and may integrate mindfulness and relaxation strategies
  • Conducts and has published research examining the role of repetitive, unhelpful thinking in the maintenance of anxiety
Watch a 2 minute video with Jennifer Monforton.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Laurisa Dill, M.Ed, RP

Director at The Mindfulness Clinic.

Laurisa Dill, M.Ed, RP

Director at The Mindfulness Clinic.

  • Masters in Counselling Psychology From University of Toronto
  • Advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Recent training from Stanford University in Compassion Cultivation and Mindfulness
  • Focus on approaches that promote positive change and self-acceptance
  • More than ten years experience helping people with anxiety, stress, social anxiety, performance anxiety, self-esteem, depression and relationship issues
  • Experience teaching Yoga and integrating Yoga Philosophy into counselling
  • Daily personal practice in Yoga and Meditation
Watch a 2 minute video with Dr. Laurisa Dill.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Lindsay Kochen, MSc, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work.

Lindsay Kochen, MSc, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work.

  • Informed by Jungian psychology, Narrative Therapy, Art-based therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, and EMDR (which draws from mindfulness to neutralize traumatic memories and fears)
  • Compassionate, strengths-based, person-centred approach
  • Experienced in working with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, work stress, unwanted substance use, PTSD, history of abuse or neglect, attachment issues, existential crises, feeling 'stuck', and life transitions

Dr. Jan Fleming

Psychiatrist and Clinical Associate wth The Mindfulness Clinic.

Dr. Jan Fleming

Psychiatrist and Clinical Associate wth The Mindfulness Clinic.

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
  • Psychiatric Consultant in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Dr. Fleming is co-author of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness
  • Dr. Fleming will be co-facilitating Social Anxiety Groups at The Mindfulness Clinic; she is not currently seeing clients for one-to-one therapy
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Marco Mascarin, PhD

PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy–Dissertation Focused on Systemic and Integrative Approaches to Health and Healing.

Marco Mascarin, PhD

PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy–Dissertation Focused on Systemic and Integrative Approaches to Health and Healing.

  • Over 20 years of meditation practice and 15 years as a meditation teacher
  • Clinical expertise working with anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem concerns, spiritual growth & life transitions, existential issues, identity and development
  • Trained in solution-focused, grief & trauma models, Creative Therapy and systemic-integrative approaches. Mindfulness approaches inlcude mindfulness-based addiction recovery (MBAR), mindfulness-based trauma recovery (MBTR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
  • Extensive training in Medical Qigong and somatic approaches to healing
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Julie Giroux, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto).

Julie Giroux, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto).

  • Registered Occupational Therapist since 2001
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher since 2010, and personal meditation practice since 2004
  • Experience helping people with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, insomnia, chronic pain & concerns particular to the LGBTQ community
  • Psychotherapy grounded in mindfulness & person-centred therapy including components of other approaches such as existential therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Experience in teaching relaxation and guided imagery for stress and anxiety
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Cara Lussier, MA RP

Background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).

Cara Lussier, MA RP

Background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).

  • Works with relationship Issues, affairs, separation, anxiety, stress, depression, creating boundaries, grief & loss, self-esteem, anger, parent-child relationships, extended family relationships
  • Client-centred approach with a background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), EFT (emotionally focused therapy), and Gottman Couples therapy
  • In-person or Skype sessions
Watch a 2 minute video with Cara Lussier
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Jane Delamere, MSc, RP

Works with families, couples and individuals.

Jane Delamere, MSc, RP

Works with families, couples and individuals.

  • Experienced working with parenting issues, communication difficulties, recovering a relationship after an affair, and conflict resolution in relationships
  • Can help individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, and those struggling with a history of abuse or trauma
  • Draws from a variety of approaches, including Family Systems, mindfulness techniques, attachment theory in relationships, CBT, EFT
  • Has a personal meditation practice
Watch a 2 minute video with Jane Delamere, MSc, RP
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

LeeAnna Deringer, MA

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria.

LeeAnna Deringer, MA

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria.

  • Meditation practitioner
  • Client and relationship-centred practice informed by mindfulness, somatic psychotherapies, narrative therapies, attachment theory
  • Compassionate approach that is strengths-based and holistic
  • Experience working with: trauma including intergenerational, relationships, chronic stress and anxiety, career counselling, sleep problems, family systems, addictions, self esteem, life transitions, existential issues and meaning-making, identity development including gender and sexuality, decolonization, loneliness and isolation
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Shirley Katz, PhD.

Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC.

Shirley Katz, PhD.

Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC.

  • Taught in the graduate program at UBC.
  • Trained in the use of the arts in therapy.
  • Special knowledge and skills in the area of womens’ relationship to the body and food, anxiety, identity and career issues.
  • Effective, goal directed and respectful of diversity, including gender, sexuality, lifestyle, culture and race.
Watch a 2 minute video with Dr. Shirley Katz
416-847-7118
North York

Vaishnavi Nadesu, M.A.

Master’s degree in Psychology from Adler School of Professional Studies in Toronto, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

Vaishnavi Nadesu, M.A.

Master’s degree in Psychology from Adler School of Professional Studies in Toronto, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

  • Worked with diverse clientele, and have a vast understanding of cultural differences.
  • Experience working with individuals presenting with depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse, addictions, trauma, gender, anger management, relationships, and self-esteem concerns.
  • Believe in taking an empathic and eclectic approach to counselling, incorporating strategies and techniques from various theoretical approaches to suit the needs of each client.
  • Specialized training in Trauma Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques.
Watch a 2 minute video with Vaishnavi Nadesu
416-847-7118
Don Mills/Eglinton

Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT

Licensed And Registered Marriage & Family Therapist And Clinical Associate With The Mindfulness Clinic

Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT

Licensed And Registered Marriage & Family Therapist And Clinical Associate With The Mindfulness Clinic

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute with Specialization in Postmodern Therapies
  • 14 years of experience working with clients of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family conflict, stress and anger management, loss and grief, trauma, abuse, life transitions and parenting.
  • Personal meditation and yoga practice for over 20 years
Watch a 2 minute video with Katrin Mizrahi
416-847-7118
Midtown

Simone Moir

Completed Sutryana Seminary in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage.

Simone Moir

Completed Sutryana Seminary in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage.

  • Gestalt psychotherapy—uses mindfulness and awareness of your feelings and experiences in the body
  • Certified Yoga Instructor specializing in addressing stress, anxiety, insomnia and habit change
  • Visual and performing arts background
  • Experienced in working with depression, anxiety, loneliness, grief and loss, self-esteem, couples and relationship work, life transitions, sexuality, LGBTQ issues, addictions and trauma
  • Simone works out of an office near Queen and Dufferin
Watch a 2 minute video with Simone Moir
416-847-7118
Queen St. W (Queen St. W. & Dufferin St.)

Ben Gibson, M.Sc.

Master of Science (MSc) degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

Ben Gibson, M.Sc.

Master of Science (MSc) degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

  • Trained in working from a variety of clinical models, including Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused and Narrative therapy
  • Can help to: find solutions for family, couple and workplace conflicts; improve communication at home; manage stress, anxiety, anger and moods; cope with grief and loss; resolve trauma and past hurts; increase confidence and self-esteem; overcome unwanted substance use or addictive behaviours; find sexual intimacy; and, be the parent and family member you prefer to be
  • Ben offers a positive space for all clients, supportive of diversity, including cultural and racial diversity, gender diversity and sexual diversity
Watch a 2 minute video with Ben Gibson
416-847-7118
The Annex

Mark Bunten

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto)

Mark Bunten

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto)

  • Meditation practitioner for over 15 years
  • Certified Canadian Counsellor by the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) since 2011.
  • Experience helping people with stress, anxiety, depression, life and career transitions, family and relationship issues, and self-esteem.
  • Training in Solution-Focused, Emotion-Focused, Narrative, and Cognitive-Behavioural approaches. Practices a holistic, person-centered approach based on meeting clients where they are and helping them reach their goals.
Watch a 2 minute video with Mark Bunten.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Crystal Styles, M.A.

Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Crystal Styles, M.A.

Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Meditation practitioner for over 10 years
  • Utilizes mindfulness practices and skills training in therapeutic interventions
  • Can work with grief, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt and shame, life stress, trauma, unhealthful substance use, disordered eating behaviors, panic attacks, insomnia, and chronic medical issues
  • Also works as an individual therapist within the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy team
Watch a 2 minute video with Crystal Styles.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)