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Social Anxiety Help is a founding regional clinic of the National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC): nationalsacenter.com

Larry Cohen, LICSW, Social Anxiety Help .com


"They won't like me." "I am too boring." "I will make a fool of myself." "My voice will start shaking and I'll humiliate myself." These are just a few thoughts people suffering from social anxiety typically repeat over and over. Social anxiety involves fear of certain interpersonal situations, causing distress that leads to avoidance, and resulting in a life that can be lonely and difficult to navigate. If social anxiety is interfering with your ability to reach your personal goals and live your life to the fullest, there are treatments that are helpful and effective.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy with a high success rate in treating anxiety, depression and many other problems. Together, I will help you identify and re-evaluate the thoughts that accompany feared social interactions, identify strategies to overcome avoidance behavior, and teach you coping and relaxation skills to reduce your negative feelings, all at your own pace.

In addition, my prior experience and training at the Wendt Center for Loss & Healing has resulted in a special interest in, and expertise in working with, individuals experiencing grief, loss and trauma using a combination of therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), insight-oriented therapy, and family systems approaches. I also have extensive knowledge and understanding of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) issues.

My approach to therapy is collaborative, warm, and non-judgmental. At times, I may incorporate humor and my own experiences as a way to foster positive change. I believe that developing a trusting relationship between a therapist and client is the key to a successful therapeutic outcome, and I view people as experts of their own lives

I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the Catholic University of America School of Social Services. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) in the District of Columbia and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Maryland. I am also a professional member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  and The Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW).

I am certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

I am an in-network provider for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO and FEP plans.  For other insurance plans, I will give you a statement of service to submit to your insurer to seek reimbursement.

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All psychotherapists at Social Anxiety Help
have achieved the rigorous certification in
cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) granted by the prominent
Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
This is the gold-standard for CBT,
which outcome studies indicate is
the most effective treatment for
Social Anxiety Disorder.

If you have any questions or comments,
please email Larry Cohen, LICSW,
with offices in Washington, DC.


[Larry Cohen, LICSW, does not endorse any of the products or services advertised by others on this website.]

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