Common Therapy Goals In CBT For Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Help

Larry Cohen, LICSW

Common Therapy Goals In CBT For Social Anxiety

When you do CBT to help you overcome your social anxiety, you choose specific personal goals to work on, both in therapy sessions and in your self-chosen therapy homework. Common goals that some people choose to work on in social anxiety therapy include:

  • socializing enjoyably
  • talking to strangers
  • meeting people and making friends
  • dating and forming relationships
  • being physically intimate
  • eating, drinking, writing, walking, working, hanging out or dancing when others may be observing
  • speaking up in groups and giving presentations
  • performing on stage
  • being assertive
  • revealing personal information about yourself
  • interviewing for jobs, networking, and advancing your career
  • using public bathrooms comfortably
  • feeling less embarrassed and upset by mistakes and social blunders
  • feeling less embarrassed and self-conscious about blushing, sweating or other visible anxiety symptoms
  • improving your mood and self-confidence

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

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