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Social Anxiety Program

Online program | By: This Way Up

The Social Anxiety Program is an online program developed by the team at THIS WAY UP from UNSW at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. People with social anxiety worry excessively about being negatively evaluated by others, drawing attention to themselves, being embarrassed or rejected by others. They often display physical symptoms of anxiety, like blushing, sweating, or shaking and worry that other people will judge them for it. Consequently, people with social anxiety tend to avoid (or become very anxious in) social situations such as parties, phone calls, group conversations or performance situations where they might be judged by others, such as public speaking. Social anxiety is more than just shyness; it can be very disabling.

This 6-lesson program is based on an effective psychological treatment for social anxiety called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT). It is designed to teach you proven strategies for tackling your symptoms and show you how to work with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours so you can make a positive change in how you feel. It may be especially helpful to you if you’ve been previously diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder (or Social Phobia) and haven’t had CBT in the past

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In summary

  • About: online program to learn practical strategies for managing excessive shyness and fear of social situations with our clinically-proven online course for social anxiety.
  • Suitable for: people who fear and avoid situations where they might be judged by other people.
  • Cost: You can enrol in the ‘self-help’ option and start the program right away for $59 (you must reside in Australia to access this option), or you can seek a prescription from your regular GP or mental health professional and enrol in the program for free (this option is available worldwide under the supervision of your treating physician).
  • More information: Visit this page to enrol in this program as ‘self-help’ and complete it independently OR
  • speak with your regular clinician (e.g., your GP, psychologist, or other health professional) and see if they can prescribe you this program and monitor you throughout your online treatment. You can download and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment.

NOTE: This online program is provided by one of Healthdirect Australia's trusted information partners. Please consider if this online program is appropriate for your own individual circumstances. There may be costs to use the online program or it may be free. You may also be charged for data from your telecommunications provider. For 24-hour health advice call healthdirect - 1800 022 222 or if you need help now these emergency and crisis helplines can provide immediate support.

Last reviewed: March 2022

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