A Strategic Approach to Treating Social Anxiety Disorder
by Reid Wilson

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What do you do when, in spite of your own best efforts, your clients are caught in a spiral of social anxiety and the shame that fuels it? In this webinar replay, renowned anxiety expert, Reid Wilson, will show you how to turn the tables on anxiety, providing you with techniques for working quickly and successfully with socially anxious clients.  
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Most clinicians are trained to work with anxious clients and typically have a wide range of techniques from which to choose. But for expert Reid Wilson, social anxiety is uniquely challenging, especially when coupled with experiential avoidance and shame. Through a live demonstration of powerful, cognitively oriented techniques, spontaneous discussions with Psychotherapy.net’s founder, Victor Yalom, and Q & A from the audience, Wilson will teach you how to free your socially anxious clients from shame’s grip and build an arsenal of effective coping skills.

You'll learn five core therapeutic tasks you can use in your clinical work by watching Wilson work with Adam, a divorced, high-pressured executive whose escalating social anxiety has left him ashamed and constricted. Discover strategic interventions for identifying negative internal messages, paying attention to shame, addressing catastrophic fear, changing the search for confidence to one for courage, and disrupting maladaptive behavior patterns that maintain and feed fear. And if your client is also experiencing panic in conjunction with their social anxiety, you will learn effective grounding and coping techniques to share with your clients.

Wilson and Yalom guide you through the session clips with rich discussions that will leave you well prepared to apply these effective and easy-to-use techniques that include guiding your clients in:
  • realistically appraising their anticipation of danger
  • mastering anxiety through behavioral experiments
  • replacing the voice of panic with a more rational one
  • reviewing possible fearful outcomes and pre-empting them
  • facing their fears by shifting their focus away from shame
  • embracing uncertainty
So sit back and lean into this invaluable learning opportunity so you can help your socially anxious clients flip the script on anxiety, and in the process build your repertoire of enjoyable, flexible, and adaptable skills whether working with individuals or groups.       

Psychotherapy.net Webinar Series Special Guests in Session

Join us as special guest experts demonstrate their work and discuss their unique strategies for working with clients. This Psychotherapy.net webinar series features experts from across the field of mental healthcare sharing the tools and techniques of their craft. Through case consultations, clinical sessions. and demonstrations you'll learn...

  • Tools developed by specialists for working with unique clients and diagnoses
  • Expert insight and wisdom garnered from a lifetime of work
  • In-session exercises that you can begin using immediately
  • Tips for working with specific needs and client populations

Available only to our members and subscribers. Find out how to access this video for individual use, for more than one person using multiple-user access, or for use in academic institutions.


Length of video: 1:31:12

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-611-0

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-611-0

R. Reid Wilson, PhD is a licensed psychologist who directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Wilson specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and is the author of Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper Perennial, 1996), Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 2003), and is co-author with Edna Foa of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam, 2001). Wilson served on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America for twelve years and was Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. In 2014 The Anxiety and Depression Association of America honored Wilson for a lifetime of service in treating anxiety disorders, awarding him the Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award at its annual conference in Chicago.

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