Shyness and Social Anxiety Therapy Options

Standard Therapy Options

I am pleased to offer child and adult individual, family, and group therapy.  Please see the FAQ page for more information on rates, insurance, and availability.  


I am excited to offer group therapy for Shyness and Social Anxiety (SA).  My group will help you learn new skills, discover that you are not alone in dealing with SA, find support, and learn how to do the work required for making positive change. You will also discover that people of all backgrounds, abilities, educations, and income levels deal with SA.   

I am happy to include referrals from other therapists.  Please look for more information on my SA groups,  including updates on when these will be scheduled, at the bottom of my FAQ page. 

Video and Telephone Therapy

I am happy to offer both phone and video therapy.


Telephone sessions:  I do provide telephone session for established clients who have seen me in person. 


Video Therapy:   

I am happy to provide video therapy.  I use a HIPAA compliant software for video therapy which ensures the highest level of security to significantly reduce the chance that our discussions are digitally monitored or intercepted by others. Please note that there is no 100% secure internet service, but HIPAA compliance gives a high level of confidence in security. Unfortunately, Skype is not a HIPAA compliant video service. 


Please be mindful that some insurance companies will not cover the cost of telephone or video therapy sessions, so this may be an out-of-pocket expense for you.     

In Home and In The Community Sessions

For those with agoraphobia and other anxiety issues that make coming to an office a huge challenge, I do offer to hold some initial sessions in the clients home.

 

In treating Social Anxiety (SA) it is often helpful to do exposure techniques in community settings (not necessarily your own community).  For those who would like it, I am available to be there with you to support you in this process.


For specific phobias I will also help in the community to guide the exposure to feared stimuli (i.e. bridges, highways, horses, dogs, etc.).


Please note that some insurance companies will not cover the cost of  the above mentioned sessions, so this may be an out-of-pocket expense for you. 

More About Therapy with Rick

For those who have some understanding of psychological theoretical approaches, you might be interested to know the following about therapy with me: 


Many practitioners state that they use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when they actually use only a handful of CBT techniques. In my practice roughly 80% of my therapeutic techniques are from CBT, as I have found it extremely helpful for clients. I also rely on a Person-Centered (Rogerian) empathic approach to understanding each client. I often use Motivational Interviewing (Miller and Rollnick) techniques to help each client make their own decisions about how to reach their goals according to their beliefs and standards. I sometimes find it appropriate to utilize techniques from a “Here and Now” (Gestalt) or “Inner Child” (Jungian-and others) perspective. 


Cognitive features of therapy will include exploring your own thought processes. Behavioral aspects could include exposure to feared stimuli or situations. Other techniques could include progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, visualization, and reframing. If we are addressing issues of anxiety or depression, I will regularly ask you to complete “homework” as part of the therapeutic process. This could include anything from reading to behavioral practice in the community.

Depression and Anxiety

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, I can help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.