Marshall’s psychology department will soon begin a series of twice-a-week sessions for people dealing with social anxiety. People who deal with social anxiety often feel uncomfortable in social situations, worry about embarrassing themselves in social situations, avoid being around others because it “stresses them out,” or fear that others will judge and evaluate them.
“Social anxiety is a problem that affects dozens of students across campus and even more in the community,” said Greg Rodgers, one of the therapists leading the group, “but it is a very treatable problem for people who are willing to take the steps to change it. This group is a great opportunity for people to help themselves.”
“Being a part of a social anxiety group can be extremely helpful for the socially anxious person,” said Dr. Keith Beard, director of MU’s Psychology Clinic. “It is an atmosphere where the person can feel safe to discuss his or her anxiety and interact with people in a safe environment. No matter how painfully shy a person is or how many ‘butterflies’ are in his or her stomach, there are skills that can be learned to help lessen these feelings and gain more confidence when interacting with others.”
This group lasts for eight sessions across four weeks and is free and confidential. Group meetings will occur in the Marshall’s Psychology Clinic, located in Harris Hall. Pre-screenings for the group will begin as soon as enough members are acquired and group meeting times will be set based on the members’ and group leaders’ availability.
For more information contact the clinic by phone at ext.6-2772,
option 1, or email Beard at
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