Local Groups

Local Groups

Connecticut Social Anxiety and Public Speaking Phobia Support Group, Central CT:

An excellent opportunity to meet new people that you can openly share your anxiety challenges with. Offer support and understanding and share your story with others. This is a judgement free and low-pressure environment.

If you prefer not to speak at all, no problem, just come and observe. Please do not let the fear that you will have to speak hold you back from attending. You can learn valuable information just from listening to others and realizing that you are not alone.

This group has been going strong for 9 years, over 200 meetings, with members driving over an hour to attend as there are no other resources like this near Connecticut.

Meetings run about 2 hours. There are 2 types of meetings, alternating between Regular Discussion Meetings (highly recommended to attend this one first) and Advanced Activities Meetings in which we do behavioral activities/exposures.

There is no commitment involved; attend as you are able.

On occasion, we do post events to go out and socialize.

Personal Development and Life Coaching, Central CT:

This group is for anyone interested in life coaching and personal development. You do not need to have any experience in either, just the desire for personal growth and motivation for yourself and others in the group. If you’re looking to think outside the box, figure out what your ideal life is and to take the steps to accomplish it, you’re in the right place.

While coaching professionals or those considering a coaching career are encouraged to join, anyone interested in personal development and growth opportunities is welcome to join and share ideas.

CBT Guided, Structured Group:

If you’ve ever considered cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety, we are looking into running another session of the New Haven CBT group early next year, tentatively from February through May. I encourage anyone who’s interested to consider this opportunity, as it may be the last one I’m able to run (due to issues with our long-time location).

Meetings run weekly from 9:30 to 12:00 on Saturday mornings.

For those who don’t know, CBT is a form of therapy that helps us get better by changing the way we think and behave. In this group we discuss how our own thoughts and actions are keeping our anxiety alive and different strategies for changing that. We also work on mild behavioral exercises which serve the same purpose. It is a very safe, non-judgmental environment where you can discuss your issues with other people who truly understand.

There is no cost to join the group, however I will ask you to purchase a workbook (about $25 on Amazon) that will serve as the basis for our discussions, and for a small one-time donation to cover use of the room.

One last thing to consider. In order for this group to be successful, members must make the effort to attend as many meetings as possible. (13 meetings total.) I realize it’s a huge commitment, however the group can’t thrive unless everyone is willing to give it their best shot. It’s perfectly okay if you have to miss a week or two, however if your schedule only allows you to show up occasionally this won’t work for you (or us).

If this seems like something you’d be interested in, contact Michael at michael410@gmail.com and I will answer any questions you might have. I will only run the group if I get enough people and I hope to have a definite answer from everyone by mid-January.

Thank you.

I always feel relief after speaking at a meeting so I’m going to try to force myself to speak more and share more ideas in finding ways to combat anxiety.
Joe