Adolescent Social Anxiety Group: 8-week CBT Group for Teenagers
Making and keeping friends is an important aspect of life, particularly for adolescents. Sometimes teenagers lack the skills to make new friends and are unsure of how to navigate a more nuanced and complex social environment. Other times, increased worry about saying the wrong thing, making a mistake, or being judged can keep teenagers from talking to peers or engaging in activities of interest.
Adolescent Social Anxiety Group
CBT/DBT Associates is excited to offer an 8-week CBT group for teenagers experiencing social difficulties. Participants will learn coping skills to effectively manage anxiety, increase social awareness and social skills in order to appropriately respond to social norms and subtle cues, and have the opportunity to practice learned skills in the moment within a small and supportive community.
Schedule and Registration
This group begins on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30-6:45PM and runs weekly.
New sessions are offered on a rotating basis monthly. In order to ensure your enrollment in the upcoming session, we encourage you to schedule an intake appointment as soon as possible. If you are interested, please complete this form or call us at 212-546-9200.
About the Group Leader
William Benson earned his Psy.D. at Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in psychology summa cum laude with departmental honors. Dr. Benson completed his pre-doctoral internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he specialized in providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions for children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of clinical concerns in outpatient, emergency department, and inpatient settings. During this internship, he also served as Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University. Dr. Benson completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health, where he also served as Clinical Instructor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on the patterns of thinking, behavior, and emotional responding that are associated with distress or life dissatisfaction. In CBT, clients learn techniques to recognize and change these patterns to improve daily functioning and life satisfaction. CBT is an empirically supported treatment for a wide variety of problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, compulsive behaviors, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and test anxiety. CBT is a time-limited treatment, typically lasting from 10 to 20 sessions rather than years. Between weekly individual sessions, clients practice skills learned in session through homework exercises. Practice of the skills increases the likelihood that they will generalize to your life outside of therapy and remain part of your repertoire after treatment has ended.