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Social Anxiety

Stop. Breathe. Be here now.


Stop. Breathe. Be here now.

Check out this article below!

Society is becoming more open to discussing mental health and combating stigma! The article notes that mindfulness skills are being implemented to help children regulate their emotions more effectively; and we have seen similar success with our DBT work with children and adolescents!

That’s what we do here at PBS, particularly within our comprehensive DBT program. We learn and practice skills related to mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to help effectively empower kids and families.

Have questions? Please feel free to reach out!


What does it mean to be "over controlled" and radically open?!

What does it mean to be "over controlled" and radically open?!

Here is a great podcast about Radically Open DBT and its effectiveness for temperaments of over control!

Marielle Berg from Bay Area DBT recently interviewed Neil Howell for a new podcast that explains OC and RO nicely. Marielle does a great job asking the questions to help get to the bones of RO, and Neil answers with humour and humility.

Here's the link

Here’s the link to our RO DBT services for more information! Don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions or how RO DBT might be a good fit for you!


Social Anxiety Treatment

Our Social Anxiety Program is starting March 13th, 2017. Please give us a call for more information. Skills class meets Monday from 5-630pm. 



12 Week Program


What is Comprehensive CBT (CCBT) for Social Anxiety?

Our 12- week CCBT for Social Anxiety Program includes both individual and skills class (group) formats. The treatment incorporates several strategies in the following contexts:

  • Exposure through Role Plays
  • Cognitive Restructuring Exercises (e.g., identify and evaluate beliefs)
  • Social Skills Training  through Modeling and Coaching


1. Skills Classes (Group)

Classes include 6-10 participants and focus on skill acquisition and application in a supportive environment with real-time feedback. Classes are co-led by two therapists. Class is Monday from 5:00-6:30 pm. Sessions 1-2 are an introduction to CBT and social anxiety, sessions 3-4 are devoted to skills training (e.g., initiating, maintaining, and ending conversations, as well as compromise and negotiation), and sessions 5-12 involve exposure simulation, cognitive and behavioral skills acquisition, identification of cognitions, and generalization of skills to multiple contexts.

2. Individual Therapy

Patients meet with their individual therapists for several weeks of pre-treatment (before skills class begins) to develop goals, create a hierarchy of fears, and gain preliminary insight into their symptoms. Patients may also inquire about medication options during pre-treatment.

3. Homework

Homework is a required and essential part of CCBT for Social Anxiety in order to generalize skills to a variety of contexts. Participants in the program should expect daily homework that will be of increasing "intensity" to help challenge and overcome feared situations. Patients will also complete thought-logs which allow for the evaluation of inaccurate beliefs and development of alternative beliefs.