A simple, five-step program to overcome the social anxiety standing between you and a happier, more confident life
Do you worry about what others think of you? Does fear of being judged trigger intense anxiety? If you're one of millions of teens suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD), you know how it feels to miss out on life because you're avoiding people or situations that you feel like you just can't deal with. The good news is there is a way to free yourself from the fear and uncertainty keeping you from the rich and fulfilling life you deserve.
Social Anxiety Relief for Teens offers a simple, five-step cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program to help you stop your fears and worries from getting the best of you. You'll learn to recognize your triggers and identify the unhelpful behaviors you use to try to cope with or avoid them now. Then you'll discover ways to slowly and gently challenge yourself to face anxiety-inducing situations, until you gradually increase your comfort levels. Finally, you'll develop the skills you need to build on your progress and work toward mastering your anxiety.
If you're ready to break free from social anxiety and build the self-confidence you'll need to reach your goals, this book will give you the boost you need to get there.
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Bridget Flynn Walker, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals with anxiety and related disorders. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley; and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, CA. She has particular expertise using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with anxious children and adolescents and their families. She is author of Anxiety Relief for Kids, which enjoys international readership and has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation--an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with CBT principles, and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Walker has trained doctoral-level clinicians in CBT and anxiety disorders. In addition, mental health professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area request her consultation and teaching services. She is a lecturer at the University of California at San Francisco-Osher Mini Medical School, and is frequently asked to educate and guide school professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. She is known for her skill at making CBT clear and accessible to nonprofessionals. She lives in San Francisco, CA. Visit her at www.drbridgetwalker.com. Foreword writer Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, is author of My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic. He is codirector of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; and assistant clinical professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.