Social Anxiety Groups

Young people who struggle with social anxiety experience intense discomfort in social settings. To ease their anxiety they often begin avoiding social situations, which unfortunately makes their anxiety worse. While individual treatment teaches children and adolescents strategies for how to tolerate social situations without avoiding them, there is growing evidence that practicing and refining these skills is more effective when done in group formats.

Virtual Social Anxiety Groups for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

Virtual Social Anxiety Groups at the Child Mind Institute teach children, adolescents, and young adults coping skills to help them manage their anxiety as they practice facing their social fears in a group setting. Groups are designed to help participants develop skills and confidence in a supportive environment through exposures.

Our Virtual Social Anxiety Groups are appropriate for those who:

  • Feel scared or uncomfortable in social situations
  • Are afraid of embarrassing themselves in social situations
  • Avoid doing activities that involve socializing
  • Have difficulty recognizing social cues
  • Targeted Areas of Exposure: Participating in a virtual setting, asking for help, asserting opinions, working or playing in a group,  starting or joining in a conversation, videochatting with family or friends, attending a virtual party, giving a presentation or debating an issue.

We meet individually with each participant prior to the start of the group to determine if he or she is the right fit and to identify specific areas of concern. In addition to group-focused activities, we are able to provide individualized interventions tailored to the specific needs of each child.

Virtual Group Schedule

We offer three school-year groups: one for children ages 9 through 13, one for adolescents ages 13 through 18, and one for young adults ages 18-23.

  • 8-Week Winter Social Anxiety Group for Tweens
    • Dates: Thursdays from January 7th – February 25th
    • Time: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm EST
    • Includes parent session held via webinar at the halfway point of the group
    • Cost: $1,120
  • 8-Week Winter Social Anxiety Group for Teens
    • Dates: Thursdays from January 7th – February 25th
    • Time: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm EST
    • Includes parent session held via webinar at the halfway point of the group
    • Cost: $1,120
  • 8-Week Winter Social Anxiety Group for Young Adults
    • Dates: Thursdays from January 7th – February 25th
    • Time: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm EST
    • Cost: $1,120

Additional Information

Eligibility: Children, adolescents and young adults who need help overcoming social anxiety. To ensure an appropriate fit, we will conduct a one-hour assessment billed at the clinician’s hourly rate. The assessment fee is waived if the child has participated in a previous group.

Cancellation policy

If a child cannot attend and we are notified at least 30 days prior to the start date of the program we will issue a refund, excluding a $300 non-refundable deposit for administrative fees. At the time of registration full payment is required to reserve a space. If less than 30 days notification is given, no refund will be provided.

How to apply

Please call us at (212) 308-3118 or request an appointment online and specify that you are interested in our Social Anxiety Groups.

Our Team

Janine Domingues, PhD
Janine Domingues, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Amanda G. Mintzer, PsyD
Amanda G. Mintzer, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Greenspan Amanda CMI
Amanda Greenspan, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Anxiety Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Anna Loiterstein, MS
Anna Loiterstein, PsyD

Associate Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Schwartz Stephanie CMI
Stephanie Schwartz, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Werley Carey CMI
Carey Werley, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Anxiety Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Zoloth Emma
Emma Zoloth, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Center, Mood Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute