The practice of group counseling for individuals with social phobia is increasing and various therapies have been applied to develop comprehensive treatments. Social phobia is the most common anxiety disorder diagnosed, and in adults, it is usually mediated strongly by hypervigilance, attentional avoidance, and heightened self-focused attention. The literature on group therapies for individuals with social phobia shows the most current and promising group therapies are cognitive-behavioral group therapy, social self-reappraisal therapy, task-concentration training, mindfulness-based stress reduction training, and acceptance and commitment therapy. The research on group therapy for social phobia has a lot of support but also has its limitations. The limitations include lack of multicultural participants and theoretical orientations, high attrition rates, and little focus on co-morbid diagnoses with social phobia. The future of group therapy for individuals with social phobia appears promising if the research continues to receive support and limitations are addressed.
Davis, Martha A.
"Literature Review on Counseling Groups for Social Phobia,"
Graduate Journal of Counseling Psychology:
1, Article 1.
Available at: http://epublications.marquette.edu/gjcp/vol3/iss1/1