We have known for some time how to effectively treat social anxiety. However, these procedures aren't reaching the population that needs them.
Oxford, UK (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
AI-Therapy has launched Overcome Social Anxiety, a new approach for the online treatment of social anxiety and shyness.
"Social anxiety is a common problem, impacting the lives of millions of people worldwide," said Dr Fjola Helgadottir, a Senior Research Clinician at the University of Oxford and co-founder of AI-Therapy. "A core problem in social anxiety is the fear of negative evaluation. It is this fear that often prevents people from seeking help, especially for those who need it most. Our new program is for anyone who experiences feelings of anxiety or discomfort in social situations."
"As psychologists, we have known for some time how to effectively treat social anxiety," said Associate Professor Ross Menzies of the University of Sydney, and Chief Scientific Advisor at AI-Therapy. “However, these procedures aren't reaching the population that needs them. Evidence shows that online self-help programs have the ability to effectively disseminate the latest research findings, and make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Overcome Social Anxiety simulates an online client-therapist relationship using a combination of text, video and audio. It begins with a series of questionnaires that are used to build an individualized model of the user’s social anxiety profile. Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used to target the thoughts and behaviors that underlie the user’s symptoms. For example, if a user has difficulties speaking to authority figures, the program uses exercises to challenge the thoughts and behaviors maintaining the problem.
Overcome Social Anxiety’s predecessor was the subject of a clinical trial. The trial participants showed a significant improvement in symptoms of social anxiety and an overall improvement in mood and quality of life. Further details, as well as academic publication references, can be found here.
AI-Therapy’s Overcome Social Anxiety can be accessed instantly by anyone. Typically, it takes about 2 to 4 months to complete the program. A 6 month subscription can be purchased at http://www.AI-Therapy.com.
AI-Therapy, owned and operated by AICBT Ltd., develops online tools for psychology research and mental health. They merge the latest online technologies with recent advances in clinical psychology. Their first treatment program, Overcome Social Anxiety, is currently available worldwide.