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Halloween and time to talk about scary things like… counseling. But first a word about e-Couch and Social Anxiety.

October 22, 2009
Photo by Patricia Green

Photo by Patricia Green

Social Anxiety and how e-Couch can help

So, you don’t do a lot of things because you are uncomfortable around people you don’t know or authority figures, and situations where others might be judging you  – like oral presentations for instance or parties where there are a lot of people.   Well, for the same reasons you don’t go to parties, and you avoid places where you might feel judged, we might not ever see you in our counseling offices even though we could help.  Even people who don’t have to deal with social anxiety coming and speaking to a counselor represents a scary proposition.  So what to do?

1. You could try and push through the anxiety and call 778-5210 and make an appointment to talk to a personal counselor.  This actually our preference since we are skilled at helping people with anxiety and other problems and that’s why we’re here!

2. You could do nothing and hope things get better (however, we’ve all heard the definition of insanity as doing the same thing over again and expecting a different outcome).

3. You could check out e-Couch, a self-paced, self help interactive program that includes modules for social anxiety   and generalized anxiety as well as depression. It provides self-help interventions drawn from cognitive,
behavioral and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

E-Couch is created by the folks at e-Hub, the award-winning  team at The Australian National University. E-hub has developed four innovative online self-help services that can be accessed anonymously and free of charge, 24 hours a day, from anywhere. e-hub’s programs have been developed by internationally recognized experts in the field of mental health and web service delivery research, some of whom have personally experienced depression.
Thus the programs incorporate both a rigorous research perspective and a consumer focus.

Interested?  I went through the modules and used the toolkits and was very impressed!  Check it out at:  www.ecouch.anu.edu.au

Let us know if you use it and what you think.

Stay tuned for a scary visit to a personal counselor on Halloween.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynn permalink
    November 3, 2009 11:07 am

    Really cool site, lotsa good info. Thanks!

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