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(p. 1) Psychoeducation: Background on Social Anxiety and Its Treatment 

(p. 1) Psychoeducation: Background on Social Anxiety and Its Treatment
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(p. 1) Psychoeducation: Background on Social Anxiety and Its Treatment
Author(s):

Debra A. Hope

, Richard G. Heimberg

, and Cynthia L. Turk

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190247591.003.0001
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date: 25 February 2020

The primary purpose of this chapter is to help the client understand his or her diagnosis in the context of normal and excessive social anxiety. The therapist helps the client gain an appreciation that cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective and also provides a basic understanding of the nature of CBT, including the investment of effort and energy required. An important aspect is socialization to help the client to understand the need for his or her active participation, including making an emotional investment in change and participating in the many activities of therapy. The therapist works to enhance motivation for change and builds the therapeutic alliance.

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