Social anxiety in boys


I wish that I had been trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) many more years before I actually did. I was very lucky that I used to live a few minutes away from Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy where I did my training in CBT for Youth with Dr. Tori Creed (sitting in front of me) who was an amazing teacher. Dr. Aaron Beck (pictured in the group photo) created CBT at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s.

Boys don’t talk about anxiety with other boys. Boys definitely DO NOT talk about social anxiety with other boys. As a result, they often feel isolated and believe they are the only kid who struggles with social anxiety.

Below are pictures using two different CBT-based curricula from this past week. One is working with a 2nd grader, the other with a 9th grader.

Social anxiety is very common in boys with ADHD, learning differences (such as slower processing) as well as in those with no formal diagnosis.

If you believe your son may have social anxiety please don’t allow him to self-isolate in a virtual words of video games. Give him the tools he needs to overcome his anxiety.

Let’s talk about how we can help: