The Shyness Home Page
Shyness and social phobia do not have to interfere with achieving professional and interpersonal goals. The pain of shyness can be relieved by challenging automatic thoughts and beliefs, and learning new behaviors.
This page is a gathering of network resources for people seeking information and services for shyness. It is sponsored by The Shyness Institute, Berkeley, California (an institute for research and public education in shyness and social fitness, developing Social Fitness Training, including mindfulness exercises.).
Dr. Lynne Henderson also has her own Private Practice, which not only focuses on shyness, but also on anxiety disorders more generally, on depression and interpersonal problems, using CBT, CFT and ACT as well as emotion-focused therapy. She also works with couples.
(Note: This page is to encourage networking. The Shyness InstituteandDr. Lynne Henderson cannot, and does not, necessarily evaluate or certify the quality of the services mentioned here.)
Mindfulness and Compassion-focused Audio Exercises
Treatment Centers and University Programs
Therapists and Coaches trained in the Social Fitness Model
Books by and about shy and successful
- New group: Compassionate Social Fitness: A Compassion-Focused CBT Therapy Group in Berkeley. Forming now. Lynne Henderson, Ph.D.
- New course: Mindful Self-Compassion: An empirically-supported, 8-week course in Self-Kindness, Acceptance & Mindfulness. Feb 5 - Mar 26, 2015. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Lynne Henderson, Ph.D.
- New book: Helping your Shy and Socialliy Anxious Client: A Social Fitness Training Protocol Using CBT. Lynne Henderson, Ph.D, (2014):
- Online Social Fitness Training Study: The online Social Fitness Training study has been completed. An abstract of research results is available. For more information contact Peter Saunders.
- Book: Improving Social Confidence and Reducing Shyness Using Compassion Focused Therapy, by Dr. Lynne Henderson, published in the UK by Constable & Robinson in 2010, and as The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Building Social Confidence: using compassion-focused therapy to overcome shyness & social anxiety in the US by New Harbinger Publications in 2011.
- New podcast: Compassion-focused imagery exercises, by Paul Gilbert, are available on Dennis Tirch's website.
- Training Manuals: Social Fitness Training Manuals, by Lynne Henderson, are now in print. -
- Book chapter: Shyness, Social Anxiety and Social Phobia, Henderson, L., & Zimbardo, P. (2010). In S. G. Hofmann & P. M. DiBartolo (Eds.), Social anxiety: Clinical, developmental, and social perspectives, second edition (2nd ed.). Taramani, Chennai,India: Elsevier.
- Current Shyness work: Dr. Lynne Henderson is now seeing clients individually and in groups at 550 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, California, 94301 and in Berkeley, California. Contact: (650) 814-9210. Dr. Henderson is integrating Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into Social Fitness Training (TM).
- The Shyness Clinic: The Shyness Clinic, has become a part of the The Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Clinic at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology located in Los Altos, California. Clients are only seen individually.
Some recent past events:
- Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for Shame and Self-Critical Difficulties, with Professor Paul Gilbert, March 2-4 (Saturday - Monday), 2013. Register now! Space is limited. CEU's available.
A three-day intensive workshop on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), led by Professor Paul Gilbert.
- Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion, March 8, 2013, Craneway Conference Center, Richmond, CA.
The Greater Good Science Center, in partnership with Mindful, is pleased to present this ground-breaking, one-day conference, which will explore the important connections between mindfulness and compassion. *Will be Webcast Live!* Speakers include Jon Kabat-Zinn (keynote), Kristin Neff, Shauna Shapiro, Paul Gilbert, and Dacher Keltner. Attendees will practice research-tested mindfulness and compassion techniques. CEUs available.
- Can I Count On You? Questionnaire
People sometimes use indicators or signs to help them answer questions like: “Can I count on this person to be there for me emotionally at difficult times ?” This scale studies the value of different indicators. No identifying information will be taken or kept. Thank you.
- Social Interaction and Technology Use Questionnaire
The Shyness Institute is conducting research on shyness and technology use. This questionnaire has around 100 questions. If you wish to be part of this study, please fill out this questionnaire. Altough your name appears in the consent section, it will not be kept with the data, so no identifying information will be included in our publications. Thank you.
- The Kato/Markus Questionnaire
The Shyness Institute is conducting research on social fitness and cultural orientation. This questionnaire has 31 questions. If you wish to be part of this study, please fill out this questionnaire. No identifying information will be included in our publications. After you submit your answers, information about our research concerns. Thank you.
Mindfulness and Compassion-focused Audio Exercises:
- Skype Interview (Video, YouTube): 9/6/2012, Culture of Empathy Builder: Lynne Henderson. Lynne Henderson & Edwin Rutsch: Shyness, Anxiety & How to Build a Culture of Empathy.
- Radio interview: 2/14/2010, KALW/NPR, Work with Marty Nemko. Lynne Henderson on coping with shyness/social anxiety in the workplace.
- "Shyness" in the "Encyclopedia of Mental Health": An overview of Shyness, what is known and how it is treated. (Academic Press, San Diego, CA; 1998)
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America: A national organization for professionals, researchers, clinicians and consumers. Maintains a directory of practitioners working with anxiety disorders including social phobia. Contact via website or e-mail)
- Shyness Brochure: A public information brochure (2 pages, 8 panels) on Shyness developed by the Shyness Institute and co-distributed by APA.
- CyberPsych: A home page for psychology.
- The Shyness Institute: A non-profit research corporation dedicated to research in the areas of shyness, social phobia, and related anxiety disorders. The Shyness Institute:
- Society for Interpersonal Theory and Resesarch (SITAR): An international, multidisciplinary, scientific association devoted to the advancement of interpersonal theory and research.
- Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program: Research program at UCSD. Phone: (858) 622-6134. Email: email@example.com
- New Harbinger Press: A source of much good reading.
- Compassionate Mind Foundation: Paul Gilbert. University of Derby, UK.
- The Center for Mindfulness & Compassion-Focused Therapy: Dennis Tirch, NY, USA.
- Self-compassion Website: Kristin Neff. University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA.
Treatment Centers and University Programs:
- The Shyness Clinic: located in Los Altos, California, offers a broad spectrum of psychotherapeutic services for shyness and social phobia including individual counseling. Contact: 650-961-9300.
- American Psychological Association: For referral information for psychologists in your area. Or call (800) 964-2000 to be connected to the referral system in your area.
- Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University: David Barlow, Ph.D., Director; (617) 353-9610
- Center for Shyness and Social Therapy: Jonathan Berent, M. S. W., Berent Associates; 17 Maple Drive, Greatneck, New York. (800) 248-2034
- Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CU-CARD): Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D, ABPP, Columbia UniversityColumbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute; Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 74, New York, NY 10032-2626. (212) 543-5339 (phone), (212) 543-6660 (fax).
- Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders: University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742. (301) 405-0232
- Drexel Anxiety Treatment and Research Program: James Herbert, Ph.D. , Program Director; 245 N. 15th St., Philadelphia, PA 1910. (215) 762-FEAR.
- Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Cheryl Carmin, PhD, Professor; Director of Clinical Psychology Training, 1670 Upham Drive – Suite 460, Columbus, OH 43201;
(614) 293-0697 (phone), (614) 293-4949 (fax)
- National Center for Children, Youth and Families Services
- New England Educational Institute: Offers symposia and audio cassettes that may be relevant to anxiety/social phobia
- Adult Anxiety Clinic: Temple University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program: (310) 206-5133.
- CAAN Lab: The CAAN lab at the Stanford University Psychology Department is doing a study on Social Anxiety Disorder and offering two stress reduction programs (Mindfulness and Exercise) as treatment. (650) 723-5977.
- The Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Paul Greene, Ph.D.; psychological services for people affected by depression, anxiety, and other conditions; 276 Fifth Avenue, Suite #90, New York, NY 1000; (646) 863-4225.
Therapists and Coaches trained in the Social Fitness Model:
- Individual and group treatment in San Francisco, CA: Nicole Shiloff, Ph.D. Contact: (650) 759-6808.
- Individual and group treatment in Fremont, CA: Sally Reese, MFT. Contact: (510) 494-1400.
- Individual and Group Treatment in Palo Alto and Berkeley, CA: Lynne Henderson, Ph.D. Contact: (650) 814-9210.
Books by and about shy and successful:
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