Free and Low-Cost Online Treatment Resources for Social Anxiety Disorder

Free or Low-Cost Online Treatment Resources for Social Anxiety Disorder

Free online treatment resources for social anxiety disorder (SAD) range from programs for specific problems such as stuttering to general educational resources.

Most online treatment resources that are free are offered through a university or from a research setting, however there is no guarantee about the effectiveness of treatment. Below is a list of some free online treatment resources for SAD.

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VirtualClinic

Learn about treatment options through Virtual Clinic.
Virtual Clinic has many free options for online treatment.. UNSW / Virtual Clinic

VirtualClinic is a non-profit venture of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). VirtualClinic is a joint program between St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia and the University of New South Wales School of Psychiatry in New South Wales, Australia.

VirtualClinic offers an online treatment program for social phobia that incorporates weekly contact with a therapist. The program is free but you must be a resident of Australia. More »

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MoodGym

Use MoodGym to manage emotions.
MoodGym training can help you manage your emotions.. Australian National University / MoodGym

MoodGYM is an interactive online program aimed at preventing depression and anxiety. Consisting of games, assessments, audio files and feedback, MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a treatment that has been shown to be effective for social anxiety disorder.

MoodGym is available worldwide, but was developed at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australia National University. More »

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E-Couch

Try Ecouch to work through your emotional issues.
Ecouch offers help for a number of mental health issues.. Australian National University / Ecouch

E-Couch is a free online program designed to prevent and provide coping strategies for depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and SAD.

E-Couch is provided through the Australian National University, and is an offshoot of the MoodGym program. More »

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This Way Up Social Phobia Course

Visit This Way Up for a social phobia course
This Way Up offers a social phobia course. St. Vincent's Hospital Sydney / This Way Up

The "This Way Up" social phobia course is for people who fear and avoid situations in which they could be the center of attention. The course takes up to 3 months with one or two lessons per week. There is a charge for the course; however, at around $60 US total it is much less than traditional therapy. Results are expected to be similar whether you complete the program on your own or with the supervision of your therapist. More »

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Social Anxiety Institute Online Therapy Program

An online therapy program for SAD
An online therapy program for SAD. Courtesy of Social Anxiety Institute

The SAI online program involves 25 weekly sessions and is more expensive than the others at about $160 US in total. However, SAI has a good reputation and runs workshops in-person, so this could easily be used as a stepping stone to enter therapy or one of those in-person programs. More »

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