Social Anxiety & Shyness self-help resources


Gillian Butler

Professor Gillian Butler is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She practises in the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust and also works at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She regularly runs training workshops for mental health practitioners both in the UK and abroad. 

 Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness is a classic self-help guide, now recommended as part of the NHS Books On Prescription scheme. Full of real-life examples this easy-to-use guide is suitable for those who suffer from all degrees of social anxiety and shyness.

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Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness self-help course

The Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness self-help course has been adapted from Professor Gillian Butler’s classic self-help guide Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness. A series of modules in three parts, and based on clinically proven CBT techniques, the interactive course is designed around worksheets, charts and exercises in a step-by-step format ideal for you to follow alone or with professional assistance.


How the course works

The coursewill show you how to understand social anxiety and shyness, before helping you to reduce its effects, build your confidence and challenge your negative beliefs.

Part One

  • What social anxiety is
  • How it can affect your life
  • The different kinds of social anxiety
  • Shyness
  • How your thoughts are linked to social anxiety
  • Where social anxiety comes from
  • What happens when someone is socially anxious

Part Two

  • Starting points
  • How to reduce your self-consciousness
  • How to change your thinking patterns
  • How to do things differently

Part Three

  • How to build up your confidence
  • Your underlying beliefs and assumptions
  • Useful information
  • How to put it all together
  • How to become assertive
  • How to overcome having been bullied
  • How to relax


Example: Module 12 – Building up confidence

One of the qualities most desired by sufferers from social anxiety is confidence. But what is confidence? Where does confidence come from and how can we build it up?

This module will help you:

  • Understand where confidence comes from
  • Understand the difference between confidence and self-confidence
  • Learn how to behave as if you’re confident
  • Learn how you can become more socially active


How to get started

The Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness self-help course, written by Gillian Butler and published as part of the Overcoming... series, is available to you in book format as a set of three workbooks.

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You can also download the course, module by module, direct to your computer in PDF format, and work through the modules at your own pace. Some modules are free of charge, others cost £2 each.

Each module builds on what has already been covered by previous modules. What you learn when working through one will help you when you come to the next. To get the most from the course, work through each module systematically, step by step.

Download modules in PDF format


I found this book to be an excellent resource which I have begun to recommend to my clients.

BABCP Magazine



What if I don't feel better?

There is nothing to lose by working on some or all of the modules; they will give you practical coping skills that you can use straight away. However, if you find that self-help alone is not meeting your needs (and this is sometimes the case), see your family doctor, medical practitioner or specialist therapist, who will offer extra support. If you do need to seek more help, it doesn't mean you have failed in any way; just that your difficulties are perhaps more complex.

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