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I’m terrified of groups/anxious in groups

… how can do I do a course that involves being in a group?

terrified of groupsI totally understand. I can remember feeling like that myself.

It is absolutely true that groups can be rather frightening and overwhelming places, particularly for introverts and reserved people.

There is often a lot of pressure to perform, to look good in which the more socially adept outshine everyone else.

The impact of this is that most reserved people retreat even more into their shell – even if they have valuable information and perceptions to contribute – afraid that they will be shot down for saying something silly.

It is only through a group that you can break through your fear of being in a group

But groups as well as being terrifying – can also be places where you can make your biggest shifts.

I see much faster progress in this area for people who come into one of my courses than almost anything else – because it is only through a group that you can break through your fear of being in a group.

My courses are very supportive and empathic where criticism is discouraged, and acknowledgement encouraged. In other words, unlike most teaching situations, you will receive acknowledgement for what you are achieving.

Plus participating in the activities of the group will stretch you and expand you in ways you can’t imagine. Then the next time you’re back in a group situation – you will be surprised how comfortable and relaxed you feel. And you may find yourself speaking up and receiving a very positive response.

A positive experience of being in a group

Thus Making Moves groups will help you build your confidence and give you a positive experience of being in a group – enabling you to break through this pattern for good.
We live in a culture in which people are becoming more and more isolated, which makes it all the more important for us to find strength in groups. With the support of a group, almost anything can be achieved.

I would suggest that you start with the Breakthrough Group, Breakthrough Plus Group, Express Yourself Workshop or get a taste of what to expect by coming to the next Intro Evening.

See the calendar for when the next course is starting.

Being terrified of groups need not be the end of the road for you.

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Want to know what’s coming up soon?

My regular courses will return in mid September (with COVID 19 safeguards).

Find out what its like to attend a Sunflower Effect  Course by joining the next  Livestream Introductory Evening on 15th Sept 7.30-9.30.

A great way to get a taste of what to expect before joining one of my courses.

If you’re feeling ready to take the plunge and book for one of my courses – here’s a bit of useful info as to where to get started:

The Breakthrough Group is the first step for many people – particularly if you feel shy, self-conscious or experience social anxiety. I’ve seen some miraculous transformations in my 20 years of running this course.

My next courses next start:
Wed 23rd Sept @ 7.45pm  and Tues 29th Sept   @5.30pm

Or, if speaking up in groups, being heard, or any kind of public speaking is your challenge, then the  Finding Your Voice course is a good place to start. Particularly if anxiety or nerves are an issue. I’ve had people with very severe symptoms including panic attacks, overcome these issues with relative ease.

My next courses start:
Thurs 24th Sept@ 7.45pm  and 1st Oct @5.30pm

For people who can’t get to the London courses, I will be running a daytime course on Zoom. It starts Wednesday, 30th Sept @ 10am

“I don’t know what to say” improvisation for social confidencei s great for people with average confidence who experience some form of social anxiety or awkwardness but find themselves stumped with knowing what to say. Working through improvisation and will transform your verbal confidence and social skills.

Next course starts Tuesday 22nd Sept 7.45-9.45pm

See my Covid 19 Safeguards for all live courses.

You can book online for all my courses and events.

If you’re not sure which course is right for you, book a telephone appointment with me or get in touch by email

I look forward to hearing from you

Best, Claire