Nearly everyone experiences some degree of discomfort in social situations from time to time, while approximately 15 million adults or 7.1% of the U.S. population experiences distress in social situations and meet criteria for social anxiety disorder. In this month’s TS Talk, join Dr. Marla Deibler as we explore the experience of social anxiety, including social anxiety disorder and selective mutism, the ways in which it may impair daily functioning, and the ways in which TS and related disorders may impact the experience of social stress. In this interactive presentation, we will examine our own social anxiety and discuss evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment approaches.
Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, ABPP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is Board-Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia. Dr. Deibler serves on the Faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Deibler also serves as President of the Board of Directors of OCD NJ, the NJ affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, Consultant at the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Visiting Clinical Supervisor at the Rutgers University Psychological Services Clinic, and as a member of the Executive Council for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences OCD Special Interest Group. She is the author of The BFRB Recovery Workbook: Effective Recovery from Hair Pulling, Skin Picking, Nail Biting, and Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (October 2023).