Public Speaking Anxiety
& Social Anxiety Courses

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Dr. Cheryl Mathews
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Board Certified Coach

Dr. Cheryl Mathews, Your Guide

Desensitization Laboratory (LAB)

this is where things start to change

here's how it works

what is the LAB?

The LAB is where you take action. I'll guide you every step of the way.

practice anxiety management techniques

Practice anxiety management techniques in a very sensitive and safe LAB. Learn with others who share your fear. Take gradual steps that are manageable for you.

monitor your improvement

You'll receive an online survey to track your fear level. We'll track your fear level to make sure you're improving.

get personal guidance
and help

I'll help you desensitize successfully and ensure you're using the techniques the right way. You can also talk to me via email, text, phone or Skype (or whatever works best for you).

Goal: Desensitize your nervous system and reduce your fear.

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This is what you will learn in the Desensitization Lab:

  • šYou’ll learn through personal experience that your anxiety increases and decreases in a predictable fashion.
  • šYou’ll see for yourself that when you’re in speaking situations long enough your anxiety will dissipate naturally (on it’s own with no effort).
  • šYou’ll find that anxiety goes down with repeated practice (as long as you’re practicing correctly).
  • šYou’re going to have a chance to learn how to coach yourself more accurately before, during and after a speaking situation.
  • šWe’ll dig into the self-defeating patterns that maintain your fear: Thinking social standards are more exacting than they really are, focusing on errors, severe self-evaluations, and avoidance habits.
  • šYou’ll learn that things really can be different.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn and desensitize with like-minded people who share your fear of public speaking.

The Desensitization Lab is a synchronous class using web conferencing (Zoom). Each session lasts 4 hours and we typically meet 4-hours each Saturday for 4 consecutive Saturdays. The exact dates and times are scheduled once enough people sign-up and a class officially forms. Each class typically is made up of 3-6 people. In the class, we talk about how anxiety has affected our lives, learn anxiety management techniques, and practice anxiety management techniques while speaking in front of the other LAB participants. The LAB includes 16-hours of face-to-face class on Zoom, a self-paced online course that provides the framework for the LAB, tons of additional information, successful exposure, opportunity to ask questions, and personalized help and coaching. The class fee can be paid online once the class is officially scheduled and before the class starts. 

The LAB is transformative and life-changing, and can help you advance your career, your relationships and your self-esteem. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.


next LAB sessions

  •  2021: 4 Saturdays Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

{ includes 16-hour LAB + self-paced online course }

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by CeciliaA on Desensitization LAB

The Lab was an invaluable experience for me. It was something I had been looking for over the past year. I am glad I found Dr. Mathews and was able to attend her Lab. She is very committed to the participants and their concerns, and provides very useful guidance. During the Lab I was able to practice impromptu speaking, and to learn how to organize my thoughts, and how to control my levels of anxiety when speaking. Also, I received valuable feedback not only from her but from other participants, and this has helped me to increase my self confidence, and to develop more positive thoughts about self. I recommend this Lab very highly as it offers ways to become calmer when speaking before other people, and to enjoy sharing with others without having fear or a feeling of panic.

by Chaz on Desensitization LAB

The desensitization labs have shifted my perspective and improved my confidence. I now look at myself, my thoughts, and my symptoms more objectively than before, and have a much clearer path forward. My confidence has increased, both from the lab exercises as well as from hearing the thoughts and feedback that others shared. The tools that I picked up during the sessions are things I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I highly recommend this course to anyone dealing with low confidence, panic, or anxiety as it relates to public speaking or performance.


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