This site was written to fulfill a promise: If I ever figured out how to overcome anxiety, I would show others how to do the same. This information is as detailed and accurate as I can make it. It is completely free. It is as close as possible to the information I give my own patients when treating social anxiety. The techniques are also very similar the ones I use to treat generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.


-Lindsay Kiriakos MD

About The Author - Lindsay Kiriakos MD

Dr. Lindsay Kiriakos completed both a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Biology and a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Psychology during his four years at Stanford University. Dr. Kiriakos then earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his four years of residency in adult psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Dr. Lindsay Kiriakos subsequently served as a clinical instructor at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic and at the UCLA Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinic. Dr. Kiriakos is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy and also in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (by Aaron Beck MD, the founder of this form of therapy) and has used these modalities to overcome generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder himself. 

As of 2022, Dr. Lindsay Kiriakos has been in private practice in Los Angeles for 18 years, and he has conducted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Assertiveness Training (i.e. the techniques found on this website) in one-on-one treatment with over 1000 patients. More complete versions of Dr. Kiriakos’ resume can be found at www.LApsychiatrist.com and www.AnxietyMD.com.

Levels of Evidence

As much as possible, Lindsay Kiriakos MD teaches evidence-based techniques on this website (i.e. techniques that have multiple experimental studies behind them). In terms of evidence, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (which consists of Relaxation TrainingCognitive Therapy, and Gradual Exposures) is the most experimentally-validated form of therapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders. There are literally hundreds of randomized controlled trials demonstrating its effectiveness. Assertiveness Training has many studies to support it as well; in particular, in relieving anger and improving subjective well-being. 

How to Use This Site

This website describes the exact same techniques that Dr. Kiriakos teaches his patients. Try each technique once. If you like it, keep using it. If it doesn’t help, then move on to the next one. After trying all of the techniques, you should find at least three or four that work well for you.

Generally speaking, the techniques that appeals to you the most are the ones that you should start with. Also, the techniques that works the best for you the first time you try them will usually end up being the best for you.