Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety Via Combining Psychotherapies With Speech Instruction

This study explores the effectiveness of reducing college students’ public speaking anxiety by combining advanced psychotherapies with skill-training-based speech instruction. Three prevalent psychotherapies are applied into public speaking class: acceptance and commitment therapy, exposure therapy and abdominal breathing and muscle relaxation method. Students’ anxiety level is recorded and compared before and after psychotherapy interference. The author suggests results prove that students’ speaking anxiety is reduced dramatically after this combined instruction which is then considered an effective way of reducing college students’ English public speaking anxiety.

Chen, L. h. (2016). Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety Via Combining Psychotherapies With Speech Instruction. Cross-Cultural Communication, 12, 22-26. DOI:

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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