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Begin Your Recovery – Attend a Workshop!

A workshop is a safe, structured program to help you begin to recover from paruresis. Much of what happens involves relearning how to urinate in the presence of others. Find your workshop here.

Many people report that they were nervous before the workshop and quite reluctant to sign up, but after the first few hours wondered why they hadn’t sought help for their paruresis earlier. The fearful feelings are normal, so don’t worry too much about them, just bring them with you to the workshop and anticipate meeting a group of people just like yourself. You’ll feel at ease right away.  [Virtual Workshops are one day events through Zoom that use an abbreviated version of the following agenda.]

At the beginning of each workshop (Friday night), participants share, often for the first time, their stories of what it has been like living with paruresis. This usually proves to be a very cathartic experience, as people realize that they are not the only person in the world who suffers from this anxiety disorder.

The sessions on Saturday and Sunday involve three things:

  1. Information sharing by the workshop facilitator and sometimes an assistant;
  2. Practice sessions involving graduated exposure exercises, usually with one or two other people (people always practice at a level that feels comfortable and that will ensure success); and
  3. Group sharing about what the practice experience was like. For more information about graduated exposure and what that entails, see our Overview of Bashful Bladder page.

A typical workshop schedule:

Friday 7 pm - 10 pm
  • Introductions
  • Sharing Our Stories
  • Workshop Overview
  • Constructing Behavioral Hierarchies
  • Thinking and Feeling Inside the Black Box
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Historical Overview of Paruresis
  • Behavioral (graduated exposure) approach to treating paruresis
  • Setting up the Buddy System
  • Graduated exposure exercises: Rounds 1-4
  • Debriefing
  • Questions and Answers
  • The International Paruresis Association
Sunday 9 am – 2 pm
  • Questions and Answers
  • Graduated exposure exercises: Rounds 5-7
  • Where do you Go from here?
  • Wrap up and Evaluation
P.O. Box 21237
Catonsville, MD 21228

You Are Not Alone.
There Is Help For You!

Shy Bladder, Bashful Bladder, Pee Shy


Tuesday - Friday
1:00pm - 5:00pm (EST)

800-247-3864 Toll free US/Canada
443-315-5250 Office
443-315-5251 Fax

Email: getinfo@paruresis.org

This website is NOT a substitute for medical or legal advice and does not constitute the practice of law, medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, or any other mental health profession. If you are having trouble urinating, you should always contact a physician since difficulty with voiding can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. We are a group of professional people and people who have suffered with paruresis. We have assembled a board and a board of advisors to help people cope with urinary dysfunction that has a psychological or social origin. On this website, we are NOT practicing medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession. You should have your doctor evaluate your condition before diagnosing yourself, and seek the appropriate necessary mental health counseling if warranted. IPA, Inc. disclaims any and all legal liability whatsoever.

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