Storytelling workshop aims to ease social anxiety

Two friends start group in their basement to help sufferers

Toronto hypnotherapist Allen Clews tells healing stories to help people open up about their experiences. From left, Raj Seshardin, Allen Clews, Harry Briggs.
Toronto hypnotherapist Allen Clews tells healing stories to help people open up about their experiences. From left, Raj Seshardin, Allen Clews, Harry Briggs. (Denice Raagas/Toronto Observer)

More than 12 per cent of Canadians suffer from social anxiety. Their workshop, Toronto’s Mindful Artists and Storytellers, is held in a basement on Broadview Avenue.

The setting of the workshop is in a room filled with artwork with  Christmas lights to simulate people sitting around a bonfire. This is the place where they explore the different corners of the mind, through mindfulness and storytelling.

Toronto Observer’s Denice Raagas has the story.