Social Anxiety Counseling and Therapy

It’s okay to need help, when you’re ready, I’d be happy to take this journey alongside you.

What is Social Anxiety?

Social Anxiety Disorder sometimes referred to as social phobia, is an intense, persistent fear of being watched, judged by others, embarrassed, or humiliated. Roughly 7% of the population is afflicted by this condition and nearly 13%  of people will experience the disorder during their life.

Even if your social skills are second to none, all of us experience some level of anxiety navigating different events in our lives. Anxiety disorder distinguishes itself by the intensity of the emotion. People with the disorder experience so much fear or anxiety that they begin to retreat or disengage from everyday social situations. As a result, their fears make it increasingly difficult to go to a party, attend class, hang out with friends, go to work, or even go to the grocery store.

This is not the only type of anxiety. For some people, the anxiety is not related to social situations, but more related to the performance of tasks. For them, the physical symptoms of anxiety manifest when playing sports, public speaking, dancing, etc.

The good news is that there are effective treatments are available through behavioral therapy or different types of medications.

Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Signs and Symptoms for identifying Social Anxiety Disorder

For people with social anxiety disorder, in social situations it can be common for them to exhibit or experience the following:

Blushing

Sweating

Trembling and/or rapid heart rate

Find it very difficult, or feel fear of being around other people, particularly strangers

Feeling nauseated

Very self-conscious, embarrassed, or awkward

General avoidance of places where there are other people

Little eye contact, a rigid body posture, speaking very quietly

Benefits of Therapy for Social Anxiety

The key indicator of Social Anxiety Disorder is experiencing intense fear or anxiety disproportionate to the social situation, that can’t be explained by a medical condition or medication. A doctor or therapist can help determine whether you have this condition as well as provide treatment.

During our therapy sessions, we’ll provide a safe space where we can explore not only your anxiety, but the fears, thoughts, and feelings that are present alongside it. You’ll learn important coping skills and techniques to help manage your anxiety. Our goal is to improve your quality of life by making your feelings of anxiety more manageable so so that you can reengage in your daily activities.

Unlike medications, evidence shows the work you do with a professional therapist has been shown to have lasting effects even after treatment has stopped. This is not to say that medication is not right for you. However, the work in our therapy sessions will provide you with the tools to manage the symptoms of anxiety long term.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray

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I’ll help you learn to manage and potentially overcome your anxiety and make lasting changes that will help you improve your life. This condition does not need to define you and your relationships. The road to recovery is not easy, but it’s certainly worth it, let’s get started.