Do you worry that others are judging you? Are you anxious in public settings, such as meeting new people, socializing at events, public speaking, interacting with work colleagues and managers, or even asking for help? Do you back out of social events because you are just too anxious even thinking about attending?
If this sounds like you, it’s likely that you have social anxiety. But don’t let that statement stress you out any further! Therapy can help you meet these anxious feelings head on and learn how to identify and address your triggers.
What Is Social Anxiety
Social anxiety disorder is an intense and persistent fear of being watched and judged by others in social situations. It is more than just being shy; it is a strong, irrational fear of being evaluated and/or rejected. While many people may be nervous or uncomfortable in social situations, they can handle it and get through it. Those with social anxiety, however, may avoid these situations completely because they are just too uncomfortable. For these people, social anxiety can be paralyzing, impacting the ability to enjoy life and career advancement.
Although everyone’s triggers are different, here are some common situations persons with social anxiety have trouble dealing with:
• Talking to strangers
• Going to a party
• Being the center of attention
• Job interviews
• Speaking on the phone
• Speaking to supervisors
• Public speaking
• Entering a room
• Making eye contact
• Starting conversations
• Eating in front of someone
Signs You are Suffering from Social Anxiety
If you have social anxiety you may:
• Feel uncomfortable being watched by others
• Think others are watching and judging you
• Fear acting in a way that others will perceive as embarrassing
• Avoid eye contact
You may also experience physical symptoms, such as:
• Rapid heartbeat
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Stomach issues
• An “out of body” experience
Therapy for Social Anxiety
If your anxiousness around social interactions is preventing you from doing the activities you want or need to do, therapy may help. Behavioral therapy can assist in identifying your triggers, provide exercises that can help you face your fears, and arm you with the skills you need to cope with your symptoms.
I will help you uncover and address the causes of your social anxiety and teach you techniques for more effective ways of thinking. Over time, you will be able to handle the anxiety, reducing your urge to avoid social events and interactions, and instead effectively partake in them.
What to expect during your therapy / counseling session
During our sessions, you can expect to find an experienced, certified and well trained therapist who will provide a supportive and safe setting. At a pace that is comfortable for you, we will explore together your particular issues of social anxiety. All sessions are absolutely confidential.
Call or email me to learn more about social anxiety services or to schedule an appointment.