Therapy for Social Anxiety

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Do you fear being criticized or judged by others?
Do feel anxious when being observed?
Do you find yourself constantly focused on and imagining what others are thinking about you?

Social anxiety has a few important characteristics:

  • Shame:
    • "I'm socially inept"
    • "I'm so awkward"
    • "There's something wrong with me" 

  • Overestimating social threats:
    • "They will all be focused on me and negatively judging me"
    • "I'll be laughed at"
    • "They'll think something is wrong with me or that I'm crazy"

  • Underestimating ability to cope:
    • "I won't be able to handle it"
    • "I don't know what to do"
    • "I'll lose control and go crazy"

  • Underestimating social skills:
    • "I don't know how to break into group conversations"
    • "I'm not sure how long to hold eye contact"
    • "I don't know how to stand up for myself"

  • Avoidance and safety behaviors:
    • "I'll just rush through the conversation and get it over with as soon as possible"
    • "I'll just say something came up and stay home and watch movies instead"
    • "I'll only go if John goes. He'll take the attention off of me"
Take back control from anxiety:

I provide confidential and practical therapy using CBT. Many clients suffering from anxiety notice a considerable difference in just a few sessions.

I help alleviate anxiety by assisting clients:

  • Uncover and change behaviors that keep us hooked in the vicious cycle of anxiety.
  • Discover new ways to respond to anxiety provoking thoughts and start building new helpful thought patterns.
  • Build confidence in themselves, their social skills, and their ability to handle uncomfortable and challenging social interactions.

Common Concerns
Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is very effective. Though I can never guarantee an outcome, there is a high probability that you will benefit from therapy. Things that can help make therapy successful: Express any concern or hesitancy that you may have at the beginning of therapy Be honest about your current challenges and the goals you have for therapy If there's something particularly helpful or unhelpful that I'm doing, let me know
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    Do you fear being criticized or judged by others?
    Do feel anxious when being observed?
    Do you find yourself constantly focused on and imagining what others are thinking about you?

    Social anxiety has a few important characteristics:

    • Shame:
      • "I'm socially inept"
      • "I'm so awkward"
      • "There's something wrong with me" 

    • Overestimating social threats:
      • "They will all be focused on me and negatively judging me"
      • "I'll be laughed at"
      • "They'll think something is wrong with me or that I'm crazy"

    • Underestimating ability to cope:
      • "I won't be able to handle it"
      • "I don't know what to do"
      • "I'll lose control and go crazy"

    • Underestimating social skills:
      • "I don't know how to break into group conversations"
      • "I'm not sure how long to hold eye contact"
      • "I don't know how to stand up for myself"

    • Avoidance and safety behaviors:
      • "I'll just rush through the conversation and get it over with as soon as possible"
      • "I'll just say something came up and stay home and watch movies instead"
      • "I'll only go if John goes. He'll take the attention off of me"
    Take back control from anxiety:

    I provide confidential and practical therapy using CBT. Many clients suffering from anxiety notice a considerable difference in just a few sessions.

    I help alleviate anxiety by assisting clients:

    • Uncover and change behaviors that keep us hooked in the vicious cycle of anxiety.
    • Discover new ways to respond to anxiety provoking thoughts and start building new helpful thought patterns.
    • Build confidence in themselves, their social skills, and their ability to handle uncomfortable and challenging social interactions.