People with Social Anxiety are concerned that they will be judged negatively for their actions, generally, or their anxiety symptoms. They may avoid social settings, or they may endure some or all interpersonal situations with intense anxiety.
Some people are only anxious when it comes to public speaking. Others fear judgment in the workplace or small talk with people they don’t know well. Some people are triggered by eating in front of others. The main difference between those with Social anxiety Disorder and those who have general concerns or nerves about social situations, is that the anxiety and concerns causes marked distress or impairment.
TREATMENT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for Social Anxiety. At the beginning of CBT, people learn how anxiety works so they can target the behaviors that maintain it. These reinforcers, also known as Safety Behaviors, are actions that people take in order to reduce their fear. These behaviors can interfere with. a person’s life and reinforce the importance of the thoughts that spurred them on.
The treatment breaks down into two parts. First, in cognitive therapy people consider their thoughts so they can decide how much they should influence their decision making. People learn about common thought errors so that they can be more aware of suspicious thoughts. People also reevaluate their thoughts from different viewpoints and then make choices based on rationality, reason and personal values. In the behavioral part of therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), people face their fears without doing safety behaviors. For example, someone might have a conversation with someone at a party and drop rumination about what that person thought of them.
Mindfulness can also play a role in treatment. Seeing thoughts and feelings non-judgmentally can be so helpful for those who tend to resist their thoughts and feelings.
INTERESTED IN TREATMENT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY?
Are you or a loved one struggling with a Social Anxiety and looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support those with Social Anxiety. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.
Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in
several states. Learn more about where
Lauren sees Clients, below.
When she is doing work face to face, Lauren offers in person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides online treatment for Social Anxiety throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.
Lauren provides therapy for Social Anxiety in the state of Utah. Since she offers online treatment, she works with people who live all across the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.
Lauren also offers treatment for Social Anxiety online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.
Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized treatment for Social Anxiety online across the Grand Canyon State.
Along with her work in the United States, Lauren offers teletherapy for Social Anxiety to a number of countries internationally.
Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy will meet for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.
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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information