CBT Therapy For Social Anxiety
What is social anxiety?
If you have a social anxiety (also known as social phobia or excessive shyness), it means that you have a persistent fear of social of situations in which you fear you’ll be judged negatively by others. People can feel anxious before social events, in social situations, or after the event. Social anxiety can be problematic in all social situations or could be very specific such as presentations or talking on the phone. Sometimes it's difficult talking in groups or for others it is talking with individual people.
How can CBT help with social anxiety?
If your social anxiety is excessive then it is likely to have developed in adolescence, so you may have grown up thinking that anxiety is a part of your personality and nothing can be done about it. However, the evidence for CBT is that social anxiety disorder is treatable with CBT. Whether your social anxiety was a recent onset or long term problem CBT is just as effective.
We all feel socially anxious at one time or another. CBT helps us to understanding how our fears of negative evaluation from others makes us feel anxious (in pre-event, in-event and post-event processing). From her we design your treatment plan to test out new skills and techniques to interrupt your self consciousness.
Are you struggling with social anxiety?
It’s time to get help when:
- You have frequent negative beliefs about yourself when you’re in social situations
- You experience anxiety in advance of social situations, and fear during the event in question
- You worry unduly about how you come across to other people
- You may avoid social situations entirely
- You have unrealistic expectations of how you should behave
- You are embarrassed about your physical symptoms of anxiety (blushing, stuttering etc.)
- You ruminate on past social interaction and think about how you could have done “better.”
CBT Therapy and social anxiety
The Royal College of Psychiatrists, NHS and NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) agree that CBT is the treatment of choice for social anxiety disorder.
By gently changing the way you think, behave and feel, you’ll learn to identify and manage the thoughts and feelings that are causing certain behaviours. Thanks to CBT, you can overcome the symptoms of social anxiety which will improve your quality of life.
How can I make an appointment?
We are a pure cognitive behavioural therapy with services across London, and the UK with a team of CBT BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapists. All accredited CBT therapists will be trained mental health professionals and competent in the diagnosis and treating social anxiety. So you can be assured that your health is in the hands of trusted healthcare professionals.