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Do you experience anxiety when in social situations? Are you worried what others may be thinking about you? Have you stopped going to events or social situations that you would like to attend due to your worries? Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach for Social Anxiety supports you to rebuild your confidence and to thrive in social interactions.
What is Social Anxiety Disorder?
Most people feel nervous or uncomfortable in social situations from time to time. It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious about meeting new people, going on a first date, or giving a presentation at work. But for some people, these feelings are more than just an occasional inconvenience. They may be signs of social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia.
SAD is a type of anxiety disorder that causes intense fear and worry in social situations. People with SAD often avoid social situations altogether, or they may endure them with great discomfort. They may worry for days or weeks before an event, and they may experience physical symptoms such as sweating, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing during the event.
What are the symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder?
SAD can generate a mixture of different symptoms that range from mild to severe. If you have SAD, you may feel:
⦿ Like you’re being judged by others, or that you’re not good enough.
⦿ That you’ll embarrass yourself or say something stupid.
These fears can make it hard to interact with other people, which can impact your work, school, and personal relationships.
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Miss. Laura Gwilt
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Laura specialises in helping those with emotional and behavioural challenges
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What does therapy involve for Social Anxiety Disorder?
If you’re struggling with social anxiety, know that you’re not alone. Many people struggle with this common anxiety disorder. The good news is there are things you can do to ease your symptoms. One effective treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sometimes referred to as CBT.
CBT can help you learn to manage your anxiety and cope with situations that trigger your symptoms. It’s a process of learning new skills and changing the way you think about and respond to situations that make you anxious.
If you’re considering CBT for social anxiety, here are a few skills you may learn:
⦿ Identifying and challenging negative thinking: A big part of social anxiety is negative thinking. You may worry about what others think of you or that you’ll say something embarrassing. CBT can help you identify these negative thoughts and challenge them.
⦿ Exposure therapy: This involves gradually exposing yourself to situations that make you anxious. This can help you learn to manage your anxiety in real-world situations.
⦿ Relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques can help reduce your overall anxiety levels and make it easier to manage your symptoms when they do occur.
⦿ Social skills training: This can help you learn how to interact with others in social situations, in a way that doesn’t maintain your symptoms going forward.
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