Social Anxiety Therapy & Counselling
Social Anxiety is what you experience when you worry about other people (your social group) making a negative judgement about you, or scrutinising you for some action that you have carried out.
It is also symptomatic of the social pressure you may feel in meeting the expectations of your socio-cultural environment.
It is the MOST COMMON form of anxiety experienced by people, and although most sufferers recognise that it is irrational and disproportionate to the given situation, it tends to be quite difficult to overcome by will power alone!
Social Anxiety generally develops in the earlier stages in a persons life with research showing that 50% of all sufferers have the condition by just 11 years of age, and 80% of sufferers developing it by the age of 20.
It is also known by a number of different names including:
- Social Phobia
- S.A.D. (NOT seasonal affective disorder by the way)
- Fear of Being Judged
Take Our Social Anxiety Test
Why not take our social anxiety test which measures the degree of anxiety you may be experiencing.
Social Anxiety Symptoms & Behaviours
The most frequent symptoms and behaviours include:
- Feeling like you are constantly being evaluated by others.
- Sticking to the “rules.”
- Feeling awkward in social situations.
- Frequently blushing.
- Avoiding eye-to-eye contact with others.
- Worrying about those in positions of authority.
- Fearing criticism.
You may also have other symptoms not listed here but in general terms, symptoms are almost always related to the idea of negative social judgement.
What Causes Social Anxiety?
Human beings are social animals.
Unless we grow up in total isolation from other human beings, our lives are experienced within a social setting.
In order for us to successfully navigate these social settings and fit in with the other people around us, we must learn to live by the social rules and regulations that allow us to be members of that particular society.
These social rules and regulations are ‘given’ to us by our parents, our schools and the institutions which govern our day-to-day lives.
Consequently, the social rules that many of us live our lives by are those rules made up by other members of society and not of our own making.
We experience social anxiety when we fear that we have broken one of these rules, regardless of whether or not those rules actually make any sense in a real world context.
Therapy & Counselling for Social Anxiety
We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for social anxiety and anxiety-related problems.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had the problem.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your problem is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for social anxiety on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Social Anxiety
- The CORE programme for Social Anxiety
- Counselling for Social Anxiety
- Hypnotherapy for Social Anxiety
Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.