Social Anxiety Treatment
Social anxiety, also called social phobia, is one type of anxiety that is characterized by fearfulness in social situations. Some symptoms of social anxiety include extreme shyness, embarrassment or blushing if you have to speak in front of others, fear that others will notice you are nervous, having a shaky voice or trembling hands in front of others, dizziness, sweating, and feeling faint. Sometimes this level of social anxiety can cause you to avoid social situations or public speaking, to use drugs or alcohol “to relax or get courage” before socializing, or never go anywhere unless you have a friend to go with you
Social Anxiety Therapy at The Mindfulness Clinic
At our clinic you have the option of both individual therapy and group therapy for social anxiety problems. Our group program for social anxiety is a 12-session program that uses mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches to teach you skills to have more confidence in social situations. The program involves 2 individual sessions and 10 group sessions, and we offer it several times throughout the year. By the end of the group you will be more relaxed and confident in social settings. Also, you will be able to do the things that social anxiety now prevents you from doing. We are very fortunate to be able to offer this program with its developers as the group facilitators—Dr. Nancy Kocovski and Dr. Jan Fleming. They are the authors of The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety & Shyness.
- extreme shyness
- embarrassment or blushing when you have to speak in front of others
- having a trembling voice or shaky hands in front of others
- fear that others will notice you are nervous
- you feel dizzy, faint, or sweat profusely in front of others
- you avoid parties or social gatherings because of anxiety
- you turn down a job opportunity or stop going to classes
- you use alcohol or drugs to get enough ‘courage’ to go out
- you can only do social things if a friend goes with you
No matter what type of anxiety you are dealing with, we can help. Both individual and group therapy offer practical, long-lasting solutions for reducing and dealing with your anxiety. If you call us, we can help you find the right therapist or group program to help you worry less and live the life you want.
A 10 week program to help with social anxiety
Taught by authors of The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety & Shyness, this program will help you be more relaxed in social settings and have the tools to socialize with others more effectively