Social Anxiety Counseling
Are you nervous about meeting new people? Does speaking in public send your heart into a panicked frenzy? If so, you’re not alone. After all, roughly seven percent of all American adults struggle with social anxiety. We offer social anxiety therapy to anyone seeking to become more confident, relaxed, and comfortable in social situations.
While our office is beautiful inside and out, we understand social anxiety affects every part of life- even social anxiety therapy. With Telehealth, you can speak to professional therapists continents apart.
We arm you with skills and confidence to live your best life- especially in public! Our therapeutic experts have decades of combined experience and juggle Master’s Degrees between them. While professional, our team is nothing if not kind. Our extraordinary team has dedicated their lives to helping people reignite their inner spark and become more secure in social activities.
What Is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is the fear of being watched, humiliated, and judged by others. Social anxiety can be a chronic mental health condition and affect your relationships, daily routines, work, school, and other activities. Attending a party, introducing yourself in public, or being approached can trigger this anxious behavior. Symptoms may include sweating, uncontrollable thoughts, and an increased heart rate can all be symptoms of a socially anxious individual.
Not sure if you have social anxiety? If any of these situations cause unbearable stress and anxiety, you may be prone to social anxiety:
Meeting new people.
Going on dates.
Eating and drinking in public.
Participating in interviews.
Using public restrooms.
Performing in public.
Unfortunately, a few factors may contribute to one’s social anxiety. Adverse childhood experiences- such as bullying, teasing, or rejection- can often lead to social anxiety. Other factors such as family history, new social demands, or having a physical appearance that draws unwanted attention are also potential reasons. Social anxiety often starts in childhood or adolescence.
According to studies, roughly 15 million- or seven percent- of all American adults have a social anxiety disorder. Thankfully, social anxiety is a curable condition. Even the most anxious individual can become confident in social situations with proper care.
How Can Therapy Help With Social Anxiety?
EMDR therapy can help individuals with social anxiety by addressing the underlying causes of their symptoms. The therapy is designed to help individuals process and integrate traumatic experiences, negative beliefs, and other sources of emotional distress that contribute to social anxiety.
During EMDR therapy, individuals work with a trained therapist to explore their experiences, using bilateral stimulation to activate the brain’s natural processing abilities. This process helps individuals process and integrate their experiences, reducing the power of traumatic memories and negative beliefs, and promoting positive change and growth.
In the case of social anxiety, EMDR therapy can help individuals overcome the negative beliefs and traumatic experiences that contribute to their symptoms. This may include beliefs related to self-worth, shame, and past experiences of rejection or embarrassment. By processing and integrating these experiences, individuals can develop a more positive self-image, increased self-esteem, and reduced anxiety in social situations.
Overall, EMDR therapy can be a highly effective approach for individuals with social anxiety, promoting lasting change and improved quality of life. If you are seeking a holistic, trauma-focused approach to treating your social anxiety, EMDR therapy may be the right choice for you. It is important to speak with a qualified EMDR therapist to determine if this approach is appropriate for your individual needs and goals.