Social Anxiety Disorder Counseling
All humans are wired to seek Belonging in the greater group context.
But what happens when we often feel ostracized or judged by the group? We go internal & seek isolation as a refuge.
Learning how to tolerate the discomfort of social anxiety while still pursuing social experiences is a skill set that can be taught. Through experience & mindfulness training, one can train the brain to feel more at ease in these social settings.
While it is normal to feel nervous in some social situations, people who experience daily social anxiety tend to avoid everyday interactions that cause them significant fear, anxiety, self-consciousness, and embarrassment because they fear being scrutinized or judged by others.
People with Social Anxiety Disorder often experience significant distress in the following situations:
- Being teased or criticized
- Being the center of attention
- Being watched or observed while completing a task
- Having to say something in a formal, public setting
- Meeting people in authority, such as important people or authority figures
- Feeling insecure and out of place in social situations
- Embarrassing easily
- Meeting other people’s eyes
Social anxiety disorder is a chronic mental health condition. Learning coping skills in therapy sessions can help you gain the confidence you need to improve your ability to interact with others.
If you feel you may have a social anxiety disorder, I encourage you to contact me today for a free consultation.