Social Phobia

Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is a mental health condition characterized by a substantial amount of fear in one or more social situations. It is incredibly common and perfectly normal to feel nervous when in certain social situations, such as giving a presentation or going on a first date. However, in order to qualify as social anxiety disorder, the fear of social situations impairs your ability function in at least some aspects of your daily life. Individuals suffering from social phobia are typically extremely worried about being evaluated or scrutinized by other people. Social anxiety disorder is more common in women than in men.  Symptoms may include, among other things, panic attacks, rapid heartbeat, sweating, muscle tension, blushing, stomach discomfort, lightheadedness, fear of situations in which you may be judged, excessive worrying about embarrassing yourself, or the fear of talking to strangers. If you think you may be dealing with a social phobia, a qualified professional therapist can help you identify the cause and help you develop ways to cope. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s social phobia experts today.

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Do you spend lots of time constructing text messages and emails, because you worry about what others will think? Or perhaps you worry about social interactions because you're still embarrassed about that thing you said or did 6 months ago. Social phobia, more commonly referred to as social anxiety, can make interacting feel dreadful. I've helped others just like you. Together, we can work to identify and restructure the beliefs you hold about yourself so you can stop avoiding people.

— Kinga Kasprzyk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Round Rock, TX
 

The defining feature of social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. People with social anxiety disorder may worry about acting or appearing visibly anxious (e.g., blushing, stumbling over words), or being viewed as stupid, awkward, or boring. As a result, they often avoid social or performance situations. We offer effective treatment for social anxiety.

— Theresa Chiu, Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

Whether it is a social anxiety, specific phobias, or introversion that is keeping you from engaging with the world around you, there are safe and effective ways to expand your social environment. Working to find the courage, or even just the logistics, to go to a party, a gathering, or a busy restaurant takes changing the way we look at the world around us and how we look at ourselves. These are the things I focus on and the things you can learn to do.

— Doc Davis, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Experienced with working with inviduals who struggle with social anxiety and/or phobia. I am Certified Clinical Trauma Professional specializing in TF-CBT & EMDR , CBT, DBT, & and more.

— Jennifer Hillier, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

My interest in social phobia has started because I myself struggled in the past with it, and I realized that I can learn specific tools to be able to improve my situation, strengthen my resilience & self-belief. I present these tools regularly to my groups and to my clients. I know from first-hand experience and also the experience of my clients that they work. I had been running support groups and workshops on a twice weekly basis for those with social phobia.

— Leon Tsao, Mental Health Counselor
 

Watch videos where I talk about how to overcome all kinds of social anxiety: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnbCIpMq4UH4T7V7RRKVuZQ

— Thomas Smithyman - Online Social Anxiety Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

Another area of expertise for me is helping people overcome social anxiety, shyness, and gaining assertiveness and social/interpersonal confidence and skills.

— Carrie Dodrill, Psychologist in Houston, TX
 

If you feel awkward and shut down in social settings, let’s unearth the reasons why and help build a new foundation of self-acceptance, self-compassion, and authenticity around others.

— Michele Goldberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Extensive reading in this area, and treatment for social anxiety has been my primary specialization throughout my years of practice.

— Moira Ryan, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Social Phobia is just a fancy name for Social Anxiety. We'll discuss your triggers and identify sources for low self-esteem and fear of judgment. We'll work on creating increased confidence and communication skills so you'll fee better prepared in social situation of all sizes.

— Courtney Latham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

Social anxiety disorder or social phobia is a condition causing intense, and irrational fear of being watched and judged by others. This irrational fear may affect important aspects of the persons life by causing everyday social interactions to feel unbearable or uncomfortable. It is exhausting for the sufferer. I have treated social anxiety through the use of exposure and response prevention, cognitive restructuring, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy.

— Sarah Glidden, Counselor in ,
 

Experienced with working with inviduals who struggle with social anxiety and/or phobia. I am Certified Clinical Trauma Professional specializing in TF-CBT & EMDR , CBT, DBT, & and more.

— Jennifer Hillier, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

If your fear of rejection or embarrassment is holding you back from having the social life you want, I can help you find the courage to connect with others and learn the tools to take your life back.

— Kristel Roper, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA
 

Do you spend lots of time constructing text messages and emails, because you worry about what others will think? Or perhaps you worry about social interactions because you're still embarrassed about that thing you said or did 6 months ago. Social phobia, more commonly referred to as social anxiety, can make interacting feel dreadful. I've helped others just like you. Together, we can work to identify and restructure the beliefs you hold about yourself so you can stop avoiding people.

— Kinga Kasprzyk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Round Rock, TX