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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I specialize in supporting those who have social anxiety or severely socially anxious symptoms.

— Jessica Simmons, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

Struggling with anxiety related to social interactions can be so hard and very debilitating. But it is extremely treatable! I utilized exposure response prevention alongside dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to assist clients in being able to feel more peace interacting with others.

— Brooke Zuzow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Chester, OH

Social interactions and performance situations can feel like landmines for disaster. The social anxiety "monster" tells you everything that is wrong with you and ruins your confidence. I can help you to feel more empowered in these situations. I help people to take the weight out of the anxiety by using research-supported strategies to enable them to dismantle negative internalized beliefs.

— Calvin Fitch, Psychologist in Boston, MA
 

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 C., Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

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
 

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 Fair Oaks, CA

Social anxiety can make any everyday situation a painful experience. Overthinking your anxiety likely furthers your anxiety, resulting in an endless cycle of escalating panic. However, therapy has shown to be effective when treating social anxiety. Using therapeutic exercises and modern research we will help stop the cycle of anxiety and help you feel better and confident around others.

— Camden Baucke, Counselor in Ann Arbor, MI
 

Person suffering from social anxiety , has problem in socializing with people , it's really difficult to stand in front of them , Infront of people , a person suffering from it has phobia of people

— Khadeeja Malik, Clinical Psychologist in Rawalpindi, MA

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
 

Social Phobia also known as excessive shyness is basically a fear of being judged negatively by others. It is one of the more common anxiety disorders and is also very painful as it can significantly impact a person's social life. I have extensive experience treating this disorder and use a cognitive behavioral approach to challenge the negative thoughts that plagues a person with this disorder. Together, we will develop a plan to begin engaging more actively in your social life.

— Margaret Mccall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbus, GA

I use cognitive behavioral therapy combined with exposure therapy to treat clients who struggle with social anxiety. The primary goal of therapy is to help the client identify core beliefs and values which sustains his or her experiences with social phobia. Afterwards the client is then assisted in the adoption of healthier and reality based core beliefs which reinforce feelings and attitudes of assertiveness and confidence in social situations.

— Ugo Uche, Counselor in Tucson, AZ
 

As someone who has personally experienced, and overcome social phobia, I am familiar with the hardships, as well as what works in treating this condition. I use cognitive behavioral therapy and schema therapy to address unhealthy beliefs and thought patterns that may be impacting your ability to be your best self socially.

— Shannon Atherton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Springfield, MO

Social anxiety has a large overlap with my specialty area of treating selective mutism.

— Dr. Alicia Goodman, Clinical Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ
 

As an expert in the gold-standard evidenced-based treatment Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), our sessions will help you reduce avoidance behaviors so that you can move towards goals that matter to you.

— Tamara Miller, Clinical Psychologist in Brookline, MA