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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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
 

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

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 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

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

Not only am I experienced in working with social phobias, I am also trained and experienced in working with other phobias as well. Similarly to OCD, exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the most effective form of therapy when treating any sort of phobia.

— Emily Vinych, Counselor in Lakewood, CO
 

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.

— Lucia Wallis Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Princeton, NJ

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
 

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

I completed a 9-month internship at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where I worked in their Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders. In this role I completed training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention, which is a powerful-evidence-based therapy for OCD, anxiety, and more.

— Noelle Chandler, Mental Health Counselor in Creve Coeur, MO
 

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 anxiety is a disorder that causes intense anxiety or nervousness when faced with social situations. If this sounds like you, you can live the life you want by learning how to control your social anxiety. I use CBT Techniques, situational exposure, and personal coaching to help clients live the life they want. Start thinking about all the places you would go and things you would do if social phobia was not part of your life. We will get you to that ideal place, together.

— Natasha Fortune, Counselor in Long Island City, 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

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 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.

— Lucia Wallis Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Princeton, NJ

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 Dexter, MI
 

Phobias include fear of flying, needles, dental work, driving, animals, insects, and more.

— Jordan Wolan, Hypnotherapist in Los Angeles, CA