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.

Meet the specialists

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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