Social anxiety disorder

  • Do you have a fear of being judged by others?
  • Do you have a fear of social situations?
  • Do you feel powerless and alone?
  • Do you wish to find a way to cope with your fears and anxieties?
  • What is social anxiety disorder?

It is normal to feel nervous in some social situations, such as going on a first date. However, if you suffer from social anxiety disorder you can have an extreme fear of being in social situations. You also fear being judged in everyday social situations. This is not just shyness. You can experience fear, self-consciousness, and embarrassment by just being in a social situation.

But how can you know if you have social anxiety disorder? There are a number of indicators. Have you experienced your symptoms for over 6 months? Do you have a persistent fear of social situations? Do you try to avoid social situations? This could indicate that you have social anxiety disorder.

Therapy can give you the tools to cope with social anxiety disorder

I have treated anxiety disorders for over 10 years. I work with all age groups and people from different backgrounds. My approach is tailored to your needs and my aim is to help you cope with your social anxiety symptoms. I can help to free you from the symptoms of the disorder.

Why is my approach effective? I use an approach called cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a short-term goal oriented approach that aims to change your pattern of thinking and associated behaviors connected to those thoughts. Working together with you I look at the way your thoughts and attitudes that you have about different issues impact your behaviors. Once you understand the connection it becomes easier for you to cope with the anxiety symptoms.

I will also help you to examine the impact of negative thoughts on your ability to cope with stress. Negative thoughts usually originate in childhood as a result of the way that our family treated us.

Each session lasts for 50 minutes and we will meet once or twice a week depending on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing and your individual needs. In each session we will work together on understanding the impact of your thoughts on your behaviors. I will also give you homework assignments so you can continue to work on the exercises we used during the session. Remember that you can overcome your anxiety and find new ways to cope with your stress. Please call me at 646-7174860 for a free 30-minute consultation.