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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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

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
 

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

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 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
 

I am passionate about the treatment of social anxiety disorder. Many people and therapists alike are unfamiliar with this disorder even though roughly 15 million Americans struggle with this condition! The mission of my private practice, Emerge Counseling Solutions, LLC is to empower individuals to emerge from fear and isolation into the fullness of human connection. I apply a multi-layered treatment utilizing CBT, assertiveness training, and exposure-based activities.

— Liz Overpeck, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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
 

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

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

A sense of fear, embarrassment, or preoccupation while in social situations. Social phobia, or social anxiety, can lead to physical symptoms of anxiety and a sense of not being able to think clearly, for fear of being judged, ridiculed, or embarrassing yourself around other people. Through building a resilient sense of self and understanding where critical messages that you tell yourself are coming from, while building tools to manage the symptoms of anxiety, you can find relief.

— Amanda Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
 

Since 2011, I have been working with individuals who struggle with connecting with others socially. I offer psycho education on how anxiety works, and support clients in processing the root behind their fear of judgement of fear of disapproval. I support the patient in exploring ways they can booster their self esteem and confidence so they can feel more comfortable in social situations if possible.

— Journey Group Therapy, Counselor

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

— Jordan Wolan, Hypnotherapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Since 2011, I have been working with individuals who struggle with connecting with others socially. I offer psycho education on how anxiety works, and support clients in processing the root behind their fear of judgement of fear of disapproval. I support the patient in exploring ways they can booster their self esteem and confidence so they can feel more comfortable in social situations if possible.

— Journey Group Therapy, Counselor