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

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

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

The defining feature of social anxiety, also called social phobia, is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. Our approach to treatment utilizes CBT with graded exposure therapy techniques while also incorporating mindfulness practices (such as guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation) to help individuals cope with triggering situations and thoughts.

— Shannon Renzulli, Psychotherapist in , CT
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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