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 C., Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

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

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 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

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

I use cognitive behavioral therapy combined with exposure therapy to treat clients who struggle with social anxiety. The primary goal of therapy is to help the client identify core beliefs and values which sustains his or her experiences with social phobia. Afterwards the client is then assisted in the adoption of healthier and reality based core beliefs which reinforce feelings and attitudes of assertiveness and confidence in social situations.

— Ugo Uche, Counselor in Tucson, AZ

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

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 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

Social Phobia also known as excessive shyness is basically a fear of being judged negatively by others. It is one of the more common anxiety disorders and is also very painful as it can significantly impact a person's social life. I have extensive experience treating this disorder and use a cognitive behavioral approach to challenge the negative thoughts that plagues a person with this disorder. Together, we will develop a plan to begin engaging more actively in your social life.

— Margaret Mccall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbus, GA

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