Social anxiety is the fear of being judged negatively by others.
You might feel inferior, inadequate, self-conscious, or embarrassed.
Do you spend a lot of time analyzing how you performed in your interactions after a social situation? Do you focus on all of the mistakes you may have made?
You may experience emotional distress in most or all social situations. You might feel anxious when you're introduced to new people, at parties or gatherings, or when have to talk in meetings. You may even feel panic.
Maybe you're worried others will notice you looking anxious?
It's hard not to imagine the worst outcomes and want to avoid social situations.
Social anxiety can be successfully treated. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most proven method for effectively treating social anxiety in a time-limited way. CBT includes techniques such as exposure therapy, cognitive restructuring, and social skills training that guide you to challenge and question your own negative thinking.
Mindfulness training, such as breathing or grounding techniques, can also help with the physical symptoms of social anxiety, like blushing, fast heart rate, trouble catching your breath, or your mind "going blank".
At the end of treatment, clients I've worked with have experienced a huge reduction or disappearance of social anxiety symptoms after practicing CBT and Mindfulness techniques both in session and as homework. They've reported feeling a new sense of ease and comfort when connecting with others. Most experience an increase in confidence and freedom out in the world. They are no longer caught in the 'anxiety loop'.