Social anxiety Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) counselling treatment can help you cope better with social situations
Overcoming social anxiety and excessive shyness isn’t easy but it is possible with the right kind of help. One of the main hurdles is taking that first step, so contact us now and we will begin tailoring our ‘enhanced’ cognitive behavioural therapy’ (CBT) for social anxiety around your specific needs. We are not going to judge you because we know how awful and difficult this problem can be. Social anxiety can be changed. It’s not an intrinsic part of who you are. We’re here to help you feel more comfortable and confident. The therapy we offer is ‘enhanced’ with the latest developments in social anxiety research and therapy methods.
What is social anxiety?
There are often four main worries for people who experience social anxiety:
- Worries about appearing anxious. “I’ll look shaky.” “I’ll blush or sweat.” “I’ll look anxious.”
- Worries about your appearance: “People will think I look strange.” “They will notice my hair is horrible.” “They will see that my lip is trembling and my neck is red.”
- Worries about your character: “People will think I’m stupid.” “They’ll find out I’m incompetent”, “People will think I’m weird.”
- Worries about your social skills: “I won’t know what to say, so people will think I’m odd”
The signs of social anxiety vary greatly from person to person.
Common symptoms include: worrying about others thinking negatively about you, overthinking about other people being upset with you and judging you, excessive worries about past or future mistakes.
Physical symptoms of anxiety such as sweating, nervousness, body awkwardness and blushing appearing during social encounters plus fear of embarrassment, leading to further anxiety.
Behaviours include: avoidance of social situations where you might feel very self-conscious and awkward. Avoiding conversations and expressing your opinion. Overly submissive behaviours and people pleasing.
Social anxiety can make you feel isolated and unable to meet new friends or a partner.
How common is social anxiety?
Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is one of the most common types of anxiety problems with lifetime prevalence rates of 7% to 12%. Because of the nature of this problem, many people suffering with social anxiety avoid seeking help (Keller, 2003) and the people who seek help often delay at least 10 years before doing so.
Only a small percentage of people will overcome social anxiety on their own. Without therapy, the research suggests that the average duration of social anxiety is around 25 years! (de Wit et al, 1999). This represents a lot of unnecessary suffering, unhappiness and life ruining restrictions. So, please get in touch with us now.
Will social anxiety therapy help me?
The evidence suggests that people who complete cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment can show significant long-term benefits. However, many people will drop-out of therapy prematurely; therefore, may not benefit completely. There are also very high relapse rates following therapy. This is partly because about 50% of people with social anxiety also have other significant issues such as low mood, depression, substance misuse, other anxiety issues, panic and traumatic experiences that are not properly addressed (McEvoy, 2015).
At Possibilities, in order to address the complexities and associated problems, and counter-act the unusually high rates of therapy drop-out and post-therapy relapse, instead of traditional CBT, we offer ‘enhanced CBT’ which helps you stay the course, build your confidence and benefit more from therapy.
With our ‘enhanced’ CBT for social anxiety techniques and methods, you’ll discover how to manage your thoughts, emotions and behaviours and how to increase your confidence.
We appreciate that taking the first step toward coming to therapy provokes lots of anxious thoughts and feelings. Contact Possibilities now to arrange the initial consultation or get someone to contact us on your behalf.
Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ session to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we help and for if this is the right direction for you.
And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
What our previous clients have said
I experienced severe trauma and developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which meant I wasn’t coping well with day to day life. With CBT Therapy at Possibilities, I’ve made a number of positive changes. It was a struggle at times but my psychotherapist helped me feel safe and capable as we worked through things. I’m now back at work and my confidence is growing. I have a life again. I’m so glad I took that scary first step and called. If you’re feeling unsure, I highly recommend you call them too.
– JT, Aberdeenshire: Trauma Counselling Aberdeen.
I thought my life wasn’t worth living. My depression convinced me I was worthless and useless and my situation was hopeless. If you’re feeling something similar, go to Possibilities. They made an enormous difference to my life and they can do the same for you.
– AD, Aberdeen: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression.
My relationship with my partner has vastly improved. We’re more able to communicate and we’re spending more time together and having fun! I can’t believe we were on the verge of separating when we contacted Possibilities as a last resort. I can’t thank them enough.
– SMcM, Aberdeenshire: Couples Counselling Aberdeen.
Possibilities was outstanding. I’ve overcome my anxiety and have the tools to keep it at bay should I need them in the future.
– MK, Aberdeen: CBT Therapy for Anxiety.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.