Social Phobia Counselling
Mental Health Counselling for Social Phobia – Available in Wolverhampton and Online Worldwide
Although social phobia may be a “new” name, it is a problem that has been around for many hundreds of years (See Social Anxiety Disorder).
Social Phobia is the Fear (or worry) of being judged by other people (this is where the “Social” component comes from) and for many people it can have a very debilitating effect on their lives.
It is a principal component of Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking.
People suffering from social phobia will be very familiar with the phrase “you worry too much about what people think” and in essence, this is true.
Symptoms of Social Phobia
Social Phobia may be experienced in many different ways, and to help you identify if this IS your problem, I have listed below some typical symptoms associated with this anxiety:-
- Often feeling like your being “put on the spot”
- Get anxious at the thought of standing up and talking to a large group of people
- Have a very limited social life with very few friends
- Being “shy” around large groups of people
- Dislike being at parties
- Always sticking to the rules
- Difficulty talking on the telephone
- Stuttering and Stammering
- Find it difficult to look people in the eye
- Unable to use public toilets (Known as “shy bladder”)
- Feeling like a “fraud” and that people may be able to “see through you”
- Always asking for feedback about “how well you are doing”
Social Phobia should not be underestimated as it can cause people to withdraw from life and, if not addressed, “migrate” into a Depression.
Social Phobia can influence almost every aspect of your life and is almost certainly the most common form of anxiety experienced by people.
One recent revelation about this problem is that most of the people who “feel judged” almost invariably ARE judgemental themselves.
In other words, one of the reasons that social phobia sufferers believe that everybody is essentially “coming to some negative conclusion” about them as a person, is because this is exactly what they are doing to other people!
If you find yourself judging other people (even if you keep it to yourself) is it any wonder that you might believe this is a trait shared by everybody else too?
What causes Social Phobia?
Most people who suffer from social phobia are likely to have had the problem from an early age. It is unusual to develop this type of problem later in life, although it may not become “expressed” as a problem until after some significant event triggers these buried feelings.
Social Phobia is almost always “created” when some experience in our developmental years leaves us feeling emotionally overwhelmed and unable to deal with the feelings we felt at the time of the incident.
We might, perhaps, have had an experience where we felt like we “made a fool of ourselves” and have perceived that all the people who witnessed this incident were somehow “laughing at us”.
Something may have happened that made us feel terribly embarrassed causing us to “blush”, only then to find that any situation that in some way reminds us of this experience, causes this “blush response” to occur again.
Perhaps there were very high expectations to succeed in your family environment, in which case you may have felt that “failing” in some way would lead to “ridicule” or perhaps even some form of punishment, in which case you would learn to “dread” failure and constantly worry about it.
Help for Social Phobia
Not do we only offer a wide range of Psychological Therapies for mental health problems and phobias such as Social Phobia, but you can also purchase our own self-help book, the Restrictive Realities of Belief written by Paul who is an academic psychologist with more than 30 years experience of working in people development.
This book is designed to provide you with all of the essential knowledge and latest research into mental health counselling as well as a practical set of tools and techniques for making real changes.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Social Phobia
If you’re committed to overcoming your Social Phobia problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul. Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapy Options for Social Phobia
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for Social Phobia is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative Psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
- Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
- General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
- Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for Social Phobia
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Social Phobia prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Buy Our Self-Help Book
The Restrictive Realities of Belief is Paul's recently authored self-help book containing everything you need to know about how mental health problems are 'realised' through the socio-cultural beliefs that we acquire over our lifetimes and what you can do to bring about effective change.
You can read a synopsis of what this book is all about on this page:
It is currently available as a 307 page A4 PDF file for just £19.99 which you can purchase here using PayPal. Your copy of the book will be sent by e-mail.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.
Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP
I specialise in the following therapies:
I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, meditation and hypnotherapy
Call Joan on: 07434 776504