All About Sociophobia, the Fear of Socialising, & How To Overcome it with CBT, Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton & West Midlands
What is Sociophobia?
Sociophobia is the Fear of Socialising or of social situations.
This is more commonly known as Social Anxiety.
In general, people suffering from sociophobia are worried about being negatively evaluated by their social peers.
The reality, of course, is that people are always judging others although they may not necessarily express that judgement verbally.
The most important question to ask is “how does being negatively judged by other people actually impact on a person’s life”?
Sociophobia is extremely common and is also known as Social Phobia, Social Pressure and Social Anxiety. It is the fear and anxiety that is experienced within ‘social contexts’ which means any situation where there are other people involved.
Some people only experience sociophobia when around ‘stangers’ whilst other tend to feel more anxious when in the compnay of ‘friends’. Everybody experiences this phobia differently!
All phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, produce feelings of anxiety and stress for the sufferer, and Sociophobia is no different in this sense.
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Sociophobia knows only too well that the anxious feelings they experience are real enough.
We completely understand this and will treat you and your Sociophobia seriously.
Our minds are more than capable of producing real biological reactions to any given situation and so as long as the Sociophobia sufferer believes that the object or situation they fear represents a threat to them, then they will experience real fear, anxiety and stress.
The symptoms of Sociophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Anger problems
- Generalised Anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Control issues
- Feelings of depression
- Insomnia & sleeping problems
- Low Self-Esteem
- Low Self-Confidence
- Panic attacks
- Overthinking things
Sociophobia symptoms tend to be automatic leaving the sufferer feeling like they have little or no control over the way they feel.
This often results in the use of avoidance or safety behaviours in an attempt to prevent exposure to what they consider to be the triggering events.
Unfortunately, safety behaviours tend to produce a paradoxical effect and end up reinforcing the phobia and associated distress rather than making things better.
Sociophobia may be the result of earlier traumatic experiences that can be directly (or indirectly) linked to the object or situational fear, but this is not always the case because phobic responses can also be inherited as learned behaviours from the social context in which they were brought up.
Over time, Sociophobia may have become normalised or accepted as part of a person’s life and where this has been the case, sufferers may not seek help for their problem for many years as they have learnt to live with it.
In just as many cases, however, Sociophobia may become much worse and start to get in the way of normal living. This is particularly true if the safety and avoidance behaviours have grown in frequency and sophistication.
The good news is that the majority of people who suffer from Sociophobia will find a course of psychotherapy highly beneficial.
You can read more about the different types of psychological therapy for the fear of Socialising below.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Sociophobia
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychotherapy course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify any unhelpful thinking styles or limiting beliefs and then show you how to make changes using methods derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Tranceformental CBT programme is a clinically proven approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Psychological Approaches for Sociophobia
Although our preferred form of psychological therapy for Sociophobia is Tranceformental CBT, we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
Psychodynamic therapy which focuses on understanding why the problem has arisen and relies on the therapy relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
Counselling which is less formally structured than CBT but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment in which to discuss issues. Talking problems through with a skilled counsellor is often therapeutic in its own right.
Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of psychotherapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for Sociophobia
We offer all prospective clients FREE initial consultations to discuss your Sociophobia problems prior to commencing any therapy programmes.
The consultation and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various psychological therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available online.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so it is important to meet (either face-to-face or online) before deciding to follow a course of psychotherapy.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different mental health problems.
Using our online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.
Areas We Serve
We offer mental health services, therapy & counselling for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
For those living further afield, we also offer Online Therapy Services using Zoom.