Social Anxiety Counselling Wolverhampton
Psychological Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia
Social Anxiety Disorder is the fear and Anxiety you experience when you believe that people (your social group) are making a negative judgement about you, or scrutinising you for some action that you have carried out. It is also symptomatic of the social pressure you may feel in meeting the expectations of your socio-cultural environment.
It is the MOST COMMON form of Anxiety Disorder experienced by people, and although most sufferers recognise that it is irrational and disproportionate to the given situation, it tends to be quite difficult to overcome by will power alone!
It generally develops in the earlier stages in a persons life with research showing that 50% of all sufferers have the condition by just 11 years of age, and 80% of sufferers developing it by the age of 20.
Social Anxiety Disorder is known by a number of different names including:
- Social Phobia
- Social Anxiety
- S.A.D. (NOT seasonal affective disorder by the way)
- Fear of Being Judged
Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
The most frequent symptoms and behaviours associated with Social Anxiety Disorder are
- Feeling like you are constantly being evaluated by others
- Sticking to the “rules”
- Feeling awkward in social situations
- Frequently blushing
- Stuttering when under pressure (often self-imposed pressure)
- Having Low Self Esteem
- Avoiding eye-to-eye contact
- Worried by Authority figures
- Fearing Criticism
- Frequently Feelings of Panic
Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Although Social Anxiety Disorder can feel as though it is a “fixed” and “unchangeable” part of you as a person, this is not accurate – Social Anxiety Disorder is what we call a “limiting belief“ that has become an automatic, or habitual method of thinking for you.
The Anxious feelings that you experience are definitely real, but the cause of those feelings is actually your “thinking” and not the judgemental thoughts of other people. (For this to be true you would have to be able to read the minds of those people and as far as we know, this is not actually possible!)
Thoughts Create Emotions & Behaviours
The relationship between our “thinking styles” and our subsequent “behaviours” has been understood for many years, and in fact this connection forms the basis for nearly all of the “Cognitive Therapies” used throughout the world today, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and many other Psycho-dynamic interventions.
Cognitive Therapies of this sort have been PROVEN to produce real and permanent changes in people.
Social Anxiety Disorder Test
There are a number of tests that can be taken that indicate the presence of a Social Anxiety Disorder and the Thrive Programme has it’s own test which we will use if you undertake the programme.
You can also use this test for determining if you might be suffering from this disorder: Social Phobia Inventory – “SPIN” test.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Social Anxiety
If you’re committed to overcoming your social anxiety problems then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, 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 CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
FREE Initial Consultations for Social Anxiety
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Social Anxiety Disorder. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
We recommend following our 10 session course of advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems. CBT is the therapy of choice for developing a deep level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for then learning new coping mechanisms and strategies for sustainable change over your life.