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 (the social group in your environment) are making a negative judgement about you, or scrutinising you for some action that you have carried out.
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.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Social Anxiety
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome social anxiety then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
Watch the Thrive Video
Thinking Errors Associated with Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
Labelling – Successful / Failure
Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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.