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Overcoming Social Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Anxiety with cognitive behavioural therapy

Maybe you are experiencing anxiety in social settings and might find yourself avoiding even the smallest social interactions. You are hesitating to eat in public spaces or hiding behind the crowd if asked to give a public speech. Perhaps, there are times when you would not prefer talking to anyone from the opposite sex. Social anxiety disorder can manifest in many different ways across different social situations and CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most well-researched and effective treatment approaches.

Key Features of Social Anxiety Disorder

While understanding social anxiety disorder, it is important to note that it is more than just shyness. It is an overwhelming fear of being judged, feelings of embarrassment, and intense worry about negative evaluation in social situations. This fear can be manifested in various ways, such as:

  • A feeling of dread, awkwardness, worry, or nervousness while making any public appearance. There are times when they would cringe at the thought of joining any social association.
  • Being preoccupied with what people think of you or how they perceive you.
  • Assuming that you would be a laughing stock if you try to make friends.
  • Feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable while surrounded by others.
  • Showing direct signs of anxiety while amidst a group.
  • Trusting no one beyond a handful of people.

The Goals of CBT

If you’re dealing with mental health issues, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you reflect on negative thoughts and behaviors that might be making things challenging for you in social situations. Together with a therapist, you will begin to understand your feelings of social fear and anxiety and break down unhelpful thoughts that you are experiencing. Instead of getting stuck in patterns that bring you down, CBT teaches you practical ways to see things differently. You learn how your thoughts, feelings, and actions are all connected, and with the right tools, you can start changing them for the better.

Introspection leads to growth

As a part of your therapeutic journey, your therapist will address many vulnerable aspects of self, such as:

  • Unhelpful feelings and underestimation
  • Sense of guilt for no apparent reason
  • Pent up anger due to any past incident
  • Recurrent embarrassment
  • Self-doubting your abilities

What You Learn?

When you get help from a seasoned therapist from dedicated a mental health practice like Therapy Villa, you learn:

  • Easy to adopt techniques to be assertive
  • How to tackle perfectionism
  • Ways to be more realistic about your expectations
  • Segregating unhelpful beliefs from that of the realistic ones

Skills Training

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to meet needs for individuals coping with social anxiety. A lot of studies in the area of social anxiety suggest that our negative assumptions and beliefs are the core reason for anxious feelings we experience in social settings.

CBT for social anxiety will help you learn social skills that will enhance your interpersonal abilities which in turn will boost your confidence and reduce your social anxiety. Behavioral experiments, a CBT technique, will also allow you to challenge your unhelpful thoughts by testing the validity of your beliefs.

What to Expect? 

While social anxiety disorder can hinder your personal growth and take you away from meaningful connections. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will help you navigate through this challenge by offering practical insights and strategies to build confidence and enjoy social interactions.

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