Private Social Anxiety Treatment

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Social anxiety can be a debilitating condition, affecting not just your social life and relationships with family but also your daily activities.

You might go out of your way to avoid large groups, one-on-one situations and even phone calls. But the intense dread of social situations can be treated.

What is social anxiety and what causes it?

We’re all familiar with feeling nervous about presenting in front of a large group of people and meeting strangers, but social anxiety can be a life-limiting condition for those who suffer from it. Find out what social phobia is and what can cause it.

What private social anxiety treatment options are available?

Social anxiety is typically exacerbated by feelings of inadequacy or a lack of confidence. You might fear saying the wrong thing or being judged by others. By treating your social anxiety at its core and identifying its triggers and why these events and situations cause you to feel anxious, we can help you manage and reduce your symptoms. Our personalised approach ensures that you receive the most suitable and effective treatment for social anxiety.

What are the symptoms of social anxiety?

Social anxiety is a unique phobia that can be easily triggered — it’s near impossible to avoid meeting people as you go about your day. But how does a social phobia differ from shyness, and how do the symptoms of social anxiety vary?

Meet our social phobia specialists

Our specialists have decades of combined experience in diagnosing and treating social anxiety and have practised in leading institutions in the UK and beyond. Experts in their field, they are dedicated to keeping up to date with all the latest developments in psychiatry to deliver the best care for you — because we know that the right treatment combination can be truly transformative.

What is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is often misunderstood as shyness or being introverted, and while a shy or introverted person might avoid social situations, either because it drains them of energy or makes them feel uncomfortable, social anxiety can affect anyone. It’s characterised by an intense feeling of dread, fear and panic in social situations, and at its most severe, it can be debilitating.

It can also be difficult to diagnose, because it doesn’t always occur in all situations. You might feel comfortable in one-on-one situations with a friend, but anxiety might set in when you’re in a large crowd. Conversely, you might feel comfortable in groups but struggle to open up in emotionally intimate situations.

Like most anxiety conditions, social anxiety occurs on a spectrum. Individuals with mild social anxiety might get severe anxiety around making a phone call and go out of their way to avoid speaking to other people. In its most acute form, social anxiety disorder, it can lead people to avoid people and public spaces and spend increasing amounts of time at home. This can have a major impact on friendships, especially if friends don’t understand the condition and how much anxiety the thought of leaving the house might cause.

 

What Causes Social Anxiety?

The exact cause of social anxiety is unknown, but research suggests that it can be caused by a combination of environmental factors and genetics. If your close family member has an anxiety condition, you might be more likely to develop anxiety yourself, but negative experiences can also contribute, including bullying, family conflict or abuse.

Often, social anxiety is triggered by certain beliefs we have about ourselves. If you were criticised for not being “good enough” or “confident enough”, or you think this about yourself, you may develop social anxiety as a defence against being judged or failing.

What Are The Symptoms of Social Anxiety?

Feeling anxious in social situations is a natural emotion. If we’re not familiar with another person or speaking to a large group, it’s reasonable to feel on-edge. But the symptoms of social phobia are often much more severe.

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Crippling social anxiety can have far-reaching effects. It can affect your performance at work, especially if you are called on to deliver a presentation or training and miss work because of it. Social phobia can also prevent you from enjoying new opportunities, from eating at a new restaurant to missing out on a dream job because you’re too anxious about attending a job interview.

People with social anxiety might also place unrealistic expectations on them that they should never feel anxious, which only exacerbates their symptoms by adding unhelpful pressure.

But even at its most severe, social phobia can be treated. It takes courage to face up to social anxiety, as you might feel embarrassed or ashamed to share how it’s impacting your quality of life. But we understand and are here to listen. As your source of support, we can reverse the cycle causing unbearable anxiety and help you to enjoy social situations and manage your symptoms.

Psymplicity’s approach to social anxiety treatment

At Psymplicity, we provide an integrated approach to social anxiety treatment. As symptoms occur on a spectrum, every individual with social phobia will experience the condition to a different degree. As such, there is no “standard” approach treatment — only what is best suited to you and the severity of your symptoms. Our specialists will begin by carrying out a thorough assessment of your symptoms to reach the right diagnosis.

 This assessment will consider the frequency and intensity of your social anxiety and how long you have been suffering. If other conditions are exacerbated or directly caused by these illnesses, such as depression, we will factor this into your personalised treatment plan and may prescribe counselling or medication to help you on your journey to a better, more fulfilling life.

Social anxiety treatment can vary from psychotherapy to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Therapy offers a safe and non-judgemental space where an individual can understand their social anxiety by talking through how they feel. For those who experience intense fear of one-to-one communication, seeing a therapist can be daunting, but this is why psychotherapy is an incredibly appropriate and effective method of social anxiety treatment. A crucial difference separating therapy from other social situations is that your therapist understands and accepts your feelings, and they will move at a pace that suits you.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can also be effective for alleviating stress caused by social phobia. It works by identifying the triggers of social anxiety, such as speaking to a customer service agent, and getting to the root of the emotion. It might be that you have unconscious fears or beliefs about stuttering during speech or losing your train of thought and being perceived negatively for it. By replacing these unhelpful thoughts with something more positive, you can feel more empowered and in control, which can boost your self-esteem and stop the vicious cycle of anxiety and self-doubt.

Your social anxiety treatment plan

Following your in-depth assessment and subsequent social phobia diagnosis, you’ll benefit from a personalised and balanced treatment approach that prioritises managing your symptoms and reducing the impact of the condition on your life.

Step One

To ensure a perfectly tailored treatment plan, we begin with a professional diagnosis of your social anxiety and produce a personalised assessment report.

Step Two

Our experts will determine the most effective treatment for you, whether prescribing psychotherapy or providing CBT sessions to ease symptoms and develop strategies that help you cope with the symptoms of social phobia.

Step Three

Patients with social anxiety need continued care and support, which is why we recommend follow-up appointments to review progress, discuss any concerns and adjust treatment as we walk with you on your path to recovery.

Meet our specialists in social anxiety treatment

Our social anxiety treatment specialists are among the best in their field, having successfully treated the symptoms of social phobia and related conditions for decades. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and that to provide the transformation so many of our clients enjoy requires a bespoke, holistic plan — one we’re confident you won’t find anywhere else.

Discover how CBT can help you address the negative beliefs around what you can and can’t do as a result of your social anxiety, find out what psychotherapy involves and how it can help and lots more in our blogs about social phobia.

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Ongoing Support and Follow-Up

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