Effective HELP FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY
Six weeks is all it takes to overcome Social Anxiety and feel confident around others. Offices in Rickmansworth and Aylesbury and welcoming enquiries from Watford, Northwood, Uxbridge and Ruislip.
Sessions available via Skype and Zoom.
What is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety results from any situation where the sufferer is likely to feel 'on the spot', embarassed, humiliated or judged - for example; social events, public speaking, interviews, dates, meetings, etc. It is the fear of uncomfortable, embarrassing or humiliating situations in the presence of other people and the fear of being judged that arises from that. This is also known as social anxiety, social anxiety disorder, or even just shyness.
It is probably the most common phobias there is - and certainly one of the most common symptoms my clients consult me for. You might feel relieved to hear that almost everybody has it to some extent in certain situations, and you can overcome it in just 6 weeks.
The connection with Self Esteem
Social Anxiety is simply a reflection of your own lack of self esteem and self belief in particular situations - if you felt 'good enough', you wouldn't worry about how others perceive you. Instead, you feel out of your depth in certain situations, with the belief that you haven't got the ability to handle them they way you would like to (despite perhaps lots of previous evidence to the contrary!).
You worry that you will act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing and will be harshly judged by others. If you are expecting or worrying about feeling shy/tongue-tied/boring etc in front of others, it's easy to build up anxieties about these situations or people, so your fears can become a self-fulfilling prophesy. We create what we imagine and expect.
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Social anxiety usually starts in our younger years (although it often just called being 'shy') or can be triggered off by a particularly embarrassing event. Associated issues include sensitivity to criticism, negative self image, fear of rejection, difficulty in being assertive and feelings of inferiority.
You may worry continuously about how others 'see' you, and what others may think about you - it is not surprising then that you may devote time and effort trying to create an image of yourself that you wish others to see. You may also be quite adept at concealing your anxiety from others, although there may be a difficulty in maintaining eye contact. That intense self-awareness is like having a guard dog, sitting on your shoulder, carefully editing and analysing everything that you say and do in the presence of other people. Having social anxiety can be really quite tiring!
At the opposite end of the spectrum is complete avoidance of social situations. If the anxiety becomes too great, it can be a relief that you can avoid that party, meeting, presentation, date, school, etc. The problem with avoidance, however, is the anxiety is exaccerbated because you are giving yourself the message that you really can't deal with the situation - so the self esteem takes another hit.
You CAN overcome social anxiety and feel confident. Here's how...
The good news is that social anxiety can be overcome in just 6 weeks. You will learn how to feel in control of your thoughts and feelings - no longer feeling powerless in situations where previously you felt judged or awkward in front of others. Regardless of how intense your social anxiety feels or how long you have struggled with it, you can significantly change how confident you feel around others...and it can stay that way!
What is The Thrive Programme?
It is an easy-to-follow yet extremely effective psychological training programme to overcome mental health problems and learn to thrive. You will learn how to significantly improve your thoughts, emotions and beliefs so you can feel back in control and symptom-free.
You will develop robust mental health, high, stable self-esteem and self-confidence and be able to make the most of life whilst knowing you can cope when it gets tough.
How does it work?
Over 6 weekly, one-to-one sessions, I will teach how all you need in order to reach your goals. The sessions can be done either in person in my offices or via video conferencing such as Skype or Zoom.
A completely different approach!
The Thrive Programme® is a totally fresh approach to achieving lasting mental well-being. If you have previously tried other interventions or therapies that have not worked for you (as is the case with most of the clients I see), please be reassured that The Thrive Programme is completely different to any other kind of intervention available for mental well-being. The Programme is unique.....and it works.