Social Anxiety Treatment in Worthing

  • Are you struggling with social anxiety?
  • Do you feel fearful and out of control around other people?
  • Would you like to learn how to be calm in social settings?

I can help you

Imagine…

✓ Feeling calm around other people

✓ Being positive about social interactions

✓ Having the confidence to contribute to conversations with a sense of ease

✓ Controlling your imagination, rather than your imagination controlling you Just imagine having a sense of freedom when around other people.

Imagine no more…

✗Avoiding contact with people you may not know

✗Worrying about other people’s potential negative opinions

✗Planning your escape in social settings

✗Always dreading a worst case scenario

It’s time to beat social anxiety 

“He is articulate, friendly and relaxing. I went to him with a sceptical mindset, however, he soon proved to me that cbt really does work.” – Hannah, client.

The key to overcoming social anxiety is to learn how to control two main areas of your thinking.

Firstly, learning to regain control of your imagination, rather than letting your imagination control you. I’m sure you’ve experienced far too often thoughts of what if something goes wrong? What will people think of me? All those thoughts racing through your mind are hard work – let’s get them under control.

Secondly, we will develop skills to help you learn how to manage expectations. Most people with social anxiety are either experiencing the problem, or expecting it to rear it’s head at some point soon – there is very often a “fear of the fear” anxiety creates.

We’ll neutralise that line of thinking, and give you a solid foundation to adopt more positive thinking instead.

Don’t struggle quietly

If you are struggling, I genuinely believe CBT Therapy is a useful way to help you overcome your concerns around social anxiety. CBT isn’t about digging up the past and endlessly analysing it and looking intrusively for hidden meaning.

Whilst CBT will acknowledge root causes and what may be driving a problem, the work I do is focused on teaching you how to change right now.

Tailored to your needs

My approach is as unique as the person I work with, so I’ll find the right way to work with you. Perhaps you would like to begin slowly? Just want to talk on a general level about your concerns around social anxiety and get things off your chest – no problem.

Or perhaps you would prefer to really get stuck in straight away and learn to master some self mind control and coping techniques – no problem.

Or perhaps a mixture of the two? We’ll work out exactly how you will best respond to learning to change, and keep on working at it – I won’t give up on you.

Things can be different

Social anxiety can be beaten. Whilst learning to change isn’t always simple and straightforward, it certainly can be done. Time and time again my clients report back that in retrospect, the hardest part of therapy is getting started.

Sometimes it can be a big step to admit that there is a problem beyond your control, and seeing a therapist may seem intimidating.

I would suggest that if you’ve made it to this webpage then you’ve probably made a decision on some level that enough is enough, and that it’s time to take action.

“I fully expected to go for a dozen sessions, but after just 3 sessions found I was MUCH better in busy places. 7 sessions and I was all sorted!” – Peter, client.

What’s the next step?

Take action, you’ve struggled long enough. Don’t spend any more time hoping that change will just happen – it probably won’t. Anxieties generally get worse over time if left unchallenged.

The sooner you seek help, the sooner you will learn to regain control. Get the help you deserve and banish social anxiety from your life, once and for all.

You can pay as you go each session, or pay a single fixed fee and secure my services for 12 months worth of support for your concerns as and when they arise, regardless of the number of sessions. Check out my appointments page for more details.

Complete the contact form below, call me or send me an e-mail and we can discuss your requirements and arrange your first appointment.

 

 

Clinical reference from GPs handbook:

Social Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed from symptoms of fear or anxiousness surrounding social interactions. A person with social anxiety worries that they will be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. They may lack social skills or be quiet or shy. Accordingly, while they are immersed in a social interaction, they may endure extreme distress. This social anxiety may manifest as anticipatory anxiety or once in the situation, a panic attack. Ultimately, thinking becomes distorted until the person with social anxiety starts to avoid interacting with other people, eliminating social engagements altogether.

For people who are prone to anxiety and panic attacks, their parasympathetic nervous system, or their ability to restore their body back to normal after experiencing a stressor, does not seem to function properly. Hence, people who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks have a faulty parasympathetic nervous system, which for some unknown reason malfunctions in its ability to restore the body back to a normal state. The sufferer then remains keyed up simply because there are high levels of free-floating adrenaline in the body that have not burned off yet. For some it lasts for hours, for others it can last for days.