In excessive proportions, this is a debilitating disorder that can cause a host of everyday circumstances and settings to feel insurmountably difficult.
Social interactions that may appear effortless or natural for some people, such as introducing oneself, or holding a simple conversation – can feel dreadful and impossible for a person suffering with social anxiety.
While it is normal to feel a degree of anxiety in social situations – and particularly in high stimulus situations, like public speaking, or large gatherings – excessive sensitivity that is deeply unsettling, or that leads to social avoidance, can be problematic.
Feeling socially anxious is often a burdensome preoccupation that consumes the mind, and is also associated with feelings of embarrassment, humiliation, and inferiority.
Regular or prolonged social anxiety is linked to low self-esteem and depression, and can also be a hindrance to creating and maintaining certain relationships.
With the help of therapy and counselling, social anxiety can be managed effectively. An experienced psychologist specialising in social anxiety can offer a range of practical and strategic interventions like mindfulness, sysdesensitization and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), that assist with promoting self-acceptance, building confidence, learning coping skills.
The psychologists below have years of experience across a range of approaches and treatment modalities that are designed to help with managing and overcoming social anxiety.