Talk Therapy for Treating Social Anxiety



How the conversations you have with your therapist are an integral part of the cure.

Is Social Anxiety limiting your life?

Maybe it scares you to think about making the toast at a wedding. Perhaps every interaction is cause for overwhelming apprehension and a run for the nearest exit. Either way, you’re not in control of the emotions or behaviors that plague your connections with other people. Either way, it’s time to seek help.

If you’re tired of the restrictions your social anxiety is placing on your life and feel that the time is right for exploring therapeutic options, talk therapy may be an excellent avenue to consider.

So, what is talk therapy?

The name “talk therapy” may seem worrisome, after all social situations are already nerve-wracking for you. How will you manage talking about your problem with a therapist?

Try not to add therapy to your list of worries.

Give yourself time with an experienced therapist who seems to be a good fit.

Keep in mind the relational and social rewards for opening up in a safe place.

Your therapist is a person who already understands the nature of your problem and is intent on helping you conquer your fears.

Here’s what you need to know:

Talk therapy is simply a broad term encompassing a range of psychological treatments that encourage verbal exchange as a means of working through emotional problems and their triggers.

The first approach to talk therapy originated with psychoanalysis (think Freud or Carl Jung), soon to be followed by current, popular types of talking therapy like rational emotive therapy, person-centered therapy, group therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), among others.

The key factor for all the talk therapies is their common dependence on improving your ability to cope through purposeful conversations between you and your therapist. The goal is to discover the underlying reasons for your fear.

Your therapist assists you in finding the control you seek.

He or she actively listens to you, talks with you about past issues, non-judgmentally questions current worries and concerns, and gently, respectfully challenges you to assess the validity of your poor self concept and fears about the way you are perceived.

Your therapist wants to engage you in discussions that will help arrive at a cure for your social anxiety, not judge you or cause more embarrassment and self-conscious feelings.

What can I expect from talk therapy?

Often, clients in CBT can meet with their therapist once a week for about three to four months (16 sessions) and see positive results. It is also important to note that people with social anxiety have experienced a significant improvement in symptoms from both individual sessions and group sessions shared with other people suffering from similar social anxiety symptoms. Whatever the method, social anxiety counseling allows you to uncover the roots of your worry.

Studies show that talk therapy is an effective way to heal the mind. It is a vital partner to any drug treatment. While it may be tempting to alleviate your anxiety with a mask of medications, real change comes from finding and facing the source of your worry.

Working with a therapist puts you in charge of your healing process.

The chance to safely view your social anxiety with your therapist helps you recognize, examine, and cope with your fears and negative perceptions more effectively. In the therapy setting, hope returns and shared human connections start to reframe your social interactions and restructure your thoughts.

You’ll begin to feel better.

Talk therapy will begin to fulfill a common human need to be heard, understood, and, when necessary, encouraged to see things differently.

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