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Social Anxiety Treatment

spiral2grow, a leader in social anxiety treatment in New York City, employs social anxiety psychotherapists and social anxiety counselors, who are expert in treating social anxiety and building self esteem and confidence. spiral2grow, located in midtown Manhattan at 260 Madison Avenue #8023, New York, NY 10016, offers proven social anxiety treatment and social anxiety counseling in a variety of formats: individual social anxiety, social anxiety groups, social anxiety workshops.

Social Anxiety Treatment

Psychotherapy (CBT): There is the clear evidence that cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist that utilizes CBT is effective in treatment for social anxiety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy modality that helps you to alter anxious self-talk and unhelpful beliefs that give the body anxiety-producing messages.

CBT is based on the concept that our emotions and actions are largely influenced by our thoughts. Cognitive Therapy involves:

  • Education about social anxiety
  • Cognitive therapy (identifying, challenging and replacing unhelpful thoughts)
  • Build self acceptance and self affirmation
  • Exposure therapy (devising a plan for grdual confrontation of feared social and/or performance situations)
  • Be Mindful – Attention training (being more able to take in what is happening around us)
  • Practice social engagement skills
  • Understand and practice assertiveness
  • Group Therapy for Social Anxiety
    • Group therapy for social anxiety disorder can be very helpful. It uses acting, role playing and observing, and other exercises to work on situations that make you anxious in the real world. As you practice and prepare for situations you’re afraid of, you will become more and more comfortable and confident in your social abilities, and your anxiety will lessen. The best outcome for group therapy members could be when combined with individual therapy.
    • For shy people, group therapy might be the first safe social interaction, serving as a bridge to the social world. Moving Beyond Shyness groups are for men and women who have difficulty initiating social contact, maintaining relationships, and forming intimate attachments. Many group members are adult students who panic under an instructor’s scrutiny and fear being put on the spot in the classroom. Others are fearful and extremely uncomfortable in work situations relating to authority figures and peers and being part of a competitive business world. All have excessive inhibitions with other people and particular discomfort with members of the other gender. The focus of our work is on connecting with others and developing the confidence needed to be part of a social world.
    • Both individual and group therapy are useful. The basic premise is that faulty assumptions contribute to the anxiety. The therapist helps the individual identify these thoughts and restructure them.
  • Identifying Unhealthy Automatic Thoughts
    • If I sound nervous when I present my paper, my teacher and classmates will ridicule me.” The patient then identifies his physiological and verbal responses to the thoughts. Finally he identifies the mood associated with the thoughts.
    • Irrational beliefs that underlie automatic thoughts:
    • Emotional reasoning: “If I am nervous, then I must be performing terribly.”
    • All or nothing: Absolute statements that do not admit any partial success of gray areas. “I am a failure unless I make an A.”
    • Overgeneralization: One unfortunate event becomes evidence that nothing will go well.
    • Should thoughts: Insisting that an unchangeable reality must change in order for one to succeed.
    • Drawing unwarranted conclusions: Making connections between ideas that have no logical connection.
    • Catastrophizing: Taking a relatively small negative event to illogically drastic hypothetical conclusions.
    • Personalization: Believing that an event has special negative relationship to oneself. (“The whole group got a bad grade because my hands trembled during my part of the presentation”.) Selective negative focus: Only seeing the negative parts of an event and negating any positive ones.
    • Challenge negative beliefs:
    • Once the patient and therapist have identified and characterized the negative thoughts, the therapist should help the patient examine the lack of data supporting the beliefs and look for other explanations of what the patient sees.
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