Confidence & Social Anxiety
We can all learn how to be calmer and more confident, we've simply never been shown how
Social Phobia (scopophobia) is the fear of embarrassing, humiliating , or 'on the spot' type situations in public. Associated fears; social anxiety, social anxiety disorder, fear of being judged.
Social Phobia is probably the most common phobia. A fear of any situation where the sufferer is likely to feel 'on the spot', embarrassed, humiliated, silly or judged. E.g. dinner parties, public speaking, interviews, presenting, singing, talking on the telephone etc.
Associated symptoms: sensitivity to criticism, negative self image, fear of rejection, difficulty in being assertive and feelings of inferiority. Often symptoms appear alongside the social phobia such as; blushing, stuttering, working too hard to please others, lack of confidence, low self esteem, and preoccupation with looks, twitches or tics, sexual performance anxiety, shy bladder, self imposed unachievable high standards, fear of failure etc.
A social-phobia worries continuously about how others see them and think about them, thus they devote a lot of time creating the image they want others to see and they're quite adept at concealing their anxiety from others.
Your sessions will be tailored for you and may include elements from CBT, Hypnotherapy and mind coaching.
"I felt at ease before and during the [work Christmas] party, was able to converse and laugh, it was a bit boring! For the first time in my life it felt like a non-event! No thumping in my chest or parched mouth. I still follow the guidelines you have given me including short, medium and long term goals [refers to list of exciting things she's now able to do in her life that before simply weren't possible due to crippling social phobia and lack of self confidence]. Thank you for all your help." V, Southend-on-Sea Essex
"Just wanted to let you know...[when I went back to work after several weeks off sick with stress] I felt like I should be getting anxious and it just never happened! I’m not entirely sure what you did but whatever it was it seems to have worked. As soon as you finished [the session] I just felt relief and I’m still feeling it now." Anon, Maldon Essex
All sessions are available UK and Worldwide online with Essex/Suffolk border based therapist Alice Pinion. Arrange your free initial consult.