Therapy for Social Anxiety / Social Phobia
You’re dying to go to that sold out concert or movie on opening day. You know contributing more ideas at team meetings will put you in line for a promotion. Having lunch in the lounge with others would be so much better than sitting alone on a bench outside.
Social anxiety is limiting your life in major ways.
To the outside world, it looks like you’re just being distant and aloof. But your resting bitch face has nothing to do with being rude or antisocial. Despite what they may think, you really do like others, and genuinely want to talk and get to know them. But when you try to, you panic and freeze up.
Living with social anxiety is exhausting.
You go out of your way (waking up really early or waiting as late as possible) to run errands when there are few people out. If you see someone you know while you’re out, you’re the master of avoiding them – crossing the street, putting on your sunglasses or baseball cap, or hiding behind a shelf. When you’re forced to interact with them, you mentally check (and recheck) your appearance for fear you’ll be quietly ridiculed.
You know it’s irrational, but you can’t stop.
You wish others could see the real you – the side that your family and closest friends know. Around them, you don’t worry so much about being rejected or humiliated. You speak your mind, laugh, and enjoy yourself. Your brain doesn’t immediately imagine worst-case scenarios or replay conversations in a constant loop.
Counseling can help you overcome social anxiety.
Our bilingual psychologists use Cognitive Behavior (CBT) and Exposure therapy, which are effective forms of therapy for social anxiety and social phobia. Their approach to therapy is also sensitive to your individual beliefs given the melting pot of cultural and spiritual differences found in Miami.