Feeling nervous in a social situation is normal and many people worry about social situations such as public speaking, talking to authority figures, feelings of shyness or lacking in confidence. However. for some people, such feelings may be more troubling and difficult to cope with. Everyday activities, such as working, socialising, shopping or even being on the phone can create an anxiety to such an extent that it causes avoidance. Anxiety about being judged or critizised can create uncomfortable feelings which can lead to low self-esteem making situations such as public performances and social gatherings to difficult to bear.
Otherwise known as social phobia, sufferers tend to experience excessive feelings of nervousness or dread in relation to those social situations. Physical symptoms such as sweating, palpitations,
blushing or trembling, may also be experienced. At an extreme level, the sufferer may also experience hypersensitivity to criticism, avoidant behaviour , be very self-conscious and a deep insecurity of being rejected by others.
For sufferers it is important to seek professional help from an empathic and experienced therapist. Here at the clinic, a combination of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural therapy is employed to help regain confidence and enjoyment in social situations.