Social Anxiety Therapy – Confidence Building Therapy – Building Self Esteem

Frequently people experience the feeling of being self-conscious or nervous in social situations. This however, can become a problem when it interferes with everyday functioning, for instance; when one avoids particular places or situations because of the feelings that they may induce.

Social Anxiety Therapy deals with the following:

Situations, which may trigger social anxiety

  • Interacting with new people
  • Attending social situations or parties
  • Circumstances or events where one is the centre of attention
  • Scenarios where one is watched by others whilst doing something
  • Engaging in small talk
  • Public speaking
  • Speaking at a meeting
  • Making a speech
  • Settings where one is spontaneously called upon to respond in front of a group
  • Performing
  • Receiving criticism
  • Holding conversations with individuals in authority or those deemed as important or in a position of power
  • Making phone calls
  • Taking exams
  • Eating or drinking in public settings

Physical symptoms one might experience:

  • Sweating
  • Clammy palms
  • Trembling
  • Tension in muscles
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Blushing
  • Palpitations – changes in heart rate
  • Dizzy spells
  • Nausea
  • Changes in breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Rigidity
  • Difficulty sleeping

Feelings, one might experience:


  • of being observed
  • of feeling embarrassed
  • of being criticised
  • of others noticing particular symptoms or behaviour
  • worry for hours, days or months about a upcoming event, situation or possible scenario

Behaviours, which may accompany social anxiety:

  • Avoid eye contact
  • Avoid initiating conversation
  • Avoid certain situations or settings
  • Escape from situations or settings
  • Misuse of alcohol or substances
  • Dysfunctional use of positive thoughts

Thoughts, which may accompany social anxiety:

  • ‘I can’t do this’
  • ‘I can’t handle this situation’
  • ‘If something goes wrong I won’t know how to handle it’
  • ‘I won’t know what to do’
  • ‘I won’t be able to cope’
  • ‘I will feel helpless’
  • ‘I will feel intimidated’
  • ‘I won’t know what to say’
  • ‘People will think I am incompetent/stupid/not good enough’

The integration of the two most powerful and effective psychological therapies, namely cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical hypnotherapy uncovered as the most evidence based therapeutic interventions available today in the field of psychology and psychotherapy.

This integration referred to as cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, found to be the most effective treatment for anxiety, stress, panic attacks and social anxiety.

Sessions are between fifty minutes and an hour in duration and consist of primarily cognitive behavioural therapy techniques and strategies, psychology, psychotherapy, hypnosis and mindfulness when it is pertinent. We can meet for an initial consultation (no obligation) exploring the challenges you are experiencing. By the end of this consultation, I will be in a position to inform you how many sessions are recommended and the various techniques and strategies that will inform your treatment plan.

The specialist approach employed, involves combining the appropriate psychological and physiological elements into each treatment plan, tailored specifically to meet your needs.

For more information, contact Amanda today:
Phone: 083 4147013

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