Social anxiety treatment

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Find the right Psychologist

Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

Personal Matching

We recommend that your first step is a Personal Matching appointment. Research shows that the key to successful outcomes is the relationship between client and psychologist. At Psychology Melbourne, we don't leave that to chance. We offer a personal matching session with one of our trained Matching Psychologists who will expertly choose the right psychologist for you and your issues.

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Reception is open:
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 7 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

Find out more about our counselling hours and appointments.

Phone & video counselling

If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.

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"Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

—Virginia Satir

What is Social Anxiety?

It is quite common for people to have some anxiety when entering new social situations, including fear of being judged by others, and feeling self-conscious about appearance or behaviour. However, when people avoid social situations altogether, it can become very limiting to social life and regular functioning. Extreme social anxiety can limit meeting new people, entering a new school or job, and even day-to-day tasks such as shopping.

This can have a significant effect on someone’s life, but can go largely unnoticed when characterised by avoiding anxiety-provoking situations. It is not something that should go untreated, however, as there are some simple strategies available to combat the anxiety.

Treatment

Psychology Melbourne's team of psychologists employ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other forms of evidence-based treatments that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of both generalised anxiety, and specific anxiety such as social anxiety. Graded exposure methods can also be used, in which a professional guides the person through gradual exposure to the feared situation.

CBT provides the education, tools and strategies needed to cope with the situations that provoke worry and anxiety. Learning and practicing these strategies can improve symptoms and provide a greater level of functioning

What are the signs?

Some signs of social anxiety include:

Causes

As with many disorders, there is no “one size fits all” cause for social anxiety disorder. Personal, genetic, and environmental factors play a role in social anxiety, as well as a predisposition to generalised anxiety. Early childhood bullying or social rejection can also increase the risk of social anxiety.

Thinking style can also influence symptoms of social anxiety. People who frequently interpret social cues in a negative way, for example “He is looking at me because he doesn’t like my clothes” are more likely to experience social anxiety.

What can be unhelpful?

Strategies to manage social anxiety

  1. Seek a psychologist who has experience in treating social anxiety. At Psychology Melbourne, we have a number of qualified psychologists at various locations who can support you.
  2. Education around social anxiety; including your own symptoms, triggers and coping strategies. Understanding your own social anxiety is a big first step.
  3. Change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that maintain the anxiety.
  4. Simple grounding exercises, such as mindful breathing or relaxation.
  5. Physical outlets, such as walking and yoga.

Psychology Melbourne has a team of experienced psychologists who can help address and treat social anxiety through a range of therapeutic approaches, supporting you in a safe and confidential environment.

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