Interventions for Social Anxiety

Interventions for Social Anxiety

Do you have an intense fear of social situations? You might feel as though anything you say or do has the potential to embarrass you. Or maybe the thought of being judged leaves you feeling panicked, unable to interact with others. You don’t have to live this way, there are ways you can become more confident and comfortable when faced with social interactions.

Practice social skills

Social interactions can feel more comfortable depending on aspects such as your personality, how often you interact with others, and past experiences. If you are finding yourself feeling anxious in social situations, you may discover practicing social skills could be a game changer.

A very important aspect of being optimistic in public settings is knowing yourself. When it comes to feeling more comfortable and confident interacting with others you will find great value in developing more self-confidence. Knowing who you are feeling good about yourself will decrease the fear of what others think of you. To increase self-confidence you can identify what you are good at, what you are passionate about, and what you bring to relationships.

Some other social skills you can focus on are:

  • Engaging in small talk
  • Ask great questions and actually listen to the answers
  • How you present yourself
  • How you handle rejection
  • Identifying where you find your value
  • Building self-assertiveness
  • Being able to say no

Exposure in Vivo

Exposure in Vivo is when you face an object or situation in real life in order to decrease the fear behind it. This can be helpful for many types of anxiety, but in this case we will focus on social situations. The purpose of doing this is you may receive new information, become more comfortable, and increase safety when facing your fear.

For example:

Let’s say your fear is having casual conversations with others because you feel like you never know what to talk about and it makes you feel uncomfortable. How exposure in Vivo would work is finding opportunities in your life where you can have casual conversations. You could do this by inviting your neighbor over for dinner, talking to the person checking you out at the grocery store, or invite a friend to run errands with you.

Applied Relaxation

When you struggle with social anxiety, it can be helpful to find relaxation techniques that can make your body and mind more at ease. There are many proven techniques that are effective in coping with everyday stress and anxiety. Our therapists at New Vision Counseling and Consulting can walk you through different techniques as you start to implement them into your daily life.

Here are some examples of relaxation techniques:

  • Body awareness
  • Visual Imagery
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Breathing exercises
  • Meditation
  • Prayer

Next step

If you are looking for ways to become more confident and at ease in social situations , we CAN help. We will walk with you as you face your fears, grow in self-assertiveness, and find ways to live with your mind and body at peace. Your next step is to contact us at (405) 921-7776 to learn more about how we can best help you.

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Andrew BrownAndrew Brown
11:05 06 Feb 24
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Andy EatonAndy Eaton
21:00 11 Oct 23
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Mark VonFeldtMark VonFeldt
12:04 23 Aug 23
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Elizabeth ProtzmanElizabeth Protzman
11:41 24 May 23
My husband and I just wrapped up counseling with Shawn. And if you told me 6 months ago our family would be how we are now, I would have been in total disbelief. Shawn’s approach to counseling is next level and took us to new places we never thought that we could experience freedom and he put a light on places we never knew were still dragging us down.My husband (before counseling) had past trauma that weighed him down so heavily that his negative self talk was taking over his mental life. He was completely unable to be social anywhere, see positivity in anything, and talked with a super meek voice because he didn’t see worth in himself. We thought that “this is just his personality”, but Shawn was able to uncover the trauma that was holding him back and helped him break free of it. He now speaks with a voice to be heard and even he engages in social situations!I went through a terrible health scare while we were going through sessions. My optometrist thought that I had a tumor or fluid build up in my skull. Shawn helped me navigate all of the feelings that I kept shoving down. On my second session of talking about this medical situation, we really got to the root of my stress and behavior in this situation and in life. I felt a ton of weight lifted off of me in that moment just by digging out every root in my heart that wasn’t welcome there. Later that day (a Thursday) I had my MRI scans and that Sunday I woke up headache/migraine free for the first time in four months. Monday I got the news that nothing was there. I truly believe that God did a healing work in that therapy session. A physical healing of my body and a spiritual healing of my mind.Through all of this Shawn was not only there for just our counseling sessions, but when I was going through all of the medical stuff he would check in and see how everything was going. He recommended for my husband to go to a camp that absolutely played a part in changing my husband’s life. And all that I’ve shared is only the surface of all of the healing we received. I would have to write a novel for the rest, lol.If you’re looking for healing and willing to show up and put in the work…Shawn will help you get there.
Steve RodriguezSteve Rodriguez
14:25 06 May 22
New Vision Counseling and Consulting saved my marriage as they helped and are helping me deal with my issues with depression and anxiety. I have been taught new methods of dealing with these issues and they are life saving. I have enjoyed my experience with Shawn Maguire, the best therapist I could ask for, and feel this place is a Godsend. I never thought therapy would work for me but I was wrong and wish I had come here sooner. Excited for what the future holds.

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