Do you experience fear in social situations? Social phobia, also known as social anxiety, can be really tough. While many people feel some degree of stress in social situations, those with social phobia are gripped by extreme anxiety and panic at even the thought of going into society. When that anxiety starts to take over your life, it may be a good idea to get some help, as the fallout can lead to other problems such as depression and social isolation.

The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy have a lot of experience helping clients manage their feelings of panic in social situations, as well as other phobias and anxiety disorders, drawing from a broad range of treatment methodologies.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we’re able to help you. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Social Phobia Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Don’t let social fears control you and rob you of joy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Social anxiety is more than just run-of-the-mill shyness.It can be both physically and mentally debilitating. The physiological symptoms of social anxiety can include:

  • Intense worry and rumination
  • Rapid breathing
  • Imagining worst case scenarios
  • Sleep problems
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Stomach and digestive disturbances, such as IBS
  • Twitching
  • Trouble breathing

The fear and paralysis social anxiety creates can hinder your career progression and self-esteem, as well as your relationships. It can be challenging to explain your feelings to family and friends, and your lack of participation in social events can cause misunderstandings.

The good news is that professional help is available to treat social anxiety. Mindfulness therapy and hypnotherapy are two methods that may help sufferers change their habitual thoughts and responses.

The decision to take control of your situation is a brave one and can be empowering enough to make a difference on its own. However, it does take time to explore and unpick the underlying factors of anxiety disorders, and everyone’s experience is different. Some people may experience relief from symptoms only after a few sessions, while others may benefit from regular, ongoing treatment. People also respond differently to therapy and will have different personal goals, which means timelines will vary based on the individual.

Many options for treatment are available to you at Bayside Psychotherapy. Rather than use a homogeneous approach, your therapist will draw on a range of different methodologies to tailor your treatment program to you, based on the initial assessment and your own preferences.

The approach applied may include one or a combination of Buddhist Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, NLP, Hypnotherapy and other counselling methods. With regular evaluations to ensure you are progressing well, our therapists will work with you to determine your ideal social balance and introduce strategies to help you attain it. If you’d like to start hypnosis today, you can download our Social Phobia Self Hypnosis recording to listen to at home.

You can meet with one of our practitioners online via secure video conferencing, or in-person at our Highett clinic. Please call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out if we may be able to help you enjoy your social life again. Your call or email is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain