Social Anxiety Disorder is typically described as the fear of being negatively perceived by others. One may live in constant fear of embarrassing oneself in public by making mistakes. Everyday tasks such as eating in restaurants or talking on the phone become a struggle. Symptoms of social anxiety disorder in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, include:
Fear of being judged by others
Fear of social events
Fear of embarrassment
Anxiety does not have to rule your life. There are many significant and effective treatments for anxiety in Tampa Fl, and Brandon FL, and its disorders. The onset and patterns of anxiety are often triggered by a traumatic event such as the death of a parent, a car accident, or a significant separation from a loved one. Psychotherapy (talk therapy) can help you name and understand when and where your anxieties may have originated, how they continue to get the best of you, and what strategies you need to learn in order to regain confidence and a sense of safety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a commonly used method to treat anxiety. CBT is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that uses a practical, hand-on approach to problem-solving. By changing the patterns of thinking and behavior associated with one’s anxieties, the anxiety in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, itself can be addressed. It is possible to learn how to more accurately assess and test the level of threat/danger (anxiety) you feel, as well as increase your confidence in your ability to cope with the threats/dangers you encounter. EMDR therapy is extremely effective in addressing trauma that continues to leave us feeling vulnerable, in danger, and full of anxiety. EMDR allows the brain to process and “refile” a traumatic event by creating new neural paths related to that event, thus lowering—and often removing—the anxiety associated with past trauma. A skilled and compassionate therapist at Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, can help you name, understand, and reduce your anxiety. It is possible to gain courage, confidence, and boldness. It is possible to embrace, enter into, and enjoy a richer, more fulfilling, and more peaceful life.