Social Anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety we experience. It might be surprising to learn that we, as humans, actually experience anxiety for a good reason. Feelings like guilt, shame, and anxiety are designed to serve as internal information cues as we learn to navigate social situations and contribute to groups that we are involved in. However, social anxiety can show up in different ways for people. And in some cases, it can start to work against us and inhibit our ability to live our lives the way we’d like to.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY SOCIAL ANXIETY IS HOLDING ME BACK?
For many of us, social anxiety is a passing thought that reflects a concern of being judged. But for some of us, social anxiety can be a major life stressor. When social anxiety is at its most disruptive, there can be a deep sense of rumination, significant avoidance of social interactions, and a major fear of making a humiliating mistake in front of others. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important for you to know that you are not alone. Our team at CAST Centers has successfully helped hundreds of people living with social anxiety for over a decade. We are committed to understanding your unique situation as we help you address your concerns one step at a time.
HOW DOES GROUP THERAPY WORK?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), group therapy is one of the most effective tools to address social anxiety. Our group therapy sessions are led by clinically trained professionals in both telehealth and in person settings. We use a strengths driven approach to create the space for you to connect with your authentic voice, align your actions with your values, and explore your struggles in a safe and judgment free environment. We’ve learned that group therapy works best by meeting you where you are and walking with you as you take the steps that can often feel too confusing or challenging to take alone.
The American Psychological Association notes that Group Therapy can be a healing, validating, and educational experience for those of us dealing with mental health issues. Being part of a therapeutic group means that you are able to tap into a safe and confidential source of support as you reflect on your thoughts and experiences. This valuable benefit, along with the opportunity to hear others speak about their personal struggles, often brings you new perspectives as you address your own challenges.
IS GROUP THERAPY SCIENTIFICALLY BACKED?
Additionally, research suggests that group therapy can help you build effective coping strategies and useful social skills to address social anxiety in your everyday life. Group therapy is clinically supported and has been indicated to be effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety and instrumental in improving self-esteem while decreasing depression and stress.
If you are seeking help for your social anxiety, our team of compassionate mental health professionals offers free phone consultations to listen to your specific situation. Contact us today to take the first step!