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Social Anxiety Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London and Kent 


Tel: Central and S.E. London - 020 8468 1026 - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Mobile: 07971 099 590 - After 5.30pm and weekends
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Social Anxiety Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Social Anxiety

What is Social Anxiety?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association defines social phobia as "a persistent fear of social situations” in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny by others and fears that he or she may do something that is humiliating or embarrassing. Areas of social situations where these are most prevalent are: -

  • dating
  • performing in public
  • in meetings
  • interviews
  • in the classroom
  • being introduced to people for the first time.

When the limelight is on you there is a split between the self which is participating in the activity, and the one that is observing and analysing the situation. This ironic self detachment can make you appear aloof, disinterested or superior, and creates a lack of attunement to what is actually happening around you.

It is often this out of sync feeling that causes the fear of losing control, and/or appearing foolish that is at the heart of this kind of anxiety. The shame that if you do make a fool of yourself others will look down on you. This can cause you to avoid social situations.

Social Anxiety Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT and Society Anxiety

In the first session diagnostic tests are administered to make a firm diagnosis, and to locate the specific problem areas for the client. The first part of the treatment is centred on improving the symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. A problem list is drawn up of 5-6 things the client has identified that he would like to change as a result of cognitive therapy.

CBT A relatively short term, collaborative, scientific statistically proven way to overcome social anxiety in a variety of social situations. Clients use a voice activated dictaphone to tape sessions. There is a strong emphasis on homework to augment the work done in the sessions. There is an emphasis on psycho-educational training and an individualised treatment programme is designed to suit each person's specific requirements.

Social Anxiety Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


CBT for social anxiety is tripartite:
  1. Exposure to feared situations i.e. role plays and behavioural experiments.
  2. Cognitive Restructuring i.e. challenging the negative automatic thoughts associated with the feared situations and substituting more balanced alternatives.
  3. Modifying deep core-beliefs associated with shame and guilt in early life.

Social Anxiety Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


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The Centre For Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
68 King William Street, Monument, London, EC4N 7DZ
Chislehurst Business Centre (South East London)
Sunnymead, 1 Bromley Lane, Chislehurst, Kent. BR7 6LH
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Telephone 020 8468 1026 - C. London - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Telephone 020 8468 1026 - S.E London - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Mobile 07971 099 590 - Mob - After 5.30pm and weekends