Hypnosis for Social Phobia & Anxiety
Feel better with hypnotherapy | Updated: March 2018
What is a Social Phobia?
A social phobia is a form of anxiety where an individual suffers feelings of nervousness, unease, physical symptoms of distress and fear when present in social and professional settings. The condition usually presents itself for the first time during teenage to young adult years. It will normally continue and get worse as you age.
Symptoms of a Social Phobia:
Some of the key symptoms of the condition include:
- Physical sensations of anxiety which include, nausea, stomach pangs, blushing, heart palpitations, voice trembling, shaking, blushing and sweating.
- Intense shyness and a deep hesitation to interact and pay attention.
- Strong negative thoughts and chronic fears about future moments in a social or professional group setting or situation. Persistent doubts about future performance in such a social setting.
Who Seeks Social Anxiety Hypnotherapy Treatment?
People from all walks of life come to see me with this phobia. From business people who want to help feel more comfortable public speaking, job interviews and in the work environment in general, to people wanting to be more social and friendly in social settings. Others just want to make friends more easily and to be better at attracting a suitable relationship.
Treatment for a Social Phobia / Anxiety
Doctors will normally prescribe medication such Zoloft and or beta blockers to treat the condition and will often also suggest a psychological intervention. Medication works well for some, others will not react as favourably.
Hypnosis increasingly is gaining popularity at being one intervention worthy of investigation of its efficacy in treatment of social phobia conditions.
Hypnosis Treatment for Social Phobias & Anxiety
There are a number of studies that have looked at hypnosis as a treatment option. The following link provides access to a study that looked at the efficacy of hypnosis combined with CBT in treating sufferers of the phobia. It is a worthwhile read as it provides some evidence for the usefulness of hypnosis (1).
Here is another study that looked at hypnosis and social phobia (2).
The following linked study shows some evidence for hypnosis in helping people that suffer from anxiety symptoms (3)
My Hypnotherapy for Social Phobia & Anxiety Program
My program consists of three to five sessions. Three sessions are recommended at a minimum. Some see satisfactory improvement after one session.
The following aspects will be included in the program: guided imagery, Ego State Therapy, and desensitization.
Case Study Lucy Bank Employee (name changed for privacy reasons):
Lucy came to see me because she did not feel comfortable in attending gatherings and parties. Both her personal and professional lives were affected by this condition. She would often find that she would blush uncontrollably in these environments even when there was nothing to be shy about nor be nervous about. Over the course of the three sessions we broke the formerly automatic response of blushing and developed a feeling of comfort and confidence. This allowed her to network and connect in a professional environment as well as to help her months later find a suitable relationship.
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