Social Anxiety

At Bridges to Recovery, we have the expertise and experience to effectively treat Social Anxiety with empathy and care. We offer a welcoming, non-judgmental space where you can safely and comfortably explore your experiences and manage your symptoms in a nurturing environment. Using advanced assessment techniques, we gain a complete picture of your history and current needs, and design a tailored treatment plan to address your situation in a thoughtful, personal way. By engaging in a mix of individual psychotherapygroup therapy, and holistic therapies, you gain the insight and skills to heal to from Social Anxiety and restore healthy emotional and practical function. With the support of both highly trained clinicians and understanding peers, you can free yourself from the painful effects of your illness and create a fulfilling, joyful life.

From Isolation to Integration

Social Anxiety can be a profoundly isolating condition that disrupts your ability to function in everyday life. However, you are not alone; 7% of the population suffers from this distressing mental health disorder. Characterized by deep fear of social situations, Social Anxiety weaves itself into your thoughts and restricts your behaviors, coloring your experience of the world. Once the illness has taken hold, you may also begin to dread the symptoms themselves, fearing that your anxiety will be obvious to those around you. While your self-consciousness may often be particularly severe around strangers and people you don’t know well, it can also appear in situations with people close to you and cause you to withdraw from vital social networks. Social Anxiety can hamper your educational and professional life and lead to financial distress. One of the most frustrating features of the disorder is that even if you know that your worries are irrational, you are unable to stop them.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder include:

  • Overwhelming anxiety and self-consciousness in social situations
  • Excessive worry about future social interactions
  • Deep fear of humiliation, being watched, and being judged
  • Fear of others noticing that you are anxious
  • Fear that you will display physical symptoms of anxiety such as trembling, blushing, or your voice shaking
  • Obsessively replaying social situations to analyze your behavior and magnify perceived social mistakes
  • Feeling socially inept
  • Avoiding social situations and minimizing interactions with others

At Bridges to Recovery, we recognize the special barriers to treatment inherent to the illness, and strive to create a warm, comfortable environment where you feel understood and accepted. Our clinicians have years of experience treating people with Social Anxiety Disorder, and deep awareness of the emotional limits you have in social situations that helps them create positive therapeutic experiences. Our small size (no more than 6 clients at a time) can minimize intimidation and allow you to integrate into a social milieu with the guidance of compassionate professionals and supportive peers. The group environment also allows you to practice your newfound skills and increase your tolerance of social situations. Because Social Anxiety often requires long-term treatment, we work with you and your outpatient team to produce an aftercare plan that lays out continuation of care for after you leave Bridges. By ensuring that you have the resources you need to maintain your progress, we help you create long-lasting wellness. Social Anxiety does not have to rule your life; through innovative treatment, you can gain confidence in your ability to navigate social interactions and develop the coping mechanisms you need to live the life you want.