Access Online Treatment for Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) also known as social phobia is one of the most common anxiety disorders. While approximately 12% of the population have social anxiety disorder, a whopping 7 out of 10 of us have some degree of social phobia. It is recognised by an intense fear of one or more social situations causing considerable distress and impacting on daily life.

Although many people worry about social situations and approval by others, individuals with social anxiety disorder will spend considerable time worrying prior to, during and following a social situation. Some common fears that present is appearing incompetent, appearing embarrassed, (blushing, shaking and sweating) or being evaluated by someone in a position of authority (such as a teacher, police officer, or another authority figure). There are a number of challenging physical anxiety symptoms, such as nausea, redness, shaking, stuttering) that can appear and some people go on to experience panic attacks.

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Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Social Anxiety

It is a complex anxiety disorder that can have debilitating effects on an individuals life, preventing someone from forming relationships, developing friendships, achieving with work and hobbies. Many individuals with a social anxiety disorder  (SAD) make important life choices around this condition which has led some people to refer to it as the “illness of lost opportunities”.

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Often this anxiety disorder starts as a child or adolescent and many people go on to suffer for years experiencing problems with confidence and self-esteem before finally seeking professional help. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for social anxiety. It involves uncovering and understanding unhelpful beliefs and behaviour patterns. Overcoming social anxiety involves modifying unhelpful thoughts, introducing helpful behavioural approaches to feared situations and updating underlying core beliefs. It does require a commitment, Positive Mind Works offers weekly online telehealth sessions with a psychologist. The length of treatment depends on individual circumstances but can be anywhere from 4 to 16 sessions.

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Dr Simon Barritt – Psychiatrist



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Lindy Leitner

Psychologist with General Registration PSY0001126750

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Natalie Reynolds

Natalie Reynolds

New Zealand Registered Psychologist

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