Social anxiety can cause distress due to fear of being negatively judged by others. Many of us can recognise situations in which we have felt anxious or self-conscious in a social setting. Perhaps you have experienced feeling anxious speaking up in meetings, answering questions in an interview or having to give a talk in front of classmates or work colleagues. Having experienced these feelings, we then tend to dread similar situations.
Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) for Social Anxiety is used to change our irrational and unhelpful thinking and beliefs and replace them with rational thinking patterns. This can be a very effective treatment, but for some people, they continue to experience unpleasant symptoms.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy that rather than reframing the situation, teaches us to accept the that we might feel anxious, work out how important it is for us to change, and finally commit to a plan of action.
As an experienced ACT therapist of over ten years, I am committed to helping my clients manage their anxiety.