You don't have to suffer with social anxiety...we can help
Social anxiety disorder is much more than "shyness". It can be intense fear and anxiety over simple everyday activities.
If you suffer with social anxiety you may be familiar about worrying about certain social situations. You will be aware of how you worry excessively about them before, during and afterwards.
Signs of social anxiety disorder

If you suffer with social anxiety disorder may dread everyday activities, such as:
Meeting strangers
Talking in groups or starting conversations
Speaking on the telephone
Talking to authority figures
Working
Eating or drinking with company
Shopping
Have low self-esteem and feel insecure about their relationships
Fear being criticised
Avoid eye-to-eye contact
Misuse drugs or alcohol to try to reduce their anxiety
Panic attacks

The fear of a social situation can sometimes build up to a panic attack, where you feel an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety. This usually only lasts a few minutes but can feel a lot longer.
What causes social anxiety disorder?

As with many mental health conditions, social anxiety disorder is most probably the result of a combination of genetic, environmental factors or life experiences.
Anxiety disorders often run in families, so you're more likely to have social anxiety disorder if a close family member is affected.
The behaviour of parents may also have an influence on whether you will develop social anxiety disorder. If you have worried or anxious parents, it can often affect your ability to cope with anxiety during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
People with social anxiety disorder often describe their parents as:
Overprotective 
Not affectionate enough
Constantly criticising them and worrying they may do something wrong
Overemphasising the importance of manners and grooming
Exaggerating the danger of approaching strangers
Whatever the causes of your social anxiety, there's one things for sure; you dont have to accept that you are stuck with it.
After suffering with crippling anxiety for so many years I felt so defeated and at my wits end.  Then I thought I would take one last shot and I contacted Paul....making that decision, has been the best thing I could have ever done for myself.  After working together over just a few short months, I hardly recognise myself any more.  
I feel free and able to use everything Paul has shown me with a new found confidence. I felt completely supported, challenged and yet comforted throughout the whole process.  It has completely changed my life, I am now in a place I truly never thought I would be and I will forever be thankful. B.A. Buntingford
You can also develop social anxiety due to your own life experiences; experiences that have had a severe negative impact on your day to day living.
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Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
As an experienced and professional therapist using skills of counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, I combine these various therapeutic approaches and at the same time utilising your resources to work in the most efficient way possible.
Please take your time to have a look around all of the pages on this website where you will find further details about the treatments on offer. 
This will help to diminish the unwanted symptoms you experience. I can help you  establish highly effective and successful strategies that you are able to use easily, to be free from the negative ways you currently respond to your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
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If you suffer with social anxiety and would like to contact me, I would be delighted to discuss how I can help you and to explore the issues you want to work with.  You can contact me anytime on 07584 492254.
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We use 2 main therapies to create effective relief from social anxiety. These are cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. CBT focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for challenging the worrying thoughts you experience.

How does CBT for social anxiety work?



Our CBT sessions for social anxiety work to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which trigger your anxieties. Developing CBT skills will help you challenge your negative and sometimes irrational thinking which in turn can change the way you feel about them and enable you to change your responses.

Mindfulness for social anxiety



Our mindfulness sessions for social anxiety work very effectively when combined with CBT. Our experience shows that people struggle with the feelings of anxiety they experience. In order to reduce this anxiety, the sufferer will use all sorts of avoidence techniques to reduce the anxiety and in doing so creates a viscious cycle.
Mindfulness works by helping the anxiety sufferer to create a relaxed and settled frame of mind. We teach people how to 'front' the anxiety rather than running away from it. With continued exposure practice, sufferers of social anxiety learn to manage these situations in a more positive way
Social anxiety is completely treatable. Our approach to therapy will help you manage the OCD in achievable steps. With each successful step, you will develop the confidence to move forward.
Step by step you will be helped to expose yourself to your feared social interactions, starting with the least anxiety provoking first. This is called 'exposure and response prevention'. You will learn that you can face the situations that your mind views as hostile and that you can learn to manage the anxiety.
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