Social Anxiety Therapy | San Jose/Saratoga | Sacramento/Roseville

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Social Anxiety | San Jose/Saratoga | Sacramento/Roseville

Social Anxiety EraserAt the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (Saratoga/San Jose) and Sacramento Valley (Roseville), we offer cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for social anxiety, performance anxiety and related issues. Our social anxiety therapy approach at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center is practical, goal-oriented, compassionate, and scientifically-based while focusing on your individual needs.

We are a regional center of the National Social Anxiety Center | Silicon Valley / Sacramento Valley. The National Social Anxiety Center is a prestigious group of centers around the country offering evidence-based social anxiety treatment by certified cognitive therapists.

Social Anxiety Group in San Jose/Saratoga

Our Social Anxiety Group in our Saratoga office starts on Monday, January 25th, 2016. Click here to learn more about our social anxiety group.

What is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety disorder is a strong fear of being judged or evaluated by others and worry about what others are thinking if you. Social anxiety is characterized by a fear of embarrassment, criticism or rejection that causes you to feel extremely insecure in social situations and think you are not competent or likeable or as good as other people. Most people have felt anxious or embarrassed at one time or another in a social situation. For example, meeting new people or giving a speech can make anyone nervous. If you have social anxiety disorder, your fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things. You may worry for days or weeks before attending a social event and ruminate excessively about what you said or did afterwards, or avoid social situations completely.

Social anxiety can be very specific to a certain situation or it may occur across many types of social situations. Examples of situations where social anxiety might be present include parties and social events, talking with a group of people, speaking up at work meetings, giving a speech, raising your hand in a classroom, being called on unexpectedly to answer a question, talking to authority figures, making calls, and a variety of other social situations.

Social anxiety can manifest itself in different ways. We treat all types of social anxiety  including:

  • Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Type
  • Public Speaking Anxiety
  • Work-Related Social and Performance Anxiety
  • Selective Mutism
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Dating Anxiety
  • Fear of Showing Symptoms of Social Anxiety
  • Fear of Eating in Public
  • Fear of Writing in Public
  • Shy Bladder Syndrome
  • Avoidant Personality

We also work with issues related or often confused with social anxiety including:

  • Shyness
  • Introversion
  • High Sensitivity aka the “Highly Sensitive Person”
  • Social Communication Difficulties

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

  • Feeling extremely self-conscious and/or embarrassed in front of other people
  • Feeling very anxious about being with other people and having a hard time thinking of what to say when you are with another person or a group of people
  • Being very afraid other people with judge you negatively
  • Worrying for days, or even weeks, in advance of a social event
  • Avoiding social situations and events due to social concerns
  • Having a hard time making and/or keeping friends
  • Blushing, sweating or trembling when you are around other people
  • Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach when you are with other people
  • Having extreme physical reactions or other severe anxiety or panic symptoms when you are with other people or thinking about going to a social event

Do you have social anxiety? Click here to take a quiz to find out.

Cognitive Behavioral Model of Social Anxiety

In the cognitive behavioral model of social anxiety, social anxiety is maintained by the following:

  • Beliefs that you are inadequate compared to other people, that you don’t have the appropriate skills and/or that other people will judge you harshly.
  • A belief that the anxiety symptoms you experience in social situations are intolerable.
  • Behaviors that make you feel safe in the short term but prevent you from learning. Safety behaviors can include avoidance, drinking alcohol, arriving early or leaving late, bringing a friend and many others.
Cognitive Behavior Treatment of Social Anxiety

The goal of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is to help you have new learning experiences to change the beliefs and behaviors that are maintaining your social anxiety. The main components of cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety are:

  • Education: education about how social anxiety starts and is maintained.
  • Assessment: identifying the thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that are maintaining your social anxiety today and developing a hierarchy of feared social situations.
  • Skills Training: teaching you new social skills, gaining new coping skills and eliminating safety behaviors.
  • Exposure: exposing yourself in a gradual manner to feared social situations so you can practice new responses.
  • Cognitive Restructuring: forming new beliefs about your ability to cope with social situations.
How to Get Help for Social Anxiety in Saratoga/San Jose and Sacramento/Roseville

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (San Jose/Saratoga) and Sacramento Valley (Roseville) offers evidence-based therapy treatment for children, teens and adults with social anxiety. For more information or to make an appointment, contact us at (408) 384-8404 in Saratoga or at (916) 778-0771 in Roseville or click here to send an email.

Silicon Valley and Sacramento Valley Communities We Serve

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley offers evidence-based therapy for Anxiety, OCD and Eating Disorders near the following Silicon Valley/San Jose communities:

San Jose Therapy CounselingSaratoga Therapy CounselingLos Gatos Therapy Counseling Monte Sereno Therapy Counseling • Cupertino Therapy CounselingCampbell Therapy CounselingMountain View Therapy CounselingLos Altos Therapy CounselingSunnyvale Therapy CounselingSanta Clara Therapy Counseling

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley offers evidence-based therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorders near the following Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities:

Sacramento Therapy CounselingRoseville Therapy Counseling • Rocklin Therapy Counseling • Granite Bay Therapy Counseling • Lincoln Therapy CounselingFolsom Therapy Counseling • Citrus Heights Therapy Counseling •  El Dorado Hills Therapy Counseling • Loomis Therapy CounselingGrass Valley Therapy Counseling  • Auburn Therapy Counseling

Saratoga: (408) 384-8404
Roseville: (916) 778-1770
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