Social anxiety is characterized by the persistent fear of social situations, including interacting with others, meeting new people, any scenario that may require a performance of some kind, eating in public, and so much more. The fear is often in regards to not being good enough, feeling humiliated, offending or bothering someone, looking stupid, or generally negatively evaluated. It is a struggle that can be debilitating and leave you feeling completely isolated and alone.
In truth, social anxiety is so much more than fearing social situations. There are physiological reactions that occur and that seemingly take over (such as a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, flushing, etc.), constant negative thoughts about yourself, rumination, low self-esteem, and avoidance - all of which can lead to a life that feels impossible to cope with. If this is what you are experiencing, I want you to know first and foremost that you are not alone. Many other people struggle with social anxiety and many also learn to work through their fears so that they are no longer a slave to them. You can, too.
In our work together, I am committed to supporting you in taking steps to better manage your fears when they arise as well as work on healing the deeper root behind them. It is possible to move forward into the life that you truly desire.