Anxiety is often seen as a collective ball. An all-encompassing state of being that you either have or don’t have. But in reality, there are various forms of anxiety that one could struggle with (and they are not all optimally treated by the same therapeutic approaches as the other).
One of my specialties in my practice is working with people who struggle with various forms of anxiety, including social anxiety. And it’s a consensus that small talk is a thorn in most people’s sides. Small talk is something that has the appearance of being easy — and some people do master the art of … More Why Small Talk Causes Anxiety
Anxiety really does suck. Ask anyone going through the difficulties of being invaded by anxiety. It sucks the life out of you. I’ve seen many people in my practice who come in struggling with the effects of anxiety — the chronic worrying, rumination, difficulty slowing down physiologically and/or mentally, trouble socializing in many cases, difficulty … More Anxiety Sucks…Literally
In my practice, one of my specialties is working with people who struggle with various types of anxiety. One of the themes I see almost across the board with anxiety is the comfort zone with silencing one’s own voice — whether it’s out of fear of rejection, judgment, or otherwise. This has a far-reaching impact … More The Impact of Silencing Your Voice
I recently went out to a social event — a friend’s gathering in the park. I was feeling so socially anxious that I just didn’t know what to say to people. Occasionally I was able to say ‘hi’ to someone, or someone would approach me and I was able to engage in a little bit … More Does Anxiety Make You Off-Putting?
Starting a relationship with a therapist is very personal and can be nerve-racking for many. It’s hard to know who’s going to be a good fit without taking the time to meet a few. There are many posts out there that offer tips on how to find a good therapist. However, each time someone releases a … More 6 Suggestions for Choosing a Therapist
Please click on either of the following links if you haven’t read part 1 or part 2 of this social anxiety series. With social anxiety, people can get caught up in trying to be agreeable. For example: “That sounds good!”, “How nice!”, “How neat!”, That’s really cool!”, “That’s awesome!”, etc. (There are reasons for this … More Social Anxiety: Genuine Interest