Social anxiety is the most common anxiety disorder and the third most common mental health condition in the United States. Social anxiety disorder affects roughly 15 million adults each year and typically begins around age 13 (for more information on statistics about social anxiety disorder, visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America here). Although only one-third of individuals suffering from anxiety disorders receive treatment, social anxiety symptoms and social anxiety disorder are very treatable in a time-limited fashion.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the gold-standard, evidence-based treatment for social anxiety disorder. Dr. Chapman is a recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of social anxiety disorder and has published numerous articles describing CBT for social anxiety in addition to describing social anxiety treatment in the media/social media. Dr. Chapman also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety (for information on social anxiety and Dr. Chapman’s role with AKFSA clickhere). Through the utilization of CBT, Dr. Chapman teaches each client to become his or her “own Psychologist” through the use of evidence-based techniques which generally takes placein 9-12 sessions. Treatment of social anxiety includes the following components:
Psychoeducation about the nature of social anxiety including what causes social anxiety
Teaching clients to recognize the three components of social anxiety and the three components of treatment (which includes homework)
Teaching clients to treat thoughts as hypotheses rather than facts
The importance of gradually confronting social anxiety-provoking situations after the aforementioned skills are learned