Online Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder via Skype

Online Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder via Skype


Welcome. My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist specializing
in mindfulness therapy, which is very effective for the treatment of anxiety and depression. I also work with a lot of people who suffer
from social anxiety disorder. So if you’re interested in online treatment
for social anxiety that does not use medications but that uses mindfulness therapy, then please
contact me and ask any questions you may have about this approach. Mindfulness Therapy is designed to teach you
how to work with the anxiety directly. How to overcome that anxiety, how to break
free from the habit that creates anxiety in social situations. The approach, really, is a combination of
classical mindfulness therapy techniques that I have developed over the years and mindfulness-based
exposure therapy. So this is a slightly more refined form of
exposure therapy that is made effective by training before you do your exposures. So an exposure is simply going into a social
situation that generates anxiety. But doing this in a very strategic way and
planning and preparing and training before you undertake a particular exposure. So that’s really what makes mindfulness-based
exposure therapy different than classical exposure therapy. We train for each exposure event, or challenge,
by meditating on that particular situation. We play it through in the mind and we look
for any anxiety that gets triggered as we imagine going into that particular social
situation. When we encounter the anxiety we then meditate
on that anxiety using mindfulness. So mindfulness meditation is extremely powerful
for working with the mind, with working with emotions and reactive thoughts. Basically we learn to change the relationship
that we have with the anxiety. You change it from an unconscious reactive
habit to a conscious relationship that is based on compassion. Essentially we are helping that anxiety heal
and that’s the primary focus of our training, is to heal the anxiety that typically gets
triggered out of habit. We work with it using a variety of techniques
that I will explain to you and teach you during our online therapy sessions. Basically we learn to develop compassion for
the anxiety itself. Seeing it very much the same way we might
see a child who is frightened. We learn to embrace that child and develop
a conscious and friendly relationship with it because that is exactly what a child would
need to overcome it’s fear. We need to do the same thing with our own
emotions, our own inner fears. We need to develop a strong and non-reactive
relationship with that internal fear and that is based on friendliness and compassion. This is what works. This is what has been tried and tested over
and over again. The real problem with social anxiety and other
anxiety disorders in general, is not only the reactivity that feeds the anxiety but
the reactivity of avoidance and aversion, whereby we we try to escape the anxiety, and
we do this by trying to escape those social situations. But if you fall into the habit of reacting
with avoidance or aversion towards your own fear you will simply strengthen that fear. So we do not under any circumstances cultivate
any kind of avoidance, but rather we turn it around and we turn those situations into
challenges that we work with using mindfulness, as a way of strengthening our ability to overcome
that anxiety habit. And this approach works extremely well. If you do this kind of strategic approach
to social anxiety you will see dramatic changes often with in the first three or four sessions. It’s all about changing the habit of reactivity
and learning how to work with those habits using mindfulness. If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness-based
exposure therapy and mindfulness therapy in general for working with anxiety then please
go to my website and e-mail me with any questions you might have, and when you feel ready e-mail
me to schedule an online therapy session via Skype. All my sessions are via Skype and they work
extremely well and even after the first session you’ll start to see results when you start
applying the mindfulness methods that I will teach you. So please contact me if this interests you
and you would like to overcome your social anxiety without resorting to medications. Medications are not a reliable treatment for
social anxiety disorder. They only reduce symptoms but they do not
treat the underlying habit, the psychological habit that causes your anxiety. If you want to fully recover and get back
to a position of complete confidence again you must address the underlying psychological
habits. So please contact me if this interests you
and we can get started and you will see for yourself after the first few sessions just
how powerful mindfulness therapy is for anxiety. Thank You.

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