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Social anxiety can create immense suffering

Social anxiety disorder is one of the most painful forms of anxiety and can cause extreme suffering, especially for teens and young adults. Many older adults also suffer from social anxiety and it can destroy their relationships, business dealings and careers.

Sometimes there are other symptoms such as blushing, though plenty of people have other symptoms of social anxiety without blushing. 

I used to suffer from terrible social anxiety as a teenager and as an adult, so I understand these issues very, very well and I want to help anyone who is suffering to resolve any type of social anxiety.

Possible signs and symptoms of social anxiety

  • Excessive fear or worry about social situations
  • Easily embarrassed
  • Excessive self-consciousness
  • Cold, clammy, or sweaty hands or extremities, sometimes over-heating
  • Accelerated heartbeat, fast pulse, palpitations
  • Difficulty writing, speaking, walking, performing in front of others
  • Fear of humiliation
  • Fear of rejection
  • Excessive fear of criticism and judgement
  • Considerable fear and avoidance of being with strangers
  • Excessive worry that others will see or know you are anxious
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Avoiding being the center of attention
  • Do not like being introduced to people
  • Avoid calling attention to self in school, raising hand in class
  • Fear being called on or asked a question in a group or meeting
  • Mind may go blank when feeling anxious
  • May stutter, have shaky voice, mispronounce words or use wrong words
  • Tendency to isolate from and avoid people and social situations
  • A feeling of wanting to hide, to be invisible
  • Overwhelmed easily

People with social anxiety may also:

  • Have poor social skills
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Don’t like to be the center of attention
  • Have a blushing or flushing problem
  • Be under-achievers
  • Not assert themselves
  • Be highly self-critical, and judgmental
  • Be highly sensitive
  • Develop skin conditions or rashes
  • Avoid or fear physical contact
  • Have difficulties with intimacy and sexuality
  • Have trouble concentrating or being focused in public or around other people
  • May develop depression and other psychological conditions
  • May avoid getting promotions or rewards, to avoid getting attention put on them
  • Have body and self-image issues
  • Suffer from perfectionism
  • Have food, alcohol and drug addictions
  • Suffer from PTSD
  • Be suicidal
  • Live isolated, lonely lives
  • Fail to form healthy, long-term satisfying relationships
  • Fail to thrive

What kind of psychotherapy works best for social anxiety and blushing?

A combination of the following:
  • Mindfulness-based
  • Somatic, body-orientated
  • Gestalt
  • Focusing (Gendlin)
  • EMDR
  • Transpersonal
  • EFT (Tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques)
  • Person-centered
  • Relational
  • Heart-centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Experiential
  • Energy-based
  • Positive
  • Compassionate
  • Holistic

I offer all of the above psychotherapy approaches and will identify which combination works best for you.

If you are ready to be free of social anxiety

Schedule a thirty-minute consultation by using the link below. After the session you will understand my approach and have a better understanding of how to move forward.  

I look forward to meeting you and helping you too become free. 

“I just wanted to reach out to thank you for your counseling you provided while I was first going into graduate school. You helped me find confidence in myself and get a hold on my anxiety at a time that I was unsure I was capable of going through with continuing school.  Thank you for all you do and the impact you made on my life. I hope this finds you well and certainly have you in mind if I am looking for counseling in the future.”

Eric Kinney, Au.D. | Boulder, CO