Social Anxiety – Dr Amanda White

Dr Amanda White   Quals: PhD, B Psych (Hons), B Beh Sc, DipH, MAPS.

Social Anxiety: Skill development is an integral part of overcoming social anxiety, a common and debilitating disorder that can negatively affect the capacity to build or maintain successful relationships.

Counselling Approach: I am an eclectic-base therapist, which means we will develop a tailored treatment plan according to your assessed issues and treatment goals. Research has shown both cognitive behavioural and interpersonal therapies to be effective treatments for social anxiety. Strategies from these treatments form a solid and reliable base for tailored programs.

Current Availability: Dr White’s books are currently closed to new clients. Please Visit the M1 Psychology website for details on other suitable psychologists.

Fees: Usually $220 for 50 min consultations. Initial Consultation $260.

Dr Amanda White PsychologistPractice Location:
Loganholme – Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments:
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now.

Website: amandawhitepsychology.com

 

 

Social Anxiety – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, MAPS.

Social Anxiety: Shyness is a lovely trait…..shy people are great listeners, thinkers and observers and often possessors of great insight and wisdom.  Shyness is not a disorder, despite the predominance of extroverts in our ‘look at me!’ society.  Social anxiety, however can be severely distressing if it prevents sufferers from social activities they would otherwise enjoy, or need to do, such as  walking down a shopping mall, going to any sort of social gathering where people they are not very familiar with might be, going to school, taking classes at tertiary educational institutions and going to job interviews.  When such individuals do force themselves into these situations, it can be agonizing, believing everyone is judging them negatively and that any such judgments are an accurate assessment of their inadequacy as a person.  This sets off the threat response, the brain and body’s response to a dangerous situation and is intensely uncomfortable causing any number of sensations such as shakiness, nausea, faintness, speech paralysis, increased  heart rate.  The experience is so distressing it increases the motivation to avoid social situations of any kind.

Social anxiety is mostly a learned response to social interactions, although children with sensitive and very perceptive temperaments may be more vulnerable to developing this disorder.  Causes may be abusive parenting, or highly critical parents who may themselves suffer from anxiety and perfectionism.  Bullying at school, especially if based around a child’s physical appearance may be the starter for social phobias.  The constant blizzard of visual media images selling the message that photogenic bodies and faces are a prerequisite for happiness, success and social acceptability may foster severe social insecurities.  People whose schooling was made difficult when a specific learning disability was not diagnosed, may have lost self-confidence in their intellect and abilities as they felt ‘stupid’ in comparison to their peers .  An early  speech impairment that an otherwise very intelligent child might struggle with  may also give rise to self-perceptions of inadequacy in adolescence and adult life,  even when such individuals have long overcome their difficulties and  are successful in their personal and working lives.

Counselling Approach: With adults, I start with learning as much as I can from the client on the particular characteristics of their fears around social interactions and then work with the client to gain an understanding of how these fears may have developed.  I then show a simple visual demonstration and illustration of the neurology of the threat response and the physiological effects in an individual to explain why controlled breathing and relaxation techniques help reduce these effects that cause such discomfort when around other people.  Training then begins with learning these techniques.

The second phase involves teaching behavioural strategies on how to manage fear in social interactions beginning with small steps where self-calming strategies can be successfully employed, slowly increasing, in accordance with the client’s ability and comfort , levels of social interactions in a variety of situations.  Finally, I teach cognitive strategies to help the client notice, non-judgmentally, their unhelpful, self-critical thoughts, learning to consciously challenge them with more realistic thinking helping down-regulate the threat response when mixing with other people or managing feared public outings.  Success, for the client, is immensely liberating and offers the opportunity to experience many  fulfilling, enriching opportunities he or she may have avoided in the past.Susanne Gilmour (1)

Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks.. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

Social Anxiety – Amanda Hansen

Amanda Hansen   Quals: B Psych, MAPS

Social Anxiety: Some people experience high levels of anxiety relating to social situations. Many worry about embarrassing themselves or being judged negatively and subsequently find themselves avoiding social interaction.

Counselling Approach: Through the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) we can explore the thoughts associated with the anxiety and implement strategies to assist in overcoming this. In addition to identifying and challenging negative thinking patterns, the use of mindfulness techniques can assist you to make room for uncomfortable and difficult emotions, and take values-guided action.

Amanda Hansen Brisbane PsychologistCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: $180 for a standard 60 minute consultation; $220 for initial consult (60 – 90 mins). Medicare and health refunds may apply; please enquire when booking.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt.

Appointments: 1800 877 924  or book Amanda Hansen online now!

Social Anxiety – Laura Fleming

Laura Fleming    Quals: BA&Sc, Grad Dip Psych, M Psych (Forensic).

Social Anxiety: Laura works with clients who experience social anxiety. The never ending internal voice that comments on everything we do points out our faults or that everyone is looking at us when trying to engage in activities with others. This can be devastating and lead to isolation. Learning strategies to manage the negative inner voice can lead to positive life experiences.

Counselling Approach: Laura works from a client-centred perspective – listening to the story of the client and letting the client set the goals, whilst utilising her psychological skills to assist the client to develop their own skills to achieve their goals. This can incorporate aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) including Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy. She is experienced in working with young people from various cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Laura Fleming Psychologist BrisbaneFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $180/hr and $220 initial appt. Medicare and health rebates may apply.

Availability: Usually within a week.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129 or book Laura Fleming online now!