Social Anxiety – Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper    Quals: B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clinical), MAPS

Social Anxiety: For most people, it is perfectly normal to feel a little bit nervous in situations where we might be scrutinised by others e.g., giving a speech or going alone to a party, however for people with social anxiety, being the focus of other people’s attention can be extremely distressing. They may fear being criticised, embarrassed or humiliated, even in the most ordinary, everyday situations e.g., going to work, eating in a restaurant. Research suggests that 10 per cent of the Australian population experiences social phobia in a lifetime so these feelings are extremely common. The good news is that they are highly treatable and respond well to counselling.

Counselling Approach: There are many effective treatment options to help individuals reduce their social anxiety . Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are two of the best supported treatment approaches. These approaches involve identifying the thoughts associated with the anxiety and  implementing strategies to overcome the fear. Additionally, relaxation and mindfulness based techniques can be useful for individual’s to gain some control over their anxiety responses which can be extremely empowering.

Ashley Cooper PsychologistFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr (initial appt $260). Medicare and health rebates may apply.

Availability: Usually within a week.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments: 1800 877 924  or book Ashley Cooper online now!