Social anxiety is defined as “an overwhelming fear of social situations, with symptoms ranging from a sense of dread about socialising to terrifying panic attacks”.
Fiona Thomas is a mental health blogger who writes openly about depression and her social anxiety experiences.
In her Metro article she describes how it can feel so impossible to overcome that sufferers become very introverted and stop doing things that induce the negative feelings. She details what it’s like to get ready for a night out when you suffer with social anxiety.
The Counselling Foundation are running a course to boost social confidence in the new year to help those struggling with anxiety to overcome their fears, the Saturday morning funded course is particularly relevant at this time of year with the many festive and New Year celebrations.
Over 7 weeks our Clinical Psychologist Jenny Manfrinati will give time to individual needs and lead the group in:
Exploring the causes of anxiety and how to overcome them
Learning mindfulness techniques
Practising how to invest in relationships
Identifying your goals and how to achieve them
The course is funded with the support of St Albans City and District Council.
Tags: Charitable counselling, free confidence course, mental health