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Feel Relief from Anxiety Around Others | Social Anxiety Therapist Near You

Social Anxiety Therapy can help you step into social confidence at a comfortable pace. Through gentle exploration of the sources of your anxieties, you can become free of them and experience social freedom and calmness. Social anxiety therapy is a chance to break the chains the keep you feeling shy, awkward, and self-conscious. Who will you become when you’re free of these?

How You May Be Struggling with Social Anxiety

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Social anxiety can come from many places, including genetics, role modeling (having socially anxious parents), and painful first-hand experiences. Some common causes of social anxiety include:

  • Being bullied at school
  • Excessive teasing from others
  • Embarrassing social experiences
  • Negative experiences with your teachers
  • Family dynamics with excessive criticism and lack of warmth

And more.

Social anxiety can last a lifetime if unaddressed. Over time, it can lead to social isolation, lack of friends, a general sense of disconnection, career stagnation, and trouble in the romantic sphere.

However, social anxiety is now treatable! When you join me for social anxiety therapy online, we’ll get to the root causes and address them – once and for all.

What Happens During Social Anxiety Therapy?

When you join me for therapy, we’ll start with creating the safest space possible for you to share your story. This is done with the utmost respect and compassion for what happened to you.

You didn’t choose to have social anxiety. So we’ll work with gentle compassion in uprooting it. You’ll leave feeling free to express your music.

 

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Tools for Social Anxiety

  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – a long-winded way to describe a simple therapy. First, we’ll look at memories that may have caused you social anxiety. Then, we’ll help your brain process that memory and store it away without the same emotional charge. EMDR is simple, effective, and can be done with or without talking. The end result is that you feel much more free in social situations.

     

  • Somatic Work – Social anxiety can leave us tense, defensive, and guarded. Somatic Work is the process of feeling into these anxious, guarded energies and moving through them. With somatic work, you can release these energies for good and experience a fresh start. It’s safe, effective, and very calming. Are you ready for relief?

With these modalities on your side, you can experience:

  • Relief from embarrassing memories
  • An understanding of the things you’ve endured
  • Progressive improvement in social freedom and self-expression
  • Stronger self-esteem and relationships with others
  • Closer connections with others, both important and casual
  • Internal freedom that leads to new life opportunities
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Meet Your Social Anxiety Therapist

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Hi, I’m Sonia Diaz-Ebadi. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in both Nevada and California. I currently live in Las Vegas where I offer online therapy to clients like you.

A lot of us with social anxiety have trouble feeling safe with others, so this is a big focus of our work. I’ll do my best to help you feel like you can just BE. You, your pain, and your inner pain are welcome here. My relational skills – building rapport, trust, alliance, and attunement – will help us build a fruitful therapeutic relationship.

Over the last 15 years, I’ve seen countless clients who have social anxiety. So, I’m here to provide the container for your healing process to occur. No matter the cause of your social shyness and anxiety, I’m here to support you through it.

Clients tell me I’m relaxed, engaging, and easy to open up with. I hope we can work together to help you move past your painful social experiences, and give your inner self a new voice!

-Sonia Diaz-Ebadi, LMFT in Nevada and California

What Types of Social Anxiety Can I Help You Overcome?

Social Anxiety and Social Phobia

You know that intense fear of being judged or embarrassed in social situations? It’s like you’re on a stage all the time, right? Well, you’re not alone, and it’s something we can navigate together. Through our sessions, we’ll work on strategies that help you step into social scenes feeling more secure and less worried about others’ opinions. It’s about finding your comfort zone and expanding it, bit by bit.

General Shyness

Feeling a bit like a wallflower? If mingling at parties or even starting a conversation feels daunting, I’m here to help. We’ll explore what’s behind that shyness and gradually build your confidence. Imagine being able to join a group chat or make new friends without that inner voice holding you back. It’s all about taking small, manageable steps towards being more at ease with others.

Public Speaking Anxiety

The thought of speaking in front of others makes your palms sweat, doesn’t it? You’re not the only one. Many of my clients have transformed from dreading presentations to handling them with grace. Together, we’ll tackle those fears head-on, with techniques to manage anxiety and project confidence. Soon, you’ll find your voice and maybe even enjoy the spotlight. Or at least not fear it as much.

Performance Anxiety

Whether it’s playing an instrument, dancing, or any performance, that rush of anxiety is real. But what if you could channel that energy positively? We’ll work on techniques to calm those nerves and boost your confidence, so you can focus on enjoying your talent. Let’s turn those moments of dread into opportunities to shine.

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Join Social Anxiety Therapy Today. Experience a Freer Existence.

The only thing between you and the following benefits is starting therapy.

    • Process socially painful memories for good

    • Experience relief so you feel free and confident with others

    • Develop healthy self-esteem and maybe even become a leader

    • Give your younger self the care and guidance you needed to feel socially confident

    • Release the stress that’s lingered in your body from past memories

    • Get support from a therapist who cares about you and your story

    • Find your voice and express your inner music

How to Start Therapy for Social Anxiety

When you start therapy to heal the traumas you’ve experienced, expect a simple process.

Step One: Fill out my contact form and share as much or as little as you feel comfortable sharing.

Step Two: Start with a free 15-minute consultation.

Step Three: Continue meeting me for weekly therapy until we get you to a better place.

My session rate is $175 per 50-minute session. Most clients come weekly.

Currently, I am 100% remote. This means we’ll meet for online therapy using a secure telehealth platform. Don’t worry, all your information is private and confidential.

Lastly, I am not in-network with any insurance carriers. Need to use your insurance? I will provide you with the right documentation to help you get reimbursement and help you navigate that process. 

Contact me now using the form below. I’ll respond within 48 hours (not including weekends).

Contact Me for Social Anxiety Therapy in NV or CA

While the word “cured” might imply a permanent fix, for social anxiety, it’s more about learning to manage and significantly reduce its impact on your life. With the right strategies and support, you can navigate social situations more confidently and feel less controlled by anxiety. Many women find that their symptoms become much less intense and less frequent, enabling them to enjoy interactions they once feared. So, while “cure” might not be the term, transformation and empowerment are entirely within reach.

In adults, social anxiety isn’t just about being shy. It’s the stomach-churning fear of judgment in social situations, leading to avoidance of gatherings, difficulty making eye contact, or a sense of blanking out in conversations. You might overanalyze your interactions or fear meeting new people. It’s not uncommon to experience physical symptoms, too, like sweating, blushing, or a racing heart. Remember, though, these are signs of your anxiety at work, not your worth. And it’s possible to navigate through this, together.

Overcoming social anxiety starts with understanding that your feelings are valid, but they don’t have to control your life. Together, we’ll explore gentle, step-by-step strategies to challenge the anxious thoughts and gradually face the social situations you’ve been avoiding. We’ll build up your toolbox of coping techniques, from deep breathing to positive self-talk, empowering you to navigate social interactions with increasing confidence. It’s a journey of small victories, leading to big changes in how you connect with the world around you.

The best therapy for social anxiety often combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with supportive techniques tailored to your unique experience. CBT helps reframe the thoughts fueling your anxiety, teaching you practical skills to navigate social situations more confidently. Sometimes, integrating approaches like EMDR can also address underlying memories contributing to your anxiety. Every journey is personal, and together, we’ll find the blend that resonates with you, paving the way for a life where social anxiety no longer holds the reins.

Yes, EMDR can be quite effective for social anxiety. It’s a bit like a gentle journey back through time, allowing us to find and heal the moments that planted the seeds of anxiety. By reprocessing these memories, you can start to see your fears in a new light, reducing their power over you. Many of my clients have found EMDR to be a turning point, helping them move past old patterns and embrace social situations with newfound confidence and ease.

If social anxiety is left to bloom unchecked, it can grow roots deep into every corner of life. It might start as a whisper of hesitation but can swell into a chorus of avoidance, impacting friendships, career opportunities, and personal growth. Over time, this can lead to feelings of loneliness, a dip in self-esteem, and even depression. The good news? It’s never too late to address it. Together, we can work to gently untangle the web of anxiety, opening doors to a fuller, more connected life.