Social Phobia – Social Phobia Treatment – Treatment for Social Phobia
The Berent Method: High Performance Therapy for Social Anxiety
This information is the result of providing treatment to thousands of individuals of all ages since 1978. The following description of the Berent methodology is for individuals who have “initiative” for the healing process.
High performance therapy for social anxiety, performance anxiety, and extreme shyness is based on an integration of core work with technique. Core work includes the process of helping the patient resolve the core emotions of embarrassment, shame, and humiliation associated with excessive nervous system activity. At the root of the anxiety-driven visceral response are historically learned negative associations to adrenaline concurrent with the emotionality of a nurturing deficit and the resulting self-esteem challenge. Read More
The essential feature of social phobia, as defined in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), is a marked and persistent fear of social or performance situations in which embarrassment may occur. Exposure to the social or performance situation almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety response. Anticipatory anxiety (obsessive worry) may occur far in advance of the upcoming social or performance situation. Most often, the social or performance situation is avoided, although it is sometimes endured with dread. Treatment for social phobia can be found by seeing a licensed therapist who specialized in such disorders. Click here to listen to interviews with real people who have resolved social phobia.
Social phobia is also known as social anxiety disorder. Social anxiety is fear. Fear has a multi-dimensional character: thoughts (cognition), emotions, and physiological response. When the fear (anxiety) gets to the point that a situation is avoided, a phobia is present. Common social phobias include (to name just a few):
- fear of public speaking
- fear of groups
- fear of conversation (selective mutism)
- fear of intimacy
- fear of relationships
- fear of socializing
- fear of school
- fear of sports
- fear of performing.
Social phobia – commonly defined as performance anxiety – is, according to a November 1991 article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, “an emerging problem that is just beginning to receive attention”. In the ‘90’s it was “emerging”. Now, social phobia is the anxiety disorder of the millennium, as society is firmly entrenched in dynamics of competition, rapidly developing technology, and pressure for productivity. Don’t wait any longer to get treatment for social phobia.
About JonathanJonathan has pioneered psychotherapy for social anxiety, public speaking anxiety, and performance anxiety since 1978. He has worked with thousands of individuals of all ages in individual, family, and group therapy. He is the author of “Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties” (Simon & Schuster) and “Work Makes Me Nervous: Overcome Anxiety and Build the Confidence to Succeed” (John Wiley &Sons, Inc.) Jonathan is an expert in media performance having been featured extensively on television, radio, and in print. This experience includes Oprah, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe. Listen to him on WFAN SPORTS RADIO. Jonathan has extensively researched and developed clinical programs for the avoidant and dependent personality. He is a “diplomate” in clinical social work and is certified in New York State. In addition, he is certified by The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. To view Jonathan Berent‘s pioneering work with Social Phobia, view the 1988 Sally Jessy Raphael Show by clicking here. To view jonathan talking about Workplace Anxiety on Long Island News Jobline, click here.
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- "Social Anxiety the Untold Story”: Comprehensive Self-Help for Sufferers and Families
- The book, "Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties" (Simon & Schuster)
- The book, "Work Makes Me Nervous: Self-Help for Performance Anxiety (Wiley and Sons)
- Comprehensive self-therapy audio CD program for social and performance anxiety
- Public Speaking Anxiety: Self Therapy Audio CD Program
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