Social anxiety is the fear of interacting with other people leading your child to feel self-consciousness in social situations. Your child may feel as though they are being negatively judged and evaluated or that people are talking about them behind their back. They may feel excessively embarrassed, inferior, inadequate, humiliated, lonely and depressed. They often avoid or withdraw from social situations when if fact they want more than anything to be able to socialize with their peers and fit in.
As alone as your child may feel when suffering from this condition, please tell them they are definitely not alone. Social anxiety is very common and we can help. By using empirically validated treatment approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy and mindfulness approaches, your child’s anxiety reduces in social situations. As a result, they become more relaxed and confident. They will find that they are able to speak to others just as well as they do when talking to a close family member or friend. Your child will have more friends and feel happier and content. The skills your child learns through therapy now will follow them into the teen years and beyond.