Presenting problem: Social Anxiety
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 1
G is looking for help with social anxiety.
We agree to meet and she explains how she has suffered with anxiety for a long time. Christmas is coming and this year, she says, she wants to enjoy the parties and celebrations just the same as everyone else.
G tells me that she begins to feel anxious as soon as she receives an invitation to any kind of social occasion, even with friends. She says that the anxiety will steadily increase, peaking on the day itself, and can be so severe that she experiences painful stomach cramps and bouts of diarrhoea.
To combat the uncomfortable feelings, G has got into the habit of drinking alcohol before she goes out. However, she doesn’t stop at home. If it’s available, she will continue to drink and, very often, ends the evening intoxicated.
On those mornings that she wakes up with a hangover and no recollection of the night before, G says she is consumed by a different kind of anxiety as her overactive imagination tries to fills the gaps. Commonly, she says, she will imagine all sorts of embarrassing behaviours she has indulged in, leading to feelings of shame which can last for several days.
G remembers a particularly bad experience on her 18th birthday. She was fretting about whether anyone would turn up to her party and she had cramps in her stomach as she applied her make-up and got dressed. She poured herself a glass of wine to steady her nerves but by the time her friends arrived she had, unwittingly, finished the bottle.
The day after the party, G’s memories were vague. She messaged her friends to ask what happened and they told her stories of her drunken antics, saying she had eventually passed out on the dance floor. As she tells me this her stomach starts to cramp.
We move on to helping G feel better and she decides that, instead of feeling fraught with fear and anxiety about social events, she wants to feel as calm, relaxed and centred as she does in her weekly yoga class. At the end of the session she remarks that the cramps in her stomach have dissipated.
A few weeks into the new year, G rings me to arrange another appointment.
Delighted with how much better she is feeling, G says she’s cut back on the booze and wants some help to be more confident with speaking up at work. With a vacant managerial position on the horizon, her reluctance to contribute in meetings is an obstacle to promotion – something G has now firmly set her sights on.
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