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What can I do to help my social anxiety outside of therapy?

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Chelsea based psychologist Emma Smith says that opening up to friends and family and using mindfulness based techniques can be helpful in managing social anxiety outside of therapy sessions. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com

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There’s a lot that you can do to manage. I think, opening up with friends and family and letting them know a little bit what your struggle is can be really helpful. Because often when people experience social anxiety, it can feel really shaming and embarrassing to actually open up and say to your friends, “You know what? I get really anxious going to social events. I worry that…” Whatever the specific worry is, “I worry that I might spill food down my top. I worry that I might say something stupid and embarrass myself.” If you can open up to friends and family, trusted friends and family, people that you can rely on, then actually they often want to support and help, and that can be incredibly, incredibly helpful in terms of putting yourself into new situations and extending what you’re doing. So opening up to friends and family and also using mindfulness can be really helpful as well.

Dr Emma Smith

Dr Emma Smith

19 June 2022

"Dr Emma Smith completed her BSc (Hons) at the University of Warwick, an MSc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Christ Church Canterbury University. She worked as a clinical psychologist in a specialist service in a Central London NHS Trust until moving to Sussex where she now works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and continues to offer sessions with The Chelsea Psychology Clinic online."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.