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What is social anxiety?

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Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist at a private clinic in London, talks about social anxiety and how it inhibits sufferers from interacting fully with other people, or making them avoid social situations. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com 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

Video Transcription

Social anxiety is an anxiety of interacting with other people predominantly. So, a lot of the time it can be very much also combined with the person feeling very self-conscious and very shy. Often people with social anxiety would find situations such as parties or any kind of event that means that they have to interact with people they don’t know very well, extremely anxiety provoking. Being with any groups of people really frightening, and that’s because they’re very frightened of judgment. They’re frightened of what other people might be thinking about them, they are frightened that their mind might go blank, they might not know what to say in a situation. They might some of the time, have some skills deficit, so they might not quite know how to engage in conversation with people. And again, like all other anxieties, people tend to avoid social situations as a result of this. And so they never gain confidence and an ability to over time, just feel a bit more comfortable interacting with other people.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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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.