Social anxiety may be the most difficult anxiety disorder to treat because these clients feel higher degrees of anxiety, but are frequently unmotivated to change. Achievements or social interactions just aren’t compelling to many with social anxiety. By exploring how to combine motivation and encouragement with fear reduction, you’ll learn to help clients reduce their social anxiety and feel more confident. We’ll review the latest research showing that motivation varies from individual to individual and discuss how to apply effective strategies to enhance people’s desire to change. We’ll explore a systematic treatment plan that weaves motivational work with titrated amounts of exposure, which is effective in reducing social anxiety from childhood to adulthood. You’ll leave with a clear sense of how to promote treatment compliance and help your clients recover more fully from social anxiety.
Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., specializes in anxiety treatment, using a holistic approach for symptom management. She’s the author of The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and most recently, The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques.