Social Phobia - Consultation
with a Professional
If you think you have a
Social Anxiety Disorder,
probably you have many questions and doubts on this
matter. It is important to discuss them with a
who is knowledgeable on such issues. This raises two
-- Which professional should you look for?
-- How should you act during the appointment?
Choice of a professional - You will find many well-qualified
professionals who can help you. One of the things
you must do prior to the appointment is to learn the differences in
among professionals. Some basic information can be
found on this website.
Some criteria to select a professional - Some suggestions follow. They do
not exhaust the subject, but they are a good start in the selection process.
-- Read the professional's curriculum.
-- Try secure references for him or her from professionals in related areas.
-- Seek to contact a client or former client of this professional for further information.
Unless you have personal reasons, treatment can be with a professional of either gender.
Research shows, for example, that psychotherapy results are identical whether the therapist is a
female or a male.
How to act during the appointment - Your first
should mean no necessary commitment towards others.
During the appointment, you will assess several things prior to starting therapy. Next, find some questions for your reflection before going to this appointment.
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Frequently asked questions -
Common themes include whether Social Anxiety Disorder (a.k.a. Social Phobia) is a disease, whether it curable, and what to do in order to overcome the problem. Prior to the appointment, you can secure some information on topics such as this in Some Frequent Questions about Social Anxiety Disorder
/ Social Phobia.
How to act during the first appointment - It is important that you lay out as clearly as possible what happens to you in social situations, providing examples and detailing your
the various situations.
Tell your professional when you realized there was a problem, whether there have been changes in the intensity of the
since then, whether this has influenced your life,
and how you have dealt with the problem.
How the professional deals with you may hinge considerably on such information, hence, it is important to prepare yourself. Inform the professional that you are maintaining initial contacts in order to decide with whom you will do the
Questions you must ask - In this initial appointment, you must ask very
objective questions, such as:
-- What is my
Do I have mild, moderate or severe
or is it something else altogether?
-- Do I have to undergo therapy?
-- What therapy alternatives do I have?
-- How do you work in cases such as mine?
-- What is the estimated therapy time?
-- Will I need to take any
-- What is the approximate
cost and how is payment made?
-- Do I have any alternative to resort to in my health plan?
If you decide to hear another professional's opinion, your choice, on the end, must be in favor of the one you trust most.