Shyness & Social Skills

What is it

We all have a tendency to feel uneasy when faced with a new social situation or in meeting an unfamiliar person for the first time. There are some people however, who feel severely shy and awkward in social situations and this impacts on them communicating confidently with others. Personal feelings of isolation, helplessness and of being misunderstood are common to these, as well as challenges in maintaining relationships socially and at work. Over time, this can lead people to give up on future life goals (i.e. promotions, marriage or a family) as symptoms become more severe, but there are effective short term treatments available to overcome shyness if people help seek.  

What it includes

Shy people often report the following symptoms in social environments (i.e. work, exams, presentations, lunch or dinner parties and job interviews) -

• Stress, nervousness and a sense of insecurity.
• Physical sensations including breathlessness, sweating, shakiness or blushing.
• Worries about what others may be thinking about them and dwelling on their performance in a recent social situation.
• Difficulties with non-verbal communication, conversational and assertiveness skills including passivity, avoiding eye contact and confusion about what to say to others. 

If you or someone you care about has been exhibiting the symptoms above and has started to avoid or withdraw from social situations, it is important they are encouraged to see a GP or psychologist for a thorough mental health assessment. Shyness can often mask other conditions such as social or generalised anxiety which can also benefit from psychological treatment but make their experiences more distressing if facing them alone.

What we do

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment used to assist individuals in overcoming shyness, social anxiety and in building confidence in managing social settings. This approach focuses on psychoeducation about triggers and symptoms, on building then refining social skills and challenging negative thoughts about the self that can impact on social performance. Treatment also focuses on increasing ways of managing any interpersonal setbacks that may arise through use of role play scenarios, then application in real life scenarios. 

Our Practitioners

Bernadette Sharry

"Associate Psychologist (Special Interest in Child & Family)"

Bernadette has appointments available at Nundah on Saturdays. To book an appointment please call KCPsych on (07) 3256 6320 or book online now. A profile on Bernadette is coming soon. Please call KCPsy...

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Dr Angela Hain

"Clinical Psychologist/ NDIS Approved Provider"

Angela is a clinical psychologist with a specific interest in complex trauma,  mood, anxiety and eating disorders.  Angela has spent the past 10 years treating severe and complex conditions  as a p...

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Dr Bronwyn Massavelli

"Senior Clinical Psychologist"

Dr Bronwyn Massavelli, Clinical Psychologist B.Psych Sc (Hons 1), M.Clin Psych, PhD (Psychology). MAPS, MCCLIN, MPAIG, MPAWS Dr Bronwyn Massavelli is a registered Clinical Psychologist and provider wi...

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Dr Angela Hain