Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment and Therapy Comparisons of the Major Therapies for Social Anxiety Disorder By Arlin Cuncic | Medically reviewed by a board-certified physician Updated January 30, 2018 Share Flip Email Print What type of therapy is most suited to you?. Daly and Newton / Getty Images More in Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment and Therapy Social Skills Symptoms Diagnosis Coping Work and School Related Conditions Are you considering receiving therapy for social anxiety disorder? If so, you may wish to consult the table below, to help you make a decision about the therapy that may be most suited to your situation. Remember, regardless of the type of therapy you choose (or are assigned), it is important that your therapist has an understanding of the unique issues faced by those with social anxiety disorder. Types of Social Anxiety Therapies CBT (Individual & Group) ACT/Mindfulness IPT Psychoanalytic When Developed 1980’s 1986 (developed by psychology professor Steven Hayes) 1980’s (developed by Gerald Klerman and Myrna Weissman) Founded by Sigmund Freud in the last century. Research Support Empirically validated Early support for efficacy Early support for efficacy. Some support for efficacy. Basic Premise Social anxiety arises because of faulty thinking patterns. There is no “healthy normal.” In fact, certain "normal" mind processes can be potentially problematic. Learning to manage interpersonal issues, role transitions, and interpersonal skills deficits. Social anxiety results from the expectation of shame elicited by critical parents, the conflict between the need to achieve and fear of success, the conflict between independence and fear of rejection, and fear of being unable to make a perfect impression. Goals To identify irrational beliefs and thought patterns and replace them with more realistic viewpoints. To enjoy life, accept pain and suffering, detach, and take action aligned with values. Symptom reduction is expected as a byproduct. Identify interpersonal areas in need of attention. Address problems in relationships. To uncover underlying conflicts and work through these issues. Relationship With Therapist Student-teacher. Homework is assigned. The therapist acts as a guide, teaching through metaphors, experiential exercises, and mindfulness training. Techniques are adopted from various other therapies, including role-playing and supportive listening. Helps to identify conflicts and resolve issues. Keys for Success Your expectation for success, ability to complete homework assignments, and confront your thoughts. An ability to detach from anxious thoughts and become mindful. A therapist who specializes in social anxiety disorder. Especially helpful for those experiencing interpersonal issues. Best suited to those with underlying core issues related to their social anxiety. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Learn the best ways to manage stress and negativity in your life. Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Article Sources Leichsenring, F., Salzer, S., Beutel, M. E., Herpertz, S., Hiller, W., Hoyer, J., Huesing, J., et al. (2013). Psychodynamic therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in social anxiety disorder: a multicenter randomized controlled trial. The American journal of psychiatry, 170(7), 759-67. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23680854. Continue Reading Article The Best Interpersonally-Focused Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder Article Top Reasons to Take Part in Animal-Assisted Therapy for SAD Article How Hypnotherapy Is Used to Treat Social Anxiety Article Maladaptive Behaviors Can Prevent You From Adapting to Daily Life List 10 Awesome Gifts Help Someone With SAD Article 5 Tips to Practice Mindfulness Meditation Today Article How Teachers Can Help Their Students With Social Anxiety Disorder Article How Psychoanalysis Is Used in Treating Social Anxiety Disorder Article Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder Article 5 Key Facts About Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Anxiety Article An Overview of BuSpar as an Anxiety Treatment Article Top Tips to Use Essential Oils for Social Anxiety Article Can Marijuana Help With Social Anxiety Disorder? Article Social Media and Social Anxiety: Is it Helping or Hurting? Article An Overview of Social Anxiety Disorder Article Is Your Shaking a Sign of Social Anxiety Disorder?