In order to be effective, psychotherapy must be directed at the person's specific anxieties and tailored to his or her needs. A typical "side effect" of psychotherapy is temporary discomfort involved with thinking about confronting feared situations.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful situations. CBT can also help people learn and practice social skills, which is vital for treating social anxiety disorder. It can be conducted individually or with a group of people who have similar problems.
Self-Help or Support Groups
Some people may benefit from joining a self-help or support group and sharing their problems and achievements with others. Internet chat rooms might be useful, but any advice received with caution as acquaintances have usually never seen each other and false identities are common. Talking with a trusted friend or family member can also provide support.
Stress Management Techniques