Treatment methods

More relaxed in the presence of others

At Schoen Clinic, we rely on multimodal therapy, which includes both individual and group therapy. The aim of the treatment is for you to learn how to deal better with your social anxiety. In the best case, the illness disappears completely. 

Conservative treatment methods

Social anxiety – treatment: Exposure as a central element

By means of exposure, you consciously deal with your fear-triggering stimuli: First, you create a ranking list of situations that frighten you the most. Accompanied by your therapist, you will then practice how to cope with these situations. One possible exposure situation is eating and drinking together in the dining room. In doing so, you can see that your worst fears are not realised and that you can cope with the situation without any fuss.

Social phobia – treatment: additional therapies

In addition to individual and group therapy, we offer a wide range of additional therapies for the many problems associated with social phobia. These include, among other things:
  • ‘Social skills’ group training
  • Relaxation training
  • Mindfulness training
  • Sports therapy and physiotherapeutic measures
  • Creative therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback
  • Coping with depression groups

Social anxiety - treatment: specialised group therapy

At Schoen Clinic, we offer group therapy especially for social anxiety. You will learn methods and strategies for coping with or reducing your social anxieties. In addition, you will discuss and change unfavourable principles with the other participants, such as “I must not show any weakness” or “I always fail”. 

Social anxiety – treatment: Individual therapy

Psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioural therapy, is best-suited to treating social anxiety. It is particularly promising if you and your therapist have a trusting working relationship and work together to develop an individual explanatory model for your social anxieties. In doing so, we will highlight the biographical causes of your phobia, such as particular characteristics of your person or firmly anchored basic assumptions (beliefs). 

Possible beliefs:
  • You are convinced that your environment views you critically and therefore there is the possibility of a negative assessment. 
  • You assess your social skills as worse than those of other people.
  • You pay a lot of attention to your thoughts, evaluations and physical reactions.
  • You are always afraid that you might embarrass yourself.

Based on the explanatory model, you will then receive treatment, which we at Schoen Clinic will tailor exactly to your needs.