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NEON: Overcoming Shyness and Isolation

Being on the outside of all the fun leaves many people feeling left out.  If you are reading this, you are probably ready to start your social development in areas that you think need some growth.  Or maybe you are not sure where to start.  You control the speed and comfort level and how much you want to stretch yourself in this program.  Learn about yourself and discover how you can share the best parts of youself with others.  Maybe you don't know what those parts are.  You may not know that socializing is a batch of skills that are actually learned.  This program allows you the chance to practice and discuss the things that happen to you, and the ways you feel, with someone who is gentle and not going to judge you.  Experimenting with new skills may actually be something you discover you like.  There are many ways to get to where you want to be and together we can find the right path for you.  Eventually, outside of session you can try your new skills in small steps and become the person you want to be in public.

Shyness and other forms of social anxiety are common – and they prevent people from fully experiencing life.   A bit of shyness is a good thing. But when a high level of shyness prevents a person from engaging in normal social interactions, from functioning well at school or work, or from developing close relationships, it presents a problem – which, fortunately, can be corrected.  Starting as early as possible in childhood has an advantage in redirecting social development in order to overcome anxiety and promote social confidence.  But, changes can occur and be exciting at any age.

Shyness can be expressed as uncomfortable physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, nervousness, blushing, racing heart, and more.  The anxiety of being judged or embarrassed can rob you of your creativity and ability to enjoy the life you deserve. 

Find out who you are.  Find out that you do not need a complete makeover to find success.  At a comfortable pace, learn to read body language, how to match behaviors to establish rapport, and how to make warm, meaningful connections.   You will find that the secrets to good communicating are easier than you think.  Learn the art of Small Talk, which is the basis of most communicating and relationships.  There is actually a simple plan you can follow!  (Activities and discussion are scaled to the age of the client).

The advantage to doing this in counseling is that I can provide a private space for you to practice your skills and review the stories and challenges that have been a part of your personal social experience.  I can help you overcome your temporary and long-lasting feelings of discomfort and disappointment.  There is no pressure to perform and we work at a pace comfortable for you.  We can redirect the thoughts that get in your way.  If you are reading this, you are probably ready to take your first step on the road to a new and more relaxed way of being.

Procrastination is part of the problem.  I invite you to take your first step forward by making the call today.


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