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686,000 people sought help with Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting social anxiety counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in Abingdon are booked, but we have 125 other therapists in VA available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Social anxiety counseling

What is Social anxiety counseling?

Social anxiety counseling helps people better understand and manage the anxiety they experience in or because of social interactions. If you are struggling with regular anxious thoughts and feelings as a result of social interactions or settings and they’re affecting your day-to-day life, you should seek social anxiety counseling with one of our trained Thriveworks Abingdon therapists. The social anxiety therapists at Thriveworks can develop a treatment plan that will help you better manage your day-to-day social anxiety or your social anxiety disorder.

How does Social anxiety counseling work?

Social anxiety counseling involves talking to a therapist about your social anxiety symptoms, potential causes, and more. Your therapist will then work with you to determine where your social anxiety might stem from and teach you effective coping mechanisms.

Is Social anxiety counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks social anxiety counseling in Abingdon, VA is conducted both in person and through online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Social anxiety counseling last?

Social anxiety counseling can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, depending on the severity of one’s social anxiety as well as their needs and preferences.

Need more help deciding?

You are sitting at work typing a report that has been due for a while when all of a sudden you get an invite from a close friend. He wants you to come out to dinner and enjoy some company with some friends and acquaintances you have met before — and also a few you have not. At the exact moment you hear that there might be people there you have not met before or know nothing about, a bubbling feeling in your gut begins to expand.

This bubbling expansion develops into thoughts that distract you from work and other responsibilities. This distraction then creates a sense of fear and worry in you that grows and grows; it does not shrink.

You think: “What will these people think of me? What do I even think of myself? What excuse can I say to my friend that won’t seem like I am just blowing him off? I would rather sit at home and watch TV.”

Dealing with Social Anxiety Disorder

If you are having these negative thoughts, there are a lot ways to naturally work through them to devoid your mind of this anxiety. Once you can remove these thoughts from your mind, you can begin to think about the positive outcomes of this invite. (Easier said than done, we know.)

This invite can be good for you. It will allow you to converse with others about your life and have them share part of themselves with you. The possibility of a new friendship could blossom out of it. You might feel some of the weight of the world that you carry on your shoulders melt away a little bit when you share your experiences with others.

The food might be terrible, but that is a minor logistical piece in the overall experience you may have. At the end of the evening, you can and should be able say to yourself, “I went out, I had a good time and I met some interesting people.” This is the positive outcome your friend wanted for you the whole time he was inviting you in the first place.

Do you relate to the following symptoms?

  • Nervousness in crowds
  • Fear of making someone upset or angry
  • Making excuses not to meet new people
  • Wanting to escape a social situation instead of tackling it head-on

Call Bristol Social Anxiety Therapy: Find Relief

At Thriveworks, our counselors have helped so many people work through these issues. They can provide you with the tools you need to overcome these thoughts, drawing from a variety of techniques that best suit your individual needs and concerns.

These tools are not temporary. You can take them with you after you leave your first session and immediately be put to use in your life on a daily basis. For example, you will probably discuss potential triggers for your social anxiety, which will better help you process the emotions you experience the next time a friend reaches out with another dinner invite.

Do not be the person making excuses not to spend quality time with friends and family. Let us help.

Make an appointment with our talented counselors to guide and teach you through the steps to eliminate social anxiety.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (DC) | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Abingdon
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Abingdon reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Read more I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Bristol Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Read more Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Bristol Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Abingdon is located in the same building as Caris Healthcare. Across Russell Road NW is Empire Ford Used Car & Truck Center 2, and A Step Ahead salon, as well as All Things Custom and Sunshine Sewing & Screen Printing. Down the road is Figaredo’s restaurant and Northgate Pharmacy. We are located right near Porterfield Highway and Route 19, as well as Route 58.

Phone number

(423) 556-3873

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