Social Anxiety and Selective Mutism

Why Do Some People Experience Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interactions with other people. For some, their anxiety can be so great that they struggle to speak with others and make friendships. The feelings that accompany social anxiety include anxiety, high levels of fear, nervousness, emotional instability, racing heart, blushing, excessive sweating, dry throat and mouth, vomiting, trembling, and muscle twitches.

Selective Mutism is a more extreme version of Social Anxiety Disorder. It is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak and communicate effectively in select social settings, such as school or out in public. These children are able to speak and communicate in settings where they are comfortable, secure, and relaxed (such as at home).

Why Does Social Anxiety Need Treatment?

People with social anxiety typically know that their anxiety is irrational, not based on fact, and does not make rational sense. Nevertheless, thoughts and feelings of anxiety persist, are chronic, and can greatly impact their ability to interact with others.

How Can Neurofeedback Help?

Individuals with social anxiety are often so overcome by anxiety and fear that they can’t speak in public or with unknown people. Individuals with anxiety display overactivity in their brainwave functioning. They are especially prone to overthinking or repetitive thinking that results in a looping pattern in brain wave functioning (hyper coherence). Neurofeedback reduces these overactive brain waves to help retrain the brain and therefore reduce symptoms of anxiety.

How Can Advanced Bio-Regulation (BRT) Help?

PEMF and Biofeedback are designed to help the Central Nervous System (CNS) relax. When you experience heightened anxiety and feelings of panic, the body gets stuck in a flight, fight, or freeze response. Physiologically, the body is programmed to deal with stress first and healing second, so when we get the CNS to calm down, it promotes an environment where the body can heal itself, reduce anxiety, and increase feelings of well-being.

How Can Counseling Help?

We marry neuroscience with clinically proven and effective, holistic therapies. Research has shown that some individuals with heightened levels of anxiety may not be as responsive to traditional talk therapy. We combine traditional talk therapy with effective techniques that more directly impact the subconscious, such as EFT/Tapping, hypnosis, somatic therapy, play therapy, art therapy, etc. For those with social anxiety and Selective Mutism, we use techniques that support their nervous system in self-regulating, as well as provide a safe environment to practice social interactions.

Why Dr. Roseann for Social Anxiety and Selective Mutism?

Dr. Roseann is a Psychologist who supports children, adults, and families from all over the U.S. with research-based holistic therapies that are bridged with neuroscience.

Dr. Roseann is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Practitioner and is a Board Member of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS) and Epidemic Answers.

She is also a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

We Are Here to Help

Dr. Roseann Cappana-Hodge uses Neurofeedback, Biofeedback & other non-invasive treatments to create custom and drugless solutions to aid the improvement of health naturally. Schedule a consultation to meet with us and start on your road to health.

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates does not guarantee certain results.