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CBT in Overcoming Panic Attacks During Public Speaking

Good Therapy San Francisco | Anxiety Therapy Specialists
By Tom McDonagh, Psy.D.
CA License #: PSY25741
WA License #: PY61408367

According to a Gallup Poll, 40% of Americans suffer from a fear of public speaking. Panic attacks from public speaking are an extreme response that can feel insurmountable. Good Therapy SF therapists use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a vital tool to overcome this fear. CBT works by identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to anxiety, replacing them with more helpful responses.

Understanding Panic Attacks in Public Speaking

Panic attacks during public speaking often stem from a fear of judgment or failure. These intense episodes of anxiety can include symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, and overwhelming feelings of dread.

CBT for Public Speaking Anxiety

CBT helps with panic attacks by focusing on the thoughts and behaviors that can contribute to them. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , individuals learn to recognize their anxiety triggers and develop coping strategies to manage their responses effectively.

Techniques and Strategies

  1. Cognitive Restructuring: This involves identifying and challenging irrational beliefs about public speaking and replacing them with more constructive thoughts.
  2. Exposure Therapy: Gradual exposure to speaking situations in a controlled and supportive environment helps reduce fear over time.
  3. Relaxation Techniques: Breathing exercises and mindfulness can help manage the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Seeking Help: A Step Towards Confidence

Engaging with a mental health professional can be a transformative step for anyone struggling with the fear of public speaking. Through therapy, individuals can gain insights into the origins of their anxiety, learn practical techniques to manage their symptoms, and gradually build confidence in their speaking abilities. Seeking professional help is a proactive approach to not only improve public speaking skills but also enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

Connect with Good Therapy SF Today

Ready to take the first step towards overcoming your public speaking anxiety? Contact Good Therapy SF to learn more about how our CBT services can help you achieve confidence and success in all your speaking engagements. Let us help you turn your fear into a strength.