Residential Treatment for Social Anxiety

Residential Treatment for Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is similar to shyness, but the discomfort it causes is far more serious and debilitating. Chronic social anxiety interferes with academic and career success and makes it difficult if not impossible to form meaningful relationships outside the family. However, with sensitive and compassionate residential treatment for social anxiety from our experts at Helix Treatment Centers, women can learn to manage their symptoms and overcome the limiting effects of their chronic anxiety.

Women with social anxiety disorder may seem calm and detached on the outside. But on the inside they’re often in turmoil, struggling to handle their fears and uncertainties. This is especially true when they find themselves in social situations where they’re expected to participate or perform.

Social anxiety is unpleasant and disempowering. Those who have it experience great dread over impending social encounters, even though social contact is actually desired. When they’re forced to speak or engage in dialogue, they fear being judged or rejected. As a result of their chronic anxiety, they fail to live up to their potential and often end up isolated, which puts them at risk for additional mental health disorders.

If social anxiety is dominating your life and bringing you nothing but unhappiness, the time to do something about it is now. The gender-specific treatment program for social anxiety at Helix can soothe your fears and guide you along the path to recovery. We’ll assist you in identifying some of the underlying reasons for your chronic anxiety, and we’ll help you develop practical strategies for minimizing its impact.

Treatment for Social Anxiety at Helix

Shyness is usually situational and can normally be managed without significant problems. Social anxiety, on the other hand, is pervasive, and far more intense and disquieting than shyness. If your social anxiety is a lifelong companion, you may be diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, a serious mental health condition that requires treatment if it is to be fully overcome.

When you have social anxiety disorder, you’ll experience overwhelming physical and psychological anxiety symptoms during many if not most social interactions. These symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Heavy sweating
  • Tightness of the chest or breathing difficulties
  • Clamminess or chills
  • Dry mouth
  • Blushing
  • Nausea or stomach cramps
  • Muscle pain or weakness
  • Shakiness of the voice when speaking
  • Fear of fainting
  • Brain fog (an inability to think clearly or respond appropriately)
  • Concern that others will be able to detect your anxiety and discomfort (which they often can)

Another troubling characteristic of social anxiety is poor self-esteem. Your inability to socialize comfortably is rooted in deep-seated self-esteem issues and a lack of self-confidence.

Social anxiety can be emotionally draining and highly discouraging. Over time, you’ll learn to avoid potentially troubling social situations, and that behavior will significantly disrupt your life and leave you isolated from other people.

The good news is that no matter how long you’ve struggled with social anxiety, with treatment, you can improve your coping skills, develop better social skills, and gain greater peace of mind. Residential treatment for social anxiety at Helix is a comprehensive women’s only evidence-based program administered with empathy and sympathy. Your interactions with peers and counselors will be warm, welcoming, and non-threatening, and as your mastery over your social anxiety grows your confidence will soar.

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Social Anxiety Treatment?

Social anxiety disorder can impact every area of your life. It can make it difficult to finish school or find a job. Friendships and romantic relationships may be non-existent. Even simple daily activities can be highly stressful if they involve social interactions with strangers or casual acquaintances. Outside of your contacts with family members of lifelong friends, social anxiety can leave you stranded and alone, with an uncertain future and haunted by dreams you know may never come true.

But social anxiety disorder will only become permanent if you accept it as such. In reality, social anxiety disorder can be successfully treated, if you’re willing to follow the recommendations of experienced treatment professionals in a high-quality mental health recovery facility.

At Helix, we offer a comprehensive package of superior therapies and supplementary recovery services that can help you overcome your social anxiety, finally and definitively. You’ll heal in a supportive, welcoming environment where you’ll be embraced rather than judged.

Your personalized social anxiety treatment plan will include a mixture of evidence-based therapies and complementary therapeutic approaches, which will be introduced during daily individual, group, and/or family therapy sessions. The list of possibilities includes:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

Gender-specific treatment for social anxiety at Helix can have a profound and lasting effect on your life. If you have co-occurring conditions, such as depression or other anxiety disorders, your comprehensive care program will address them with equal focus and equal effectiveness.

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What to Expect the First Day

Women who come to Helix for assistance are often nervous and uncertain. This is true regardless of their conditions, and it is especially true of women who struggle with social anxiety. We understand the impact social anxiety can have on your interactions with other people, and rest assured you’ll be under no pressure to speak or “perform” when you first arrive at our facility. You can take it as slowly as you’d like, and your preferences will always be respected.

The initial admissions process should be relatively uncomplicated. An intake specialist will lead you through it, answering your questions and advising you if you have doubts. Once admissions is complete, you’ll have the opportunity to go to your room to unpack and settle in, before we take you on a guided tour of the facilities.

During your initial interactions with treatment professionals and peers, you’ll notice immediately how friendly and considerate everyone is. As you familiarize yourself with your surroundings and learn more about the specifics of our treatment services from our staff, your comfort level will grow by leaps and bounds. Within the first 24 hours, you’ll be interviewed and fully evaluated by our team to make sure you have a complete diagnosis that acknowledges all of your symptoms and conditions. Your treatment plan will be customized to include services for all of your needs, and that plan will remain flexible and can be adjusted as required once formal treatment actually begins.

Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

Our intimate six-bed residence is located in the tranquil Mt. Helix neighborhood of sunny San Diego, a perfect place to come when you’re seeking to replenish your strength and heal your spirit in a peaceful, calm, and rejuvenating environment.

At Helix, you’ll enjoy cozy and comfortable quarters and three gourmet-quality meals each day. You’ll relax, read, or socialize in lavishly decorated and brightly furnished common spaces. Outdoors you can enjoy ample greenery and impeccably landscaped lawns, where you can rest and meditate as you contemplate a happier and more fulfilling future.

Recovery at Helix can be an intense experience. Daily individual, group, and family therapy will test you and force you to confront your history and your problems courageously and without compromise. But no matter how challenging it gets, you’ll always have the compassionate, unconditional support of the entire Helix community. This is what the Helix experience is all about, and it is why so many women have been able to make dramatic and positive changes after spending a few weeks in our care.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

Social anxiety can be discouraging and debilitating. It has been an unwelcome intruder in your life, limiting your achievements and preventing you from finding happiness and companionship.

But that’s only a part of your story. Despite your struggles with social anxiety, you’ve been a survivor. Your anxiety problems have held you back, but they haven’t defeated you. Even during the hardest times, you’ve never lost hope that someday you might overcome your problems.

Your willingness to seek help for your condition is a direct outgrowth of that determination and never-say-quit attitude. With our expert assistance and compassionate support in a safe, peaceful women’s only environment, you’ll develop the tools you need for lasting change.

Don’t let the effects of social anxiety control your life. We’re here for you…call us today.