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Performance Anxiety Treatment

Performance Anxiety Treatment

Performance anxiety is also called “stage fright.” Performance anxiety is the fear of doing something in front of an audience. It is often a symptom of social anxiety disorder. People with social anxiety disorder have an intense fear of becoming extremely anxious and being judged, embarrassed or humiliated across a variety of social and performance situations that may include:

  • Public speaking;
  • Giving presentations;
  • Talking to strangers;
  • Making small talk;
  • Being the centre of attention;
  • Being observed while working, eating, drinking, or learning;
  • Talking on the phone in the presence of others;
  • Walking into a room late;
  • Asserting themselves with people in authority; and
  • Dating.

However, some people do not fear and avoid social interactions, but do fear and avoid specific situations in which they are performing for an audience, such as public speaking, performing music, or dancing. The dread of performance situations can start days, weeks, or months in advance. Prior to performing people can experience nausea and “freezing.” As a result, people avoid performance situations and feel bad about it. In addition, performance anxiety can interfere with success at work and relationships.

Some people with social anxiety have specific fears, usually about public speaking or other kinds of performance such as music or dance. Other people experience a more generalized fear across a number of social and performance situations.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for performance anxiety. Because performance anxiety is often a symptom of social anxiety disorder, which can be a serious problem, the first step towards effective treatment is a proper and thorough differential diagnostic assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

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To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

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What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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