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Mental Health and Wellness

Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment in San Diego

Solara Mental Health provides the best social anxiety disorder treatment in San Diego. We’ve focused on creating a comfortable, caring environment for veterans to address their social anxiety, including their experiences, symptoms, and triggers. This environment begins with our clinicians, who provide expert, compassionate care to all veterans.

Our mixture of individual psychotherapy, group therapy, holistic therapies and psychiatric medicines provides veterans with comprehensive care.  This helps them gain insight into the causes of their anxiety and devise a treatment plan that is individualized, specific and effective, helping veterans overcome the negative effects of social anxiety and lead healthy, happy lives.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

Social anxiety disorder, which is a greater-than-normal fear of social situations, can feel inescapable. This particular kind of anxiety ingrains itself so deeply into your thoughts and feelings that it alters your behavior, ultimately changing the way you feel about and experience the world. Specific symptoms of social anxiety vary from individual to individual, but can include any number of the following:

  • Extreme self-consciousness and nerves during social interactions
  • Disproportionate worrying about future social interactions
  • Physical symptoms of anxiety, including blushing, shaking, or sweating, and/or worry about manifesting these physical symptoms during a social interaction
  • Excessive fear of being watched and/or judged, or of being humiliated
  • Compulsively reviewing past social interactions, going over your behaviors, and feeling ashamed of your perceived social mistakes
  • Minimizing social interactions by avoiding people as much as possible

Anxiety symptoms can contribute to powerful feelings of loneliness and isolation for veterans with social anxiety disorder. Such feelings can be intensely disruptive to day-to-day life, causing withdrawal from social situations, including work obligations, or even interactions with family and friends. But it is important to remember that seven percent of the population also has social anxiety, and you are never alone in your struggle with this mental disorder.

Treatment Methods

After identifying the symptoms of social anxiety, it is advised to source the help of a specialized clinician. Depending on each patient’s diagnosis and behaviour research, the most common methods for efficient recovery from social anxiety disorder are the following: 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Usually known as psychotherapy or usually referred to as “talk therapy”, is the most common method to treat social anxiety. CBT is a therapeutic practice designed to help people with mental health disorders address their current struggles and negative thoughts – learning to accept the things and situations they cannot change and take control of the things they can.


Depending on the diagnosis and the social anxiety disorder symptoms, a healthcare provider might suggest the use of medication as a complementary step for the healing process. The dosage of this medication is assigned based on each patient’s needs and diagnosis and the severity of the mental illness. 

Some of the most common medications used for treating social anxiety are antidepressants, beta-blockers, and benzodiazepines. It is not advised to self-medicate or abuse the following medications. It is usually provided to patients presenting significant distress and severe social anxiety.

Support Groups

People struggling with social anxiety sometimes find that a group environment for healing is helpful for them. Understanding they are not going through this process alone and sharing their own experiences has been proven to benefit the treatment. At Solara Mental Health, we provide safe environments and social settings for efficient group therapy

Solara’s Social Anxiety Treatment for Veterans

Solara Mental Health in San Diego is focused on giving veterans a supportive and safe environment to recover from their social anxiety disorder. Our mental health treatment facility recognizes that each veteran will have their own personal needs, and we will customize their treatment plan to help with their specific diagnosis and symptoms.

Solara Mental Health is VA-contracted, which gives us the unique opportunity to help veterans with their mental health needs, including anxiety disorder treatment. As long as authorization is approved, we provide housing, transportation, and accommodations.

Healing from Social Anxiety at Solara

Solara Mental Health seeks to help veterans overcome this isolation. We understand that the unique nature of social anxiety can make it difficult to seek treatment, and as such, we have fostered a calm, comfortable, and understanding environment for veterans that promotes open conversation. 

As experts in social anxiety treatment, our psychiatric facility’s clinicians know how to create therapeutic experiences that are conducive to progress.  Our small group environment will minimize social intimidation while allowing veterans to practice anxiety management skills in a supportive, judgment-free environment. In turn, veterans leave our mental health treatment center with concrete methods for managing their social anxiety, allowing them to fully participate in social situations and lead fulfilling lives.

While our veterans make considerable and rapid improvements, social anxiety disorder is often a long-term condition. Through years of experience, our mental health treatment center has learned how to provide the entire spectrum of care for our veterans.  From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our veterans from the clutches of social anxiety.

Contact us now to start the healing process.

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What Our Clients Say


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.