Counselling is very different to social anxiety therapy.
You tend to get only one chance at NHS CBT based social anxiety therapy – and there is sometimes a long wait. If you have other complicating issues in your life – aside from social anxiety – you may want to consider talking these through with a counsellor before undertaking NHS CBT therapy.
Your GP may have counsellors working within your GP practice or know of local counselling services.
Some counsellors may be familiar with the existence of social anxiety though most will not be trained in any of the specific CBT training the NHS recommend.
Find a UK accredited counsellor:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Find a therapist
Counselling-directory.org.uk – Find a therapist
Also see the counselling directory’s article on how to find the right counsellor for you.
For a full list of professional counselling accrediting bodies see the Counselling directory.