Understanding and interpreting social cues is a fundamental aspect of effective communication and building strong interpersonal relationships.
Social Skills Training for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
“Our social skills services for children, adolescents, and adults are based on the premise that social skills (e.g., communication skills, conflict resolution, active listening, friend-making, reading non-verbal social cues, networking abilities) are essential life skills that foster success, happiness, and health. Our goal is to teach these life and social skills in a supportive and nurturing environment, with the expectation that the skills will be generalized to real-world experiences and relationships.”
– Dr. Haley
How we help our clients
The Social Skills Center offers skill-building for children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. We work with clients throughout the U.S. and Canada in our online program. We also have in-person locations in Oakton, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg, VA. Some of the ways in which we can help you or your child are to:
In our skill training therapy sessions, we teach children, adolescents, and adults how to relax and “settle” so that they can have more effective responses to the people and situations they face every day. These sessions can help decrease anxiety when engaging in social interactions and help individuals feel more comfortable practicing important social skills like eye contact, body language, answering questions effectively, and engaging in small talk.
Our assistance programs are particularly useful because they give individuals the opportunity to practice skills with other group members that are dealing with similar issues, including anxiety disorders and other mental health issues.
Instead of feeling shame, embarrassment, or anxiety in social situations, our clients learn how to be confident in their social communication with others during our training classes. Our classes help reduce generalized anxiety, social anxiety and assist passive clients in learning how to be assertive. This can benefit anyone from children to seniors and even those with mental disabilities or personality disorders who may be under the care of adult protective services.
Our goal is to teach our clients, including adults, children and teens, to feel comfortable in their own skin. Many people spend so much time thinking about how others’ are perceiving them. They are worried about being judged negatively. We will teach you how to get out of your own head and switch your focus to connecting with those in front of you. So, if you have been looking for social anxiety therapy Woodbridge or in the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia, consider our social skills academy. Our adult skills center has evidence based programs that can help you learn the interpersonal skills you need to be more successful in the workplace. Our classes can be particularly helpful for teens and young adults just starting out in the workforce.
In our online social skills training program, clients get to practice with their peers and learn by doing – rather than trying to “regurgitate” statements they learned in a book. Learning social skills, such as appropriate body language and asking open ended questions, is so important for all ages. Our clinical services help people learn these skills and practice them in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Most people don’t realize that conflicts can be a “win-win” for both parties involved. At our online social skills training programs, kids, teens, and adults learn how to see another’s point of view, leading to greater understanding and empathy. This can be particularly important for a child’s social development. Practicing in-the-moment with peers can help to improve social behavior and avoid conflicts that could escalate into interactions with more serious implications.
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Social skills are vital in relationships. We answer the question if you should use a social skills clinician to improve my relationship.