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, 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:

Social Anxiety Therapy

Decrease Anxiety

In our 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 services are particularly useful because they give individuals the opportunity to practice skills with other group members that are dealing with similar issues.

Social & People Skills Classes

Improve Self-Esteem

Instead of feeling shame, embarrassment, or anxiety in social situations, our clients learn how to be confident with others during our social skills training classes. Our classes help reduce social anxiety and assist passive clients how to be assertive.

Our goal is to teach our clients 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.

Online Social Skills & Communication Training

Communicate Clearly

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.


Social Skills Training Online:

Resolve Conflicts

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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Looking for in-person services?

If you live in Northern Virginia and prefer in-person services,
please visit Dr. Haley's other practice, Psychological and Life Skills Associates.
We have offices in Oakton, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg, VA.

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