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Starting Social skills therapy

What is social skills therapy?

Social skills therapy helps people improve their social skills, specifically those who possess below-average interpersonal communication abilities. Someone who has social skills impairment typically fears being in a social setting or in public at all. Feelings of anxiety, worry, and self-doubt take over, and may eventually lead to further unhealthy behaviors and beliefs.

How does social skills therapy work?

Social skills therapy works by pinpointing the root cause of one’s below-average interpersonal communication abilities, ranging from ADHD to autism, Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, and more. Then, taking a personalized approach based on the individual’s unique needs, Thriveworks Henrico therapists help them improve those skills with lifestyle modification practices, effective coping mechanisms, modeling, role-playing, and more.

Is social skills therapy conducted in person or online?

Social skills therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does social skills therapy last?

The length of social skills therapy depends on the individual’s needs as well as the extent of their needs. That said, social skills therapy generally lasts for at least several months. Thriveworks therapists in Henrico, VA will continue to provide care for as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

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Strong Social Skills Lead to Success in Life

Most of us desire to feel accepted and to fit in as part of a group. Effective social skills serve as a conduit for that to happen. Unfortunately in today’s world, you or your loved one may be experiencing what’s called social skills impairment, a condition where a person possesses below-average interpersonal communication abilities. Found in small children to older adults, a growing percentage of Americans struggle socially.

One reason for this phenomenon in adolescents and young adults is the explosive growth of technology and social media use. A generation is being raised that has trouble engaging in face-to-face conversations with other humans. Someone who has social skills impairment typically fears being in a social setting or in public at all. Feelings of anxiety, worry and self-doubt take over, and may eventually lead to further unhealthy behaviors and beliefs. There is a wide-range of impaired social skills causes, many of which begin in early childhood. Those include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Overuse of technology devices
  • Schizophrenia
  • Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • History of being exposed to abuse, especially as a child
  • Getting bullied for one reason or another
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Aspergers
  • Standing out physically in one way or another
  • Above average intelligence

Symptoms of Social Skills Impairment Include these

If you or a loved one is having trouble participating in meaningful and positive social interactions with others, you may be dealing with social skills impairment. Symptoms of poor social skills include the following:

  • Lack of emotion around other people, including friends and family
  • Difficult time or inability in making friends
  • Trouble speaking to others and expressing one’s thoughts outwardly
  • Lack of motivation to join in activities or groups
  • Poor body language such as slouching, not looking someone in the eye and nervous leg and hand movements
  • Failure to successfully complete projects and tasks

If you or someone you care about shows one or more of these signs, it may be a case of impaired social skills. On the positive side, there are proven techniques to overcome poor social skills, ones that can be learned and improved upon with practice. Working with a certified outpatient social skills coach is one of those proven ways.

Methods Used to Overcome Social Skills Impairment

The onset and severity of social skills impairment may depend upon the person’s age, the underlying conditions mentioned earlier, and the patient’s receptiveness to treatment. Outside intervention, including outpatient counseling, is best. Here are some of the accepted therapies now available to treat someone with social skills impairment:

  • Cognitive Behavior Training (CBT): These methods identify the root causative factors and then help implement lifestyle modification practices for the patient. CBT focuses on the individual’s perceptions, mood and thinking patterns in a given situation, and how to make positive changes. For example, if social media is controlling you or your loved one’s life, a commitment to cap daily use may be recommended by a counselor or coach.
  • Executive Function Training (EFT): Under the guidance of a social skills professional the patient is taught how to better organize, strategically plan, prioritize, and complete tasks, while further focusing on building relationships and juggling objectives.
  • Modeling & Role Playing: As the name implies, a social skills instructor teaches the individual how to more effectively converse with others, while doing so with appropriate body language and other non-verbal cues. Assertiveness training is a part of this therapeutic process. Patients role play what they’ve learned with a trained counselor or coach, and then later with other people.

If you or someone you care about suffers from impaired social skills, whether a child or adult, the good news is that there are reliable ways to improve their social interaction abilities! As has been proven, the surest path to recovery needs to involve some type of social skills coach.

When it’s Time to Call Our Thriveworks Henrico, VA Social Skills Coaches Stand Ready!

For more information on social skills and Thriveworks Short Pump’s coaching services call: 804-205-3408 or visit our Contact page now.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Henrico therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Trish is VERY good at listening and responding with the right questions to get to your issue and literally talk it out. Therapists in the past seemed to have canned suggestions not relating to my specific issues.
Read more Trish is VERY good at listening and responding with the right questions to get to your issue and literally talk it out. Therapists in the past seemed to have canned suggestions not relating to my specific issues.
Joe Jan 2024
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Jennifer is a very caring therapist. She listens attentively and asks leading questions. This helps you work out the answer yourself.
Read more Jennifer is a very caring therapist. She listens attentively and asks leading questions. This helps you work out the answer yourself.
Sharon Jan 2024
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I've worked with Domonique and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. She is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success. She supported me in handling various major life changing situations.
Read more I've worked with Domonique and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. She is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success. She supported me in handling various major life changing situations.
Short Pump Dec 2020
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I was drinking just to cope with my depression 9 months ago. I thought it was the drinking that caused me to be depressed and miserable. I was so in denial I didn’t see how depressed and sad I really was. I had no hope. Mary put everything in perspective for me and helped challenge me to change. She gave me a little tough love and guidance that I needed. With the help of Mary’s help, coping skills, -and medication, I feel like a new woman! Thanks Mary for all your help! You rock! ❤️
Read more I was drinking just to cope with my depression 9 months ago. I thought it was the drinking that caused me to be depressed and miserable. I was so in denial I didn’t see how depressed and sad I really was. I had no hope. Mary put everything in perspective for me and helped challenge me to change. She gave me a little tough love and guidance that I needed. With the help of Mary’s help, coping skills, -and medication, I feel like a new woman! Thanks Mary for all your help! You rock! ❤️
Short Pump Sep 2020
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I have used Roberta as a consultant for three years. Her consultations about therapeutic and ethical situations have been both professional and wise. I am a hospital chaplain at a busy hospital and for our most challenging cases, I turn to Roberta. She is responsive and empathetic. I highly recommend Roberta as both a therapist and consultant.
Read more I have used Roberta as a consultant for three years. Her consultations about therapeutic and ethical situations have been both professional and wise. I am a hospital chaplain at a busy hospital and for our most challenging cases, I turn to Roberta. She is responsive and empathetic. I highly recommend Roberta as both a therapist and consultant.
Short Pump Jul 2020
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Mary and I have worked together for the last two years. She has been instrumental in assisting me to reach my goal of being a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her clinical perspective, knowledge, and understanding of counseling principles has made an positive impact on how I approach my clients. Mary offers an abundance of education and clinical expertise that she easily shares with others. Mary demonstrates empathy, clinical knowledge, has a sense of humor, and realistic view of client needs. She has the ability to tap into the client's world which enhances their therapeutic experience.
Read more Mary and I have worked together for the last two years. She has been instrumental in assisting me to reach my goal of being a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her clinical perspective, knowledge, and understanding of counseling principles has made an positive impact on how I approach my clients. Mary offers an abundance of education and clinical expertise that she easily shares with others. Mary demonstrates empathy, clinical knowledge, has a sense of humor, and realistic view of client needs. She has the ability to tap into the client's world which enhances their therapeutic experience.
Short Pump Oct 2019
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I've worked with Caitlin Devey, and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. Caitlin is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success.
Read more I've worked with Caitlin Devey, and I've seen the care and concern she provides her clients. She is invested in their wellbeing and offers clinically sound services. Caitlin is supportive, down to earth, but is also willing to tackle the tough issues, and by doing so, increases clients' growth and sets clients up for long-term success.
Short Pump Jun 2019
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Mrs. Lowenstein is one of my favorite people and one of the best supervisors I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Her commitment to my success as an MSW is nothing short of miraculous. She has advocated for me to get supervision from the Board of Social Work and has been next to me every step of my journey. Rebekah continues to go above and beyond for me and I have not doubt that she will do this for her clients as well. She is patient, funny, personable, competent, and one of the smartest women I know.
Read more Mrs. Lowenstein is one of my favorite people and one of the best supervisors I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Her commitment to my success as an MSW is nothing short of miraculous. She has advocated for me to get supervision from the Board of Social Work and has been next to me every step of my journey. Rebekah continues to go above and beyond for me and I have not doubt that she will do this for her clients as well. She is patient, funny, personable, competent, and one of the smartest women I know.
Short Pump Dec 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

We share a building with Tranquility Yoni Steam. Across the street is Divine World Changers International Ministries. We are near the intersection of Gayton Road and Cambridge Drive.

Phone number

(804) 265-4857

Languages spoken by VA providers

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