Learning to Connect

People are naturally communal, so possessing strong social skills is key to our survival. To truly thrive, we require the fundamental abilities to express ourselves, ask for help, and connect with others. Yet many people, both young and old, lack these basic tenets of communication on some level. The causes of social deficits can vary greatly—from social anxiety, to developmental delays, to a simple lack of exposure to healthy human interaction. However, the results are often unfortunately the same: isolation, explosive emotions, shame, fear, and confusion.

Through social skills training I strive to help those who struggle with social functioning to not only develop the skills that are lacking, but to take them a step further by making them their own. I employ a variety of techniques and modes of interaction to help my clients to strengthen their ability to effectively communicate. Focus areas of treatment often include:

  • Active listening skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Learning to read social cues
  • Reading tone and body language
  • Conversational tools
  • Self-soothing / calming techniques
  • How to identify "good friends"
  • How to make friends / maintain friendships
  • Conflict resolution
  • Confrontation skills
  • Finding "your unique voice"

Social anxiety or lacking in social skills can be a truly crippling, painful affliction that you or someone you love has lived with for many years. One of the most insidious symptoms is fear or resistance to asking for help. This effectively perpetuates the cycle of isolation and can only lead to more social avoidance. The shame is devastating, but you do not have to go through it alone. If you're ready for help, I'm here to guide you through. Call me for a FREE phone consultation and we can discuss treatment options.




Teaching Social Skills is one of my treatment specialties:

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Anthony Gershenson, LMFT

(323) 942-9796

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