Social Skills Groups for Adults

Relaxed Encounters

To make or maintain a relationship with a friend or work colleague requires conversations, problem solving, mutual understanding and much more. Research suggests that social behavior is best learned through role playing, real life experiences, repetition and modeling. For those who struggle with the social demands of everyday life, negative thoughts or beliefs about social experiences can become generalized and self -defeating. Self -defeating negative thoughts interfere with developing friendships and intimacy. This social anxiety and social skills group is designed to help adults learn and implement cognitive and behavioral strategies to enhance their professional and personal relationships.

Participants will practice cognitive and behavioral techniques to reduce anxiety and negative thoughts such as:

  • Identifying cognitive distortions or “ways anxiety tricks me”
  • Talking back to anxiety
  • Ways to change my thinking
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Self acceptance and positive self talk
  • “slow down” technique

Participants will use role- plays to practice:

  • Conversation skills
  • Self disclosure to move the relationship forward
  • Assertiveness
  • Listening skills
  • Eye contact and body language

Groups are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:15PM.  Fee is $700, for the 10 week program with a no cost initial consultation required before joining the group.

Juliet Melamid, LMFT, will facilitate the groups.  Juliet has had more than 15 years experience creating and facilitating social skills groups.

First Encounters

First Encounters is a social skills group designed to help young adults manage the social aspects of a new job or new friendship. This interactive group will use discussion, role- playing and projects to address issues of social cognition, social skills, anxiety and self esteem.   Topics will include:

  • Improving motivation to make a new friend or meet a colleague
  • Making small talk (conversation skills)
  • Recognizing, understanding and acting on social cues
  • Improving perspective taking
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Increasing self esteem
  • Solving interpersonal problems
  • Acting assertively not angrily

Group details:

  • 10 week group
  • Tuesday evenings 5:30-6:45
  • $700. for 10 weeks. Includes initial consultation


College Encounters: A  summer social anxiety and social skills group for College students (summer only)

College Encounters is a group designed to help young adults manage the social aspects of college life. Through discussion, role- playing and projects the group will help participants improve their social competence and self- advocacy skills. We will also focus on specific strategies to reduce the social anxiety so students feel more confident to develop relationships with friends and professors.

Topics will include:

  • Improving motivation to make new friends
  • Conversations that start and deepen friendships
  •  Recognizing, understanding and acting on social cues
  •  Improving perspective taking
  •  Relaxation and positive self talk
  •  Solving interpersonal problems
  •  Advocating for oneself

Group will be held on Tuesdays at 5:30PM. A no cost initial consultation is required.

Please contact Juliet Melamid, LMFT through www.stepstoresilience or 717-983-8855 for further information.

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