As children grow and mature into adults, many learn to interact successfully with others by emulating those around them and by absorbing guidance from parents, carers and teachers. However, for some children this process is impeded by events in their lives. Similarly, learning difficulties may also hinder the development of social skills. As a result, children and teenagers may find themselves repeatedly rejected by their peers, leading to a poor self image.
Social skills training, together with counselling, aims to support the child and young adult on an emotional level, whilst teaching ways of interacting, from appropriate use of eye contact, to listening skills, to finding common ground with their peers.
This therapy is appropriate for young people between the ages of 10-16. Older teenagers and adults may wish to consider other forms of therapy, such as integrative or cognitive behavioural therapy.