Social Skills Groups in Simi Valley

Help your child live a full and happy life.

You can’t stand to see your child struggling to find where they belong.

And you long for them to be able to feel connected, supported, and loved.
Yet, you worry that your child’s self-esteem is suffering and fear that they may always be misunderstood. You know your child stands out from their peers and that they struggle to catch on to the social cues that guide human interactions. And you’re ready to get them the help they need to live a full and engaging life.
You are heartbroken to think that your child might be labeled as weird or left playing alone because of their awkward behaviors with others. You wish they could express themselves without frustration and you long for them to fit in with the other children and to feel comfortable in their own skin.

You don’t want them to be bullied or to get lost in the school system

And yet, you don’t know what else to do. You’ve tried to work on social skills at home, but it’s not the same as interacting in real life with other children.
It’s so hard to remember a time when you weren’t consumed with worry about your child. Lately, you fear that if something doesn’t change soon, your child will be left behind, life will move on without them, and they’ll be lonely forever. You don’t know where to turn, and you wonder if anything or anyone can help.

You truly want to help your child live a full and happy life.

But you have no idea how to intervene when it comes to helping them connect with others. You never imagined someone you love would feel so isolated and misunderstood. And you certainly didn’t expect that their life would seem so uncertain.

When Your Child Joins a Social Skills Program at Simi Psychological Group

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Your child will feel more confident about making and keeping friends
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Your child will have the opportunity to build social skills with peers in a controlled environment
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Your child will gain confidence in their abilities to interpret social cues and social situations
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Your child will participate in team building exercises, role plays, and conversations
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Your child will gain confidence in their abilities to interpret social cues and social situations
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Your child will feel more understood and respected by others their own age

The Social Skills Group Process

Social Skills Groups are intended to foster relationships between your child and others. Through the use of cognitive behavioral techniques, we work with them to learn to recognize cause and effect, relationships between thought and action, how to slow social situations down, how to problem solve, and how to resolve conflict successfully. We provide a supportive environment in which your child can practice these skills and the tools to help your child build the language they need for joining and sustaining positive interactions with others.
Sessions are held weekly for 50-minutes each. Groups take place after school and run continually throughout the year. However, there may be a wait list for new groups until there are enough members to get started.
Before your child joins a group or is put on the waitlist, it may be a good idea to begin with individual, parenting, or family sessions to start implementing social skills sooner. If your child is already working one-on-one with another therapist, we prefer to build a collaborative relationship so we can help your child and your family reach your goals. Social Skills Groups are also separated by age group so elementary kids and middle schooler are interacting appropriately.

Here’s what to expect:

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you and your child’s group leader will meet alone. You will have the opportunity to work together to begin to understand what is really going on in your child’s world. Your child’s therapist will get to know your family by asking about your unique concerns. And, together, you will start to develop a plan for your time at Simi Psychological that will help your child to get the relief you all so deeply desire. An additional session will be held – typically with the child alone – to allow for the group leader to build rapport with your child and discuss the process of the group including the goals and expectations.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Teaching Social Skills

On a weekly basis, your child will meet with peers in settings structured for positive interaction and social skill development. Each group session is unique in the sense that we keep the individual goals of the child in mind when they are in the group. We also incorporate planned exercise to work on catching social cues, initiating and sustaining conversation, using humor appropriately, conflict resolution, and role-playing.

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you and your child’s group leader will meet alone. You will have the opportunity to work together to begin to understand what is really going on in your child’s world. Your child’s therapist will get to know your family by asking about your unique concerns. And, together, you will start to develop a plan for your time at Simi Psychological that will help your child to get the relief you all so deeply desire. An additional session will be held – typically with the child alone – to allow for the group leader to build rapport with your child and discuss the process of the group including the goals and expectations.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Teaching Social Skills

On a weekly basis, your child will meet with peers in settings structured for positive interaction and social skill development. Each group session is unique in the sense that we keep the individual goals of the child in mind when they are in the group. We also incorporate planned exercise to work on catching social cues, initiating and sustaining conversation, using humor appropriately, conflict resolution, and role-playing.
We strive for the most natural environment possible with real conversations and real engagement so your child starts to learn what would be expected with a peer at school or a playdate. We also encourage parents to schedule parenting or family sessions to check in on their child’s progress and discuss ways to help the child at home and school.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

When your child is ready to leave the group, you, your child, and your therapist will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work we have done together has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that your child and your family are able to retain what you have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of the group.

We will also hold a termination session for the group when one member is leaving so all children involved can share their experiences and decide if/how they’d like to stay connected once the group is over.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

When your child is ready to leave the group, you, your child, and your therapist will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work we have done together has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that your child and your family are able to retain what you have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of the group.

We will also hold a termination session for the group when one member is leaving so all children involved can share their experiences and decide if/how they’d like to stay connected once the group is over.

More About Simi Psychological Group

Our licensed therapists have years of experience working with children and families and we are specially trained in using groups to help your child learn to interact socially. As therapists, our job is to walk alongside your child, encouraging them in the utilization of appropriate skills and to help them break free from the struggles they are currently facing.
We want your child to feel like life makes more sense, and we want to help them to connect to the best parts of themselves with more clarity, ownership of self, and control over the direction of their life, not to be a victim of circumstances, but an active participant in a full and joyful life.

Simi Psychological Group works from a systems perspective

Which means our job is to help your child understand not only how every aspect of their life is connected, but how they are interconnected with those around them as well. Life is not lived in a vacuum, and therapy with us is about working through the deep-rooted issues that are keeping your child stuck. We wholeheartedly believe your child can take control over the direction of their life, they just need to be willing to trust themselves in the process.
We make it our mission to empower your child to recognize which areas of their life need to change and to feel capable of making those changes. We are dedicated to helping your child identify the obstacles that are keeping them from living the life they want and working with them to get through them so that they can reach the goals you have for them and your family. It is our passion to aid your child in understanding the big picture of their life and ensuring they become the person they want to be.

Who Benefits Most from Social Skills Programs

Children with autism, ADHD, social anxiety, and more.

Social Skills Groups are best for children who need help learning to relate effectively with peers and in other social situations.

Everyone feels awkward from time to time in relationships, but when there is an overwhelming pattern of isolation and anxiety, it may be time to seek help for your child.

Your child will benefit from a Social Skills Group if:
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They are having difficulty communicating effectively
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They are struggling to build strong peer relationships
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They are sad or angry because they aren’t connecting well with others and their self-esteem is suffering
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They miss out on social cues and feel awkward around others
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They have difficulty managing their emotions in social situations
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They have difficulty using humor effectively

There are certain situations where your child or family might not be ready for group counseling sessions with Simi Psychological Group.

These situations include, but are not limited to:
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When parents do not want to be actively involved in the process
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When a child/family cannot commit to weekly attendance for maximum impact
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When parents and the child are not willing to invest their time in creating real change
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When the child or parents are not willing to actively do what they practiced in session
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When you need to use insurance for direct reimbursement

What Do Social Skills Groups Cost at Simi Psychological?

Social Skills Groups are a fee for service program, and we accept all major forms of payment.
The intake and follow up session fees range depending on the group facilitator. Please contact us directly for individual fees. Each group session costs $60 per week.

Due to our desire to make sure you maintain maximum privacy and wanting to provide you with the highest level of care possible without constraints from managed care, we are out-of-network providers. This means we do not accept reimbursement directly from insurance.

However, the good news is that your health insurance may reimburse you for a portion of the fee. PPO insurances typically reimburse around 50%. Unfortunately, HMO, Medi-Cal, and Medicare insurances do not reimburse as they require that you see someone on their panel. We encourage you to find out more regarding your eligibility for out-of-network benefits. We will provide you with the necessary page to submit to your plan for reimbursement.

When and Where Can I Schedule a Social Skills Group Session for my Child in Simi Valley?

Our office is conveniently located at:
3695 Alamo St. Suite 103
Simi Valley, CA 93063.

We also serve Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, and the surrounding communities.

Social Skills Groups take place after school hours.

Your Next Steps for Teaching Social Skills

Your child absolutely can learn how to have positive interactions in social situations. They will be able to feel more confident when spending time with others their own age. They will also come to better embrace their true selves while building honest, connected relationships with others.
Forging solid connections with themselves and their peers may seem far off right now, but that doesn’t mean you’re child can’t set goals of having more positive relationships. They just need the support of a caring professional while they work through the process of gaining the tools they need.

Your child will gain self-assurance and practice in social interactions when they participate in Social Skills Groups.

And this peace will extend to you as you come to know that your child will be able to grow to have healthy relationships with others. We can help.