Are you looking for a social skills group for college students to help you make friends, grow in confidence, and better handle stress?
Are you a college student who:
- has trouble making friends but really wants friends
- wants to spend time with other students with shared challenges who get you
- often feels stressed out
- has difficulty reading social cues
- wants to successfully adapt to college
- needs help learning how to self-advocate
- wants to gain more independence
- has autism traits not always apparent to others
…then, this is the group for you!
About the Group
The “COLLEGE GROUP” meets weekly and provides you with HELPFUL STRATEGIES to make friends, improve conversational skills, and reduce stress. In the group you will get to know other college students like yourself, who understand the specific challenges you’re facing, and who will support and encourage you!
Our social skills group focuses on the development of social communication skills and self-advocacy skills. Both sets of skills are essential for young people to successfully adjust to college. Our program provides specific strategies to initiate and maintain conversations, and to actively listen and take-turns speaking with others. As a result, participants learn ways to find and maintain friends with shared interests. We know you want friends whom you can trust, have fun with, and have common interests.
Self-Advocacy is a Key Skill to Learn
As a student, communicating with professors and other college staff is also critical to your success in college. Our social skills group will help prepare you for communicating with professors when you need clarification around assignments or topics covered in class, or when you need to request academic accommodations to support your educational success.
We understand engaging in social interactions can be very stressful. That stress is compounded by the natural stress associated with schoolwork, managing your time, taking on adult responsibilities, and living more independently. Soon, we will help you identify strategies to better manage your stress and social anxiety. Through positive interactions with peers in the group and practice using your newly learned skills, you will grow in confidence. We help you develop the skills and confidence to lead the independent life you want!
Will Social Skills be practiced in the group?
Absolutely! Every week in group you’re given the opportunity to practice the social skills you’re learning! Certainly, in this college group, you will get to know other college students who are also working on increasing their independence and social skills. Group members will support and encourage you. Over the course of 20 weeks, students will get to know each other in a safe setting with the support of mental health professionals. So, the group itself gives you an opportunity to have a positive experience in a social setting!
New Group Forming
Open Doors Therapy begins new groups on a regular basis. We are now filling our next College group. To see if the group is a good fit for you and to reserve your spot in group, reach out today!
Details About the College Group
The group consists of up to 8 college students, and meets weekly for 1 hour and 45 mins at our Palo Alto office.
- Duration: 20 weeks
- Days/Times: Meeting Days and Times Vary
- Price: $150/Session
- Learn more about fees and payment
Ready to join this college group?
If you are a current college student or recent college graduate in the South Bay Area, and identify as being on the Autism spectrum, this group is for you. When you are ready to improve your life, better cope with stress, and stand up for yourself, it is time to get started.
Next, let’s talk about how to get started. To get set up for therapy, counseling and therapeutic interventions, just follow these simple steps:
- Contact Open Doors Therapy to schedule a free 30 minute phone consultation.
- Attend a 1 hour intake meeting
- Join our college group & start learning new life skills!
Take the next positive step in your life journey!
Groups & Resources at Open Doors Therapy
Our San Francisco Bay Area mental health clinic focuses on serving individuals with autistic traits (Aspergers, high functioning autism, undiagnosed autism traits, etc), and their families. Our services include individual counseling, parent counseling and group therapy. Some of our support and educational groups include: college students with autistic traits, neurodiverse adults, women who identify as neurodiverse, and neurodiverse youth & caregivers. If you want to learn more about any of these services, please reach out today!