Do you have difficulty forming or keeping friendships? Do you find social expectations hard to predict and understand, or do you sometimes feel that you react differently than other people do in social situations? Do your interactions with others often miss the mark and leave you feeling more disconnected or alienated than you felt before?
Social challenges are more common than popular culture and sitcoms would have us believe! Struggling with feeling awkward in social situations can be even more painful when we feel like everyone but us has it all figured out, and we can even feel ashamed that we have to put more thought and intention into something that seems to come so naturally to others. The truth is that making and keeping friendships is a highly complex and multifaceted process, and even the most seemingly naturally social people probably have strategies that they bring into social situations.
Friendships can spring up in different life stages and can be founded on many different things, such as shared interests, similar characteristics, or just genuinely enjoying each other’s company. However, for some of us, it is difficult to respond to others’ expectations of us, and it can be difficult to know how to connect. Navigating social relationships is a skill, and often requires purpose, practice, and intentionality.
At Take Root Therapy, we strive to provide a completely non-judgmental and supportive environment in order to help you better manage your relationships. We work with clients to identify what positive characteristics they bring to peer relationships, as well as what characteristics they’d like to look for (and NOT look for) in potential friends. With the guidance of a therapist, you can work through social challenges, and learn how to engage socially with more confidence and less self-judgment. We give our clients tools and strategies for overcoming social anxiety and for making positive connections with other people.