Social aspects of life are as important to a person's well being as are academics. Both involve fitting into the society in which we live. Many times people who lack these skills are the target of others, and feel left out or different. Everyone faces the challenge of adjusting to the world, but some of us need help developing these skills. When we understand appropriate ways of interacting, we are more likely to be socially adept and experience positive interpersonal relationships. These "social skills" can be learned and taught at any age.
An eclectic approach is utilized including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, journaling, meditation and relaxation techniques, worksheets, videos, board games, role play, discussion, and problem solving.
How does my child/myself get along with peers?
Am I/my child sensitive to other's feelings?
Is impulse control difficult for me or my child?
Am I/my child able to join, maintain, or start conversations?
Do I/my child have difficulty in group settings?
Do I/my child have difficulty making or keeping friendships?
Am I/my child able to enter new environments?
Do I/my child experience anxiety in social activities/events?
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Services can be provided individually, in a group, or family session.
Sessions are generally 45 minutes, one time per week, but can be arranged to meet individual needs.
For information regarding fees and insurance, please contact the office at 908-301-0900.
Day and evening hours. Weekends available upon request.
Susan Mendelson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience working with families and children. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Kean University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the New Jersey Association of School Social Workers (NJASSW). Ms. Mendelson has experience in the New Jersey public school system working with children in regular and special education, in grades Kindergarten through High School. She is also an adjunct professor at Kean University and Rutgers University. Ms. Mendelson is also a Child Specialist in collaborative and mediated divorces, having completed 40 hours of mediation training, as well as collaborative divorce training. Certification for Sand Tray Therapy is pending.