NEW: Summer 2014 Social Skills Groups

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This summer I have decided to offer two social skills groups for adolescents in my office in Chester Springs.  The groups are co-ed and one will be for middle school (for adolescents entering 6th-8th grades) and the other will be for high school (9th-12th grades).

I have worked with adolescents for over 10 years and have run groups in a number of different settings.  I’ve noticed that there are very few social skills groups offered, although these are in high demand.  And outside of the Main Line there are almost none.

I decided to put together some groups where adolescents can learn about an  important topic, share their experiences, practice skills, and engage in fun activities (while having pizza).  The goal is for participants to learn, while having fun and feeling safe and socializing with peers like them.  Parents will appreciate the opportunity for their children to get out of the house this summer, while learning and practicing skills with other kids their age.  It’s important for children and adolescents to stay engaged in some kind of structured activity over the summer- particularly when they have social challenges.

All sessions will be held in my office, which is 5 minutes from the Downingtown interchange of the PA turnpike, convenient to places like Downingtown, Exton, West Chester, Phoenixville, Glenmoore, Coatesville, Thorndale, Pottstown, Malvern, and Paoli.

Details are below.  Feel free to share with anyone who may be interested, and contact me with any questions: or 610-482-4496.


The Summer Social Club (SSC) is a social group that will meet in Chester Springs on select Sundays during the summer of 2014. Participants will discuss a relevant topic each week, engage in fun activities, and share experiences, in a casual, safe, and fun environment. A pizza lunch is included! Appropriate participants include adolescent boys and girls who enjoy socializing, but struggle with their interactions. They may or may not have diagnoses like ADHD; Asperger’s, PDD, and other Autism Spectrum Disorders; NVLD; or learning differences.

Summer 2014 program details:

  • The SSC will meet for 7 sessions.
  • Each session will include middle school (students entering 6th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) groups.
  • Groups will be limited to 8 participants.
  • The following topics will be covered:
    • starting and maintaining conversations
    • self-awareness/self-monitoring
    • listening skills, showing interest in others
    • appropriate use of humor
    • asking peers to hang out
    • building self-confidence
    • using strengths to build social connections

Summer 2014 session dates/times:

  • Sunday June 29th, July 13th and 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
  • Each group will meet for 1.5 hours
    • Middle School: 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • High School: 12:30 – 2:00pm

Summer 2014 pricing:

  • Full program cost is $300 ($42.85/session). $50 discount if you RSVP by 5/30/14. Space is limited.
  • Receipts will be provided for all participants, should you wish to seek out-of-network insurance reimbursement.

Program location:

157 Little Conestoga Road, Suite 3, Chester Springs, PA 19425

(Across from Carmine’s Pizza, in the Eagle Professional Center next to the Eagle Eye Center)

My office is 5 minutes from the Downingtown interchange of the PA turnpike, convenient to Downingtown, Glenmoore, Exton, Phoenixville, West Chester, Coatesville, Thorndale, Pottstown, Malvern, Paoli, Elverson, Honey Brook, and Morgantown.

Groups will be led by Dr. Jesse Matthews, a licensed psychologist. Dr. Matthews has worked with adolescents for over 10 years and has extensive experience with running social groups. He has been a counselor in a private school for students with learning differences; worked in community mental health and private practice; and has served as the clinical director and a group leader at the Sequoia Kids Sunday social skills program. Dr. Matthews has also run an ADHD support group through Chester County CHADD and recently presented at their annual conference.

Please contact Dr. Matthews to RSVP and with questions regarding the program or the fit for your child.

Dr. Matthews can be contacted at or 610-482-4496.


Published by Dr. Jesse Matthews

I'm a practicing psychologist and director of Matthews Counseling & Coaching, a private practice in Chester Springs, PA. I work with clients 18 and older, and my specialties include: depression; addiction/substance abuse; relationships; anxiety; ADHD and behavioral issues; and Autism/Asperger's. Our group works with individuals from tween through older adult, helping them with a variety of life issues. Check out the practice website for information on other clinicians and their services: .

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