Social Recovery Therapy

Social Recovery Therapy is a holistic therapeutic approach designed to address social isolation, loneliness, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships. It recognizes the importance of social connections for overall well-being and places emphasis on restoring and enhancing social functioning through evidence-based interventions and support.

Social Recovery Therapy


Social Recovery Therapy founded by Fowler et al., 2013 amalgamates elements from cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, and psychosocial rehabilitation. Its roots lie in the integration of these modalities to address the impact of social factors on mental health. Initially influenced by the emergence of cognitive-behavioral therapy in the 1960s, SRT further evolved with the incorporation of social skills training in the 1970s and psychosocial rehabilitation in the 1980s. Over time, the collective contributions of various professionals have shaped SRT into a comprehensive approach to enhancing social functioning and mental well-being.

Focus theme / core-concept

The core concept of Social Recovery Therapy revolves around the understanding that social connectedness and healthy relationships are essential for an individual's mental, emotional, and social well-being. It emphasizes the development of social skills, fostering supportive relationships, and creating opportunities for social engagement and participation.


- Enhanced Social Competence: Cultivates improved social skills, fostering confidence and effectiveness in various social interactions.

- Strengthened Community Bond: Fosters a heightened sense of community and belonging, promoting social connections and support networks.

- Alleviated Social Isolation: Reduces feelings of loneliness and isolation by facilitating meaningful social interactions and relationships.

- Improved Interpersonal Dynamics: Enhances relationship satisfaction and communication, leading to healthier and more fulfilling connections.

- Elevated Quality of Life: Elevates overall well-being by addressing social challenges, fostering emotional resilience, and enhancing life satisfaction.


Promote Community Integration: Facilitate the integration of individuals into various community settings, such as workplaces, educational institutions, and recreational centers, to foster a sense of belonging and social inclusion.

Foster Emotional Regulation: Help individuals develop effective strategies for managing and regulating emotions within social interactions, promoting emotional stability and resilience.

Cultivate Empathy and Compassion: Encourage the development of empathy and compassion towards others, fostering a deeper understanding of different perspectives and enhancing interpersonal connections.

Encourage Reciprocity in Relationships: Promote the balance of giving and receiving within relationships, fostering mutual support, and building a sense of trust and cooperation.

Develop Conflict Resolution Skills: Equip individuals with effective conflict resolution strategies to address and manage interpersonal conflicts, promoting healthier and more sustainable relationships.


Social Skills Training: Therapists teach and practice specific social skills, such as active listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and non-verbal communication, to enhance social functioning.

Cognitive Restructuring: Individuals explore and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs related to social interactions, replacing them with more positive and realistic perspectives.

Role-Playing and Behavioral Rehearsal: Through role-playing exercises, individuals practice social situations, receiving feedback and guidance to improve social skills and confidence.

Supportive Counseling: Therapists provide a safe and empathetic environment for individuals to discuss and explore social concerns, emotions, and relationship difficulties, offering guidance and support.

Community Integration: Therapists assist individuals in identifying community resources, support groups, and social activities to foster social engagement and connection.