Therapy For Loneliness

Loneliness, Therapy

Loneliness is a common feeling that we all might have experienced at one time or another, but you might be experiencing a more severe, crippling form of loneliness that can make it harder to be motivated, or be social, and otherwise function in your day-to-day life. If you are struggling with crippling loneliness, then you should know that it is never too late to start working on overcoming it and the underlying factors that contribute to such severe distress. If you are ready to start tackling your loneliness or you just feel like you need someone to talk to about your loneliness, then therapy could be a good option for you. I am here to provide you with treatment for your feelings of aloneness and can help you take the first steps to overcome the loneliness you are experiencing.

Defining Loneliness

As I already mentioned, loneliness is an emotion that almost everyone feels from time to time. Whether it inhibits you emotionally, or physically, or both, loneliness is a human emotion that is quite common. However, if you want to identify if your loneliness is worthy of therapy, it is important to know exactly what the clinical description of loneliness is and what you might be feeling if you are plagued by loneliness.

Loneliness typically occurs when an individual is feeling unfulfilled in their social life. This could be due to a lack of company, social anxiety, uncontrollable events, loss of a loved one, and many other things. One can also feel lonely when surrounded by others. Generally, loneliness may feel like an undesirable way to live, and those who experience loneliness typically do not want to feel lonely anymore. Loneliness is painful. There are a variety of reasons for possible loneliness, and if you are feeling alone then you should know that millions of people are going through the same thing. Loneliness is a common reason that individuals seek therapy.

Reasons for Loneliness

There is no one set reason for someone to feel debilitating loneliness. Loneliness could be caused by a variety of reasons. Many people report feeling lonely because of the end of a relationship or an inability to be social, but a wide range of people experience loneliness . Here are some of the most common reasons for loneliness that patients experience:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Ending of a relationship
  • Being a single parent
  • Being single
  • Retirement or boredom
  • Relocating
  • Abuse or neglect survival
  • Having emotionally absent parents

Loneliness is caused by a wide range of possible reasons, and is not limited to the causes on my list.
Loneliness can also be caused by a mixture of these factors that could worsen the experience of
loneliness that you are feeling.

Professional Therapy

If you are experiencing loneliness and it is interfering with your quality of life, then you should know there are steps that you can take to combat this feeling and get to the core issues of what you are experiencing. This can be accomplished with the help of a professional. I provide therapy to help clients gain insight into the causes for these feelings of loneliness and address the factors in their life that have led to these feelings and get relief.

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