Beverly Hills Loneliness Therapy

Conquering Isolation and Loneliness in Beverly Hills, MI—Coaches and Counselors

A few decades ago, average people would have never thought that they would one day use a phone to see and chat with people anywhere in the world. People may be more connected to one another than they have ever been in any other period of time. With an app on their phone or tablet, people have access to their loved one’s Twitter feed, Facebook status, and Instagram photos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With so much access to their loved ones, it might be easy to think that loneliness has died along with the touch-tone phone. However, researchers are finding that the opposite is true. While people have unprecedented access to their loved ones through social media and through their electronic devices, they are experiencing greater levels of loneliness and isolation.

Much like people can be in a crowded room and still feel alone, people can have a social network without having a support network. Being around people and connecting with them are different activities. Sharing a status update and sharing oneself are also different activities. Feelings of loneliness arise when people feel disconnected, unknown, and unloved. As Mother Teresa explains,

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness,
and the feeling of being unloved.”

In many ways, modern social makes deep connection difficult, but loneliness and isolation are not inevitable fates. Many people are discovering how to cultivate deep community, both in-person and online. They may be fighting the flow of modern life, but their efforts are worth it. These people are finding the community and support they need. In the process, they are experiencing less isolation. In order to achieve these goals, many people are also working with a coach or a counselor for guidance.

Thriveworks Beverly Hills has helped many clients who want to cultivate meaningful community and deep friendships. These clients have often found a way to connect in a disconnected world.

Fighting Loneliness: A Few Tips

People are learning how to build to community, and these relational skills can be learned and improved upon—much like any other skill. Certain people are naturally good with establishing and maintaining relationships, but most people have to work at their skills. Working with a therapist or mental health professional can help, but here are a few tips on improving your relationships:

Tip #1: Shut off the TV.
Think about the most popular TV shows of all time—the ones that have faithful followings and fan bases. MASH, Parks and Rec, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Cheers, Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Scrubs, Frasier, Sex and the City, Lost, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, Seinfeld…to name a few.

Despite their diverse plots, settings, and characters, these shows resonated with people because they have a very important theme in common: community. Friends are supporting each other through life’s personal and professional challenges. Families are close-knit, understanding, and supportive. Unfortunately, these sitcoms are also scripted and often completely unrealistic.
Instead, of watching TV friends have brunch, and invite a real-life friend to brunch. Meeting with a loved one for coffee will not be as smooth as it is depicted upon TV, but it the key to forming a community—being with people in real life.

Most people never miss their shows once they turn the TV off and spend that time with loved ones instead. They may be missing the latest plot twist, but they are gaining so much more—stronger friendships, healthier family relationships, and more.

Tip #2: Form Inner-Circle Friendships.
Everyone needs at least one inner-circle friend—someone who knows and accepts them. Inner-circle friends are the ones people call to share good news or commiserate over bad news. They are people who know one another well and care for one another well. Inner-circle friendships have at least three characteristics:

  1. They interact beyond the context where they first met each other. Acquaintance relationships are built upon convenience. Inner-circle friendships survive a context change. For example, people might meet a friend at work, but that friend is not an inner-circle friend until they go out for a drink together and do not talk about work.
  2. They do not need an activity in order to get together. Of course, inner-circle friends go out to the movies or have a poker night, but they also ditch their plans when necessary. They can simply be together without a problem.
  3. They trust each other with the details of their lives. When one inner-circle friend gets a raise, the other knows about it. When one inner-circle friend is going through a divorce, the other knows. The friendship is a safe place to share and be known.

Building Inner-Circle Relationships—Appointments at Thriveworks Beverly Hills for Loneliness

If you are ready to build an inner-circle but are not sure what steps to take, consider working with a counselor or coach. Mental health professionals can often help people who are ready to form deeper connections. They understand the social skills it takes to connect in a meaningful way. Thriveworks Beverly Hills has appointments available for conquering isolation and loneliness.

When you contact our office, know that a person will answer your call. We do not have a voicemail or automated response system. We also do not have a waitlist. Instead, many new clients have their first appointment within 24 hours of their call. We also accept most forms of insurance.
Let’s start building. Contact Thriveworks Beverly Hills today.

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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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