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Discover how starting loneliness counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Carelon, +18 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Men’s Issues, Stress, Bipolar Disorder, +2 more

As a human being, I understand the myriad of psychiatric, psychological, and mental health problems that humans face throughout their formative years,... As a human being, I understand the myriad of psychiatric, psychological, and mental health problems that humans face throughout their formative years, adolescence, young adulthood, and mid-adulthood. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +23 more
Stress, Anxiety, Depression

As a psychiatric nurse working in Boston, MA, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to my pa... As a psychiatric nurse working in Boston, MA, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to my patients. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +18 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +13 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +23 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +7 more

As a nurse who has been practicing nursing for over 20 years and a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator (of 10 years as well) working for a major cit... As a nurse who has been practicing nursing for over 20 years and a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator (of 10 years as well) working for a major city hospital in Massachusetts; caring for a wide ethnic group as well as young adults to geriatric population; working with many patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders in the in-patient and outpatient settings, I have practically seen it all and recognize some of the barriers to healthcare that the vulnerable and underserved population face therefore can understand the stigmatization and difficulty associated with caring for such group. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +20 more
Behavioral Issues, Stress, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, +5 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +23 more
Stress, Women’s Issues, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Sleep / Insomnia, Anxiety, +2 more

I understand the complex and dynamic needs associated with mental health challenges—and can help you fulfill those needs.

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Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +19 more
Autism, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Postpartum / Pregnancy, +3 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +19 more
Stress, Life Transition, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +19 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +10 more

Starting Loneliness counseling

What is Loneliness counseling?

Loneliness counseling is a specialized form of therapy focused on helping individuals navigate the emotional challenges and isolation associated with persistent loneliness. Counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Cambridge, MA create a supportive and understanding environment where clients can delve into the root causes of their loneliness and develop strategies to establish meaningful social connections.

How does Loneliness counseling work?

Loneliness counseling employs a multifaceted approach, utilizing Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to reframe your negative thought patterns, enhance communication, and improve social skills. It also incorporates interpersonal therapy to address relationship patterns, and mindfulness practices to manage feelings of loneliness and self-criticism. Goal-setting is also encouraged to help you actively pursue social connections and community engagement. Through these techniques, loneliness therapy empowers individuals to overcome isolation, develop meaningful relationships, and enhance their overall emotional well-being.

Is Loneliness counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks loneliness counseling in Cambridge, MA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Loneliness counseling last?

Loneliness counseling can take different amounts of time. It depends on how lonely a person is and how they're doing in counseling. Normally, it involves many sessions that last from a few weeks to a few months. The exact number of sessions and how long it takes are determined with the loneliness counselor's input.

Need more help deciding?

Just a few generations ago, many people were born into the communities that they would live in for their whole lives. They likely lived with or near extended family and multiple generations. The friendships they made as children sustained them as adults. Today, these communities are an anomaly. People often assume they will leave their hometowns first to pursue an education and then for professional advancement. It is common for a person to live in a city where they have no long-term friends or extended family members. Without a doubt, people today are fighting isolation and loneliness.

Some might argue that people who live disconnected lives can easily overcome the isolation through social media and technology. A grandmother in Florida can FaceTime with her grandson in Oregon. Sisters on opposite coasts can follow each other on Instagram. Families scattered geographically are all on Facebook together. However, researchers are saying that social media and technology may actually be exacerbating the disconnection. People may be sharing their selfies, but they are not sharing their true selves. In response, they are feeling unknown and unloved.

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

 

Isolation is not the inevitable result of the modern, disconnected society. Many people are fighting back against their feelings of loneliness by building up their community. Many are also working with a coach or counselor to know how.

The counselors and coaches at Thriveworks Cambridge have seen many clients who are overwhelmed by how isolated they feel. By working together, our professionals and these clients have learned that deep community can be established anywhere.

Building Up a Support System

In many ways, growing a stronger support system is much like building a stronger body. Some people may have more natural, physical strength than others, just as some people are more gifted relationally than others. However, anyone can improve. Social skills are just like another other skills—with practice and time, people get better at relating and connecting with others. A mental health professional can help people discern the exact areas where they need to grow, but here are a few tips to get started.

Tip #1: Stop watching TV. Instead, live your life.
Consider TV shows of all time that gained significant followings… Frasier, Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Modern Family, MASH, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, ER, Scrubs, Cheers, Sex and the City, Lost… are just a few that come to mind.

The characters, settings, and plots of these shows were drastically different, but it is likely the reason they grew to such popularity is the same: their characters shared deep relationships that many people want in their real lives. Whether they were friends doing nothing, supporting each other through relational drama, or pursuing their medical careers together, fans are drawn to the connection these characters share on screen.

Unfortunately, relationships in real life are much harder. They are never scripted, and they take a lot of work. Real life is messier than a sitcom, but the rewards of real-world relationships are worth the effort. Know that some awkwardness in relationships is normal and push through.

Next time you feel lonely, turn off the TV and call a friend. Instead of watching characters meet up for Sunday brunch, invite your friends over for mimosas. Instead of watching a crazy family TV’s reunion, start planning your own family’s reunion.

Tip #2: Redefine What Community Could Mean for You.
Local communities are changing, and with any shift, there are challenges and opportunities. Of course, one challenge is that people do not inherit their communities, but one opportunity is that people can define community in a way that works for them. People can experience community in any way and in any place they want.

In what ways do you feel known? Maybe you love to volunteer—at an animal shelter or as a youth coach. Maybe you love reading or knitting and want to join a club. Maybe a religious practice is a part of your identity. Pursue what you love, and more than likely, other people will be right alongside of you.

Just as community can be formed around any activity, so can it be found anywhere. For some, a small town is the right place. Others want a bustling city that never sleeps. Community is everywhere when people know how to look for it.

Thriveworks Cambridge—Coaching to Build Deeper Relationships

If you struggle with isolation… if you are one of many who live far away from loved ones… if you are ready to build stronger relationships, you are one of the many people living in the midst of a modern, disconnected world. You are also one of the many who are fighting for community. The coaches and counselors at Thriveworks Cambridge are ready to fight with you. Our professionals have helped many clients establish deeper relationships and overcome isolation and loneliness.

Thriveworks Cambridge has appointments available. When you contact our office, know that a real person will answer—we do not have a voicemail or an automated response system. New clients frequently meet with their coach or counselor within 24 hours of their first call. Our professionals are paneled with most insurance companies, which means we can accept most insurance plans. We also offer evening and weekend appointments.

Let’s get started. Contact Thriveworks Cambridge today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Cambridge therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Cambridge
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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All the people of thrive works have been great my doctor is awesome Dr. Lal
Anthony Dec 2023
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I am so pleased with my decision to see Rebecca at ThriveWorks in Cambridge. She is compassionate and understanding, but also pushes me to feel confident I can make changes in my life that are needed most. I feel so supported. Feeling grateful that I took a leap to try Rebecca!
Read more I am so pleased with my decision to see Rebecca at ThriveWorks in Cambridge. She is compassionate and understanding, but also pushes me to feel confident I can make changes in my life that are needed most. I feel so supported. Feeling grateful that I took a leap to try Rebecca!
Cambridge May 2022
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Rebecca Rodriquez is a true professional. I have found her to be trustworthy and truly helpful. She demonstrates kindness, compassion and strong clinical knowledge in her therapeutic approach. I highly recommend her to all. She has been extremely helpful to me.
Read more Rebecca Rodriquez is a true professional. I have found her to be trustworthy and truly helpful. She demonstrates kindness, compassion and strong clinical knowledge in her therapeutic approach. I highly recommend her to all. She has been extremely helpful to me.
Cambridge Apr 2022
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I have had the opportunity to work with Rebecca Rodrigues for a long time. She is a thoughtful professional, mindful clinician and highly respectful to her clients.
Read more I have had the opportunity to work with Rebecca Rodrigues for a long time. She is a thoughtful professional, mindful clinician and highly respectful to her clients.
Cambridge Apr 2022
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Arielle has been an incredible help in my life and I can’t thank her enough for it!
Cambridge Jun 2021
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I've had the pleasure of working with Alicia at her previous job. She is an incredible clinician who's knowledge, leadership, and compassionate made her an excellent supervisor and therapist.
Read more I've had the pleasure of working with Alicia at her previous job. She is an incredible clinician who's knowledge, leadership, and compassionate made her an excellent supervisor and therapist.
Cambridge Jan 2020
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I had been unable to make an appointment with a therapist for a long time. Everyone had a three month waiting list. I took a chance and made an appointment here. I love Hannah, she’s excellent, and I’m glad I found Thriveworks. It’s too soon for me to weigh in on the additional services Thriveworks offers but it seems good!
Read more I had been unable to make an appointment with a therapist for a long time. Everyone had a three month waiting list. I took a chance and made an appointment here. I love Hannah, she’s excellent, and I’m glad I found Thriveworks. It’s too soon for me to weigh in on the additional services Thriveworks offers but it seems good!
Cambridge Nov 2018
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Hannah Fulkerson has been a great help in creating a dialogue between myself and my wife. Thank you.
Read more Hannah Fulkerson has been a great help in creating a dialogue between myself and my wife. Thank you.
Cambridge Aug 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Cambridge is located off of Massachusetts Ave, on the north side of the Charles River. Our office is in the Cambridge Tower next to Apollo Travel and Tours, Tanjore, and Cambridge Premier Realty. The closest bus stop is Massachusetts Ave opp Lee St. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(617) 380-4651

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Creole
  • French
  • Japanese
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