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As an individual who has experienced anxiety and depression, I understand the value of having support to help you navigate through these issues. I wo... As an individual who has experienced anxiety and depression, I understand the value of having support to help you navigate through these issues. I would love to be that support for you and walk alongside you as you become the best version of yourself! Read more

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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 Knoxville, TN 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 Knoxville, TN 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.

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Have you ever been in a crowded room but felt lonely? Most people have. It might be a cliché, but it resonates with people’s experiences. Being around people and being with them are two different experiences. The same is true for social media and being online. People can have Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, but still feel lonely.

In fact, a significant amount of research suggests that social media may be making people more isolated and increasing their feelings of loneliness. A grandfather in Miami, Florida may be able to see the pictures his grandchildren in Nebraska posted to Instagram, but are they connecting? Reading someone’s status update is a very different emotional process than listening closely as they share a life update during a face-to-face conversation.

“Our uniqueness makes us special, makes perception valuable—but it can also make us lonely. This loneliness is different from being ‘alone’: You can be lonely even surrounded by people. The feeling I’m talking about stems from the sense that we can never fully share the truth of who we are. I experienced this acutely at an early age.” —Amy Tan

Most people curate their social media presence. While it is smart to use discretion when sharing about oneself online, a curated self is not necessarily the truth of who we are. As author Amy Tan explains, people need to be known and accepted for who they are. When these are missing in their lives, they may feel lonely, even if they have hundreds of social media followers and friends.

Loneliness and isolation are not an inevitable result of today’s world. Many people are using both their online and real-world presence to share their true selves and to build deep communities. Many people are also working with a coach or a counselor to learn how to build their support network.

Thriveworks Knoxville is helping more and more clients who are tired of the isolation they are experiencing. They are ready to be proactive about their community and pursue deep relationships.

Strengthening Relationships and Cutting Out Isolation

Not long ago, most people lived their lives in one town. They inherited a community when they were born, and they grew up, lived, and died with the same people. Today, leaving one’s hometown is the norm. Most people move frequently—pursuing educational and professional opportunities. A new opportunity may mean a new job which may mean a new city which may mean a new community. Many people live without another family member or long-term friend living nearby.

Relationships, social connections, and communities, however, are not static. People can improve the community they experience. They can build deeper friendships. They can form meaningful social connections. And many people are doing just that. Here are a few tips for how…

Tip #1: Reimagine Community so It Works for You.
How communities work is, without question, changing, but not all change is bad. Today, people have more freedom to define community in a way that works for them. What do you want community to look like? Where do you want to experience community?

For some, they join a like-minded community to establish relationships. They may take part in a religion, a civic association, or a club. Others find community in service—volunteering at a shelter or mentoring youth. Any activity where people are able to express themselves has the potential for community.

Relationships can also be formed anywhere. Some people prefer cities that never sleep. They may be comforted by knowing that the corner store is open 24/7. Others want a small, sleepy town with its unique rituals. Others want the rhythm of the suburbs. Community can be found anywhere. Think about what works for you.

Tips #2: Cultivate Friends Who Are in Your Inner-circle.
People cannot and should not be relationally close with everyone in their lives. It is normal and healthy to have acquaintances. It is also normal and healthy to have a few deep, inner-circle friends. What is an inner-circle friend? There are at least three criteria:

  1. The relationship has extended beyond the circumstances where it was first established. You may have met an inner-circle friend at book club, at work, or at your kid’s school, but now, you spend time in different contexts. Acquaintance relationships generally end when the context that established them ends. Inner-circle friendships can survive when the scene changes.
  2. You can simply be together without an activity. Good friends will clearly catch a movie together, play a round of golf, or go out for manicures, but they are also ok with simply being together.
  3. You each trust each other with what is happening in your lives. With inner circle friendships, when one friend struggles with parenting, the other knows about it. If one broke up, the other knows. If one got a raise, the other knows. They share their successes and failures.

Coaching for Building Community at Thriveworks Knoxville

The modern world makes community more difficult, but many people are fighting back the loneliness and fighting for deep community. They are also working with a coach or counselor to know how.

If you are ready to meet with a mental health professional to work on strengthening your relationships, know that Thriveworks Knoxville has appointments available. When you call our office, you may be meeting with a coach the following day. We accept most forms of insurance, and we offer evening and weekend appointments.

Contact Thriveworks Knoxville today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Knoxville therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Hear from our clients

4.6 Thriveworks Knoxville reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Read more I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Knoxville Feb 2020
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I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Read more I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Knoxville Sep 2019
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★★★★★
Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Read more Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Knoxville Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Read more Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Knoxville Dec 2018
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★★★★★
Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Read more Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Knoxville Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Read more Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Read more My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Read more I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Knoxville Sep 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Knoxville is located off of N Peters Rd and Market Pl Blvd, across the street from Market Place Shopping Center. Our other neighbors include Block Advisors, Geosyntec Consultants, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff. The closest bus stop to our building is N Peters Rd EB @ Market Place Blvd.

Phone number

(865) 290-2278

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