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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 Philadelphia, PA 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 Philadelphia, PA 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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Just 15 years ago, many people could have never imaged the way technology would connect people from all over the world. Twitter. Facebook. FaceTime. Snapchat. Google Chat. Instagram. In an instant, people can chat anytime, anywhere. A grandmother on the east coast can video conference with her grandchild on the west coast. If they have their phone on them, people are never alone. And yet, more and more people are experiencing isolation and loneliness. Many researchers have even documented how social media may be contributing to the rise of loneliness.

The truth is that being around people—either physically or electronically—and connecting with them are two different concepts.

Just as people can be in a crowded room and feel alone, so they can constantly be on social media and be lonely. People may be tweeting about their delicious meal, but are they opening up to their loved ones about how they are really doing and what they are feeling? Even more, are they equipped and ready to listen to their loved ones share their experiences and emotions? These healthy connections are the building-blocks of community and the keys to overcoming isolation.

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

As loneliness is becoming a bigger social problem, many people are fighting for community. They are learning the social skills it takes to give and receive love, as Mother Teresa exhorts. They are taking the vulnerable steps of opening up about their sadness and joy. In the process of overcoming their loneliness, many people are working with a mental health professional. A skilled therapist can often point clients toward the emotional and social muscles they need to exercise as they build up their community.

The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Philadelphia have worked with many clients who feel loneliness but who are also ready to pursue community.

Overcoming Loneliness: A Few Tips

The social skills needed to overcome isolation and build community are just that—skills. Like any other ability, people can improve their skill at connecting with others. Here are a few tips for how…

Tip 1: Stop Watching TV (It may be mocking you).
Think about some of the most popular shows of all time: Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, Parks and Rec, Scrubs, Lost, Cheers, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Gilmore Girls, Frasier, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Sex and the City, Seinfeld.

What is the common thread in these shows? Community. Friends and families are sharing their lives on screen. All too often, these shows are popular because they display the connections people long for in their own lives but do not have.

In many ways, TV mocks those who watch it. Instead of watching friends share a home and pursue their medical careers together, so move into a home with your closest friends. Instead of watching a tight-knit family planning their adventures together, go plan an adventure with your own family. Instead of watching friends hang out at a bar or a coffee shop, go hang out at a bar or coffee shop with your friends. When people watch less TV and spend more time with their loved ones, they rarely miss the screen time.

Tip 2: Cultivate Your Inner Circle.
Bringing people into your inner circle means building deeper connections with them. When people are in your inner circle, they are more than acquaintances—they are friends. Here are some ways to know if a person is in your inner circle:

  1. Do you and this individual interact in different contexts than where you originally met? Many acquaintance relationships are built upon convenience. You are co-workers; your kids go to school together; you are in the same exercise class. Strong friendships can survive a shift in context. Acquaintance relationships end when the context ends.
  2. Do you and this individual spend time together without an activity? Getting a manicure or pedicure is fun. Poker night is great. However, deeper relationships move beyond the activity. Good friends can ditch poker night after a hard day at work and process together. Poker buddies are truly friends when they also know what is happening in each other’s lives, not just each other’s game strategy.
  3. Do you trust this person with your joys and challenges? Similarly, does this person trust you with their joys and challenges? It takes courage to share about your life, and people in your inner circle should respect what you share. Likewise, you should be the same type of person.

When people have an inner circle, they feel much less lonely, and the world feels a little less scary.

Coaching and Counseling to Build Community at Thriveworks Philadelphia

Are you feeling the loneliness of modern society? You are not the only one. Many people are experiencing loneliness, but many are also overcoming it and building the community they want. If you are ready to learn the social skills you need to form the community you desire, then the therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Philadelphia are ready to help.

When you call our office to make an appointment, you may have your first session within 24 hours. We offer weekend and evening appointments, but we do not keep a waitlist. Our professionals are also credentialed with most insurance companies which means we probably accept your insurance.

Community and connection are waiting. Let’s get to work. Call Thriveworks Philadelphia today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Philadelphia therapists and counselors accept 38 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage

  • AmeriHealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Philadelphia
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

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Rob is great! Making progress.
Brian Dec 2023
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I had the pleasure of working alongside Marie for years. Her work with her clients is unparalleled. She is clinically exceptional, while somehow maintaining an authenticity that makes working with her in any capacity a wonderfully positive experience. I would recommend Marie to anyone who is serious about helping themselves, and particularly those with a history of trauma.
Read more I had the pleasure of working alongside Marie for years. Her work with her clients is unparalleled. She is clinically exceptional, while somehow maintaining an authenticity that makes working with her in any capacity a wonderfully positive experience. I would recommend Marie to anyone who is serious about helping themselves, and particularly those with a history of trauma.
Philadelphia Aug 2022
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Marie is the best around. So knowledgeable and supportive with her clients. She helped me through many traumatic situations without judgment. If you are looking for an amazing therapist to help you, she is who you need.
Read more Marie is the best around. So knowledgeable and supportive with her clients. She helped me through many traumatic situations without judgment. If you are looking for an amazing therapist to help you, she is who you need.
Philadelphia Aug 2022
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Marie Moriarty Puggi is a fantastic clinician. She’s very person centered and empathetic. She goes above and beyond for her clients and their families. They have shown a great deal of appreciation for the efforts she makes with her clients. They want to talk with her and engage and do the work in order to heal. Highly recommended.
Read more Marie Moriarty Puggi is a fantastic clinician. She’s very person centered and empathetic. She goes above and beyond for her clients and their families. They have shown a great deal of appreciation for the efforts she makes with her clients. They want to talk with her and engage and do the work in order to heal. Highly recommended.
Philadelphia Aug 2022
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Marie is an excellent Therapist. She assisted me with various ways to change my perspective. Marie's assistant me with positive ways to view situations and how to be accountable for my behavior. Marie is very kind and personable. She made me feel important and that I should matter to me first.
Read more Marie is an excellent Therapist. She assisted me with various ways to change my perspective. Marie's assistant me with positive ways to view situations and how to be accountable for my behavior. Marie is very kind and personable. She made me feel important and that I should matter to me first.
Philadelphia Aug 2022
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Marie has an excellent communication skills. She displayed active listening skills when engaging with her clients and coworkers. Marie is dependable, accountable and reliable. Marie is a team player who goes beyond her expectations to meet the need of her consumer. Marie is non judgemental, observant and respectful. Marie is a very patient therapist.
Read more Marie has an excellent communication skills. She displayed active listening skills when engaging with her clients and coworkers. Marie is dependable, accountable and reliable. Marie is a team player who goes beyond her expectations to meet the need of her consumer. Marie is non judgemental, observant and respectful. Marie is a very patient therapist.
Philadelphia Aug 2022
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Marie is a compassionate, hard working, supportive, empathetic therapist that I would recommend to clients. She offers an environment conducive for a therapeutic relationship. She works well individually and is a great team member.
Read more Marie is a compassionate, hard working, supportive, empathetic therapist that I would recommend to clients. She offers an environment conducive for a therapeutic relationship. She works well individually and is a great team member.
Philadelphia Aug 2022
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Marie Moriarty-Puggi a clinician at the Walnut St site in Philadelphia is one of the most caring, dynamic, person centered therapists that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. Marie always goes the extra mile for her clients, going above and beyond to help her clients reach their maximum potential. I would recommend Marie without hesitation.
Read more Marie Moriarty-Puggi a clinician at the Walnut St site in Philadelphia is one of the most caring, dynamic, person centered therapists that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. Marie always goes the extra mile for her clients, going above and beyond to help her clients reach their maximum potential. I would recommend Marie without hesitation.
Philadelphia Aug 2022
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Providence is located at 245 Waterman St Suite 504A, Providence, RI 02906, between Wayland Ave. and Butler Ave.

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(215) 642-8968

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