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

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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 Silver Spring, MD 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 Silver Spring, MD 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?

Do you feel lonely? Are you socially isolated? Are you tired of the emptiness, dissatisfaction, and sad feelings that come along with feeling lonely and being isolated?  In today’s society everyone is connected through social media.  But for some people, social media has the opposite effect – they feel as if they are staying connected with others when in reality, they are still feeling the disconnect.  Though it can seem hopeless and it’s normal to feel that there’s simply no way to change your situation, the truth is that these tips really can help.

  1. Reach out to another lonely person: You likely know better than anyone that being lonely can lead to more isolation and loneliness. Many people are put off by a person who’s obviously lonely, as though it’s a contagious condition. The cure for you may be as simple as befriending another lonely person. This can not only help them, but it can help you too. Consider volunteering for a group that works with seniors or visit with a neighbor or friend who’s lost a spouse or child.
  2. Skip your “social” networks: Social media is helpful and fun in a lot of ways. However, most people do better if they have significant face-to-face relationships in their life – not just relationships via the screen. The next time a friend or family makes a post on social media that you feel is worthy of a response, give them a call instead of leaving a comment. They’ll likely be thrilled to hear from you, and it can help you feel less lonely and isolated.
  3. Make time for the people that matter to you: It’s true that everyone is busy these days – or at least that’s the way it seems. Many people are lonely or isolated because they’re focusing so hard on their careers, raising their families, etc. When you’re in this situation it can feel impossible to find time for anyone else. But it’s not. Just think of your social life the same way you’d think of any work project: you simply have to find time for it.

Do none of these tips apply to your life? Or do you need help putting them into practice? Connect with Thriveworks Silver Spring, MD Counseling & Coaching and let us come up with a customized plan for you to let go of your loneliness and find solutions to your social isolation.

Being lonely is more than just an inconvenience.  It can result in depression, suicidal thoughts, changes in appetite, insomnia, and sleeping too much.  Fortunately, there is help, and a counselor can help patients dealing with these challenging emotions.

At Thriveworks Silver Spring, you can expect your treatment plan to be personalized based on your needs.  Your counselor will assess you and your unique needs to find the right way to handle your path toward healing.  A clinician at Thriveworks can help you in a number or ways, a couple of which can include:

  • Helping you let go of inaccurate beliefs. When a person feels Longley, their outlook on the world can be distorted.  These feels can be hard to get rid of and can make it impossible for a person to move through the other feelings of loneliness.
  • Direct support may be required. Some people know and understand the root of their loneliness – they have lost a spouse, a child’s parents may have just divorced, or they have recently moved to a place where they don’t know anyone.  In these cases, specific steps can and will be taken to deal with these issues.

A clinician at Thriveworks Silver Spring can provide the compassionate and experienced support you need to move forward.

If you feel lost and need support, call Thriveworks Silver Spring today.  We want to help you build a strong support network and conquer loneliness.  You can thrive, and our clinicians have the tools you’ll need to tackle all of the challenges you’ve been facing.

Our clinicians would be happy to help you eliminate the harsh feelings loneliness can bring.  Call our office today to schedule your first appointment.  (202) 478-9619. 

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 Silver Spring therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
Read more My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
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Alma is the best!!
Silver Spring Feb 2022
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Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Read more Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Read more Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Read more A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Read more Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Read more A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Silver Spring is located off Lamberton Drive, across the street from Truist Bank and CVS Pharmacy. We currently share the building with Champion Martial Arts and Ben Yehuda restaurant.

Phone number

(202) 915-2842

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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