Loneliness is a deeply personal, heart-wrenching feeling caused by the lack of companionship. Everyone is vulnerable and it is something we all may experience at some point in our lives
According to a 2018 report from the Office of National Statistics, in 2016 to 2017, there were 5% of adults in England who reported feeling lonely “often” or “always” and that younger adults aged 16 to 24 years reported feeling lonely more often than those in older age groups.
Contact and intimacy are basic human needs but in today's fast paced world, we can find ourselves starved of those needs. We are more digitally connected than ever, but similar to a crowded rooms, it can make you feel lonelier than ever.
There are two types of loneliness; emotional and social.
Emotional loneliness - when we miss the company of one particular person.
Social loneliness - when we lack a social network, e.g a group of friends.
Loneliness may occur after experiences such as:
The loss of a relationship
becoming a single parent
Moving to a new area
Becoming a student
How can counselling help me?
Loneliness isn't a mental health condition with a recommended treatment however Counselling does gives the opportunity to explore how your feelings of loneliness have developed and how they make you feel. It also looks at what you seek in others to make a meaningful connection. Everybody is different with different experiences and different ways of dealing with difficulties in their lives; as such, our approach in therapy will be tailored to your specific needs.