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A Way Out of Loneliness: How to Feel Less Isolated and Alone

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  • Learn about the psychological roots of loneliness
  • Overcome the critical inner voice that perpetuates feelings of isolation
  • Challenge the psychological defenses that limit one’s ability to make connections

While loneliness can make us feel outcast or disconnected from others, we are certainly not alone in what we’re going through. Last year, a national survey of more than 20,000 Americans showed that most U.S. adults are considered lonely. On a deep level, most people struggle with a fundamental feeling that they’re an outsider, and this often leads them down a path in which they feel more isolated. In this 90-minute Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will examine the true roots of loneliness. She will explore how a person’s defenses and their critical inner voice perpetuate feelings of alienation. Why do people turn against themselves? How can they overcome the self-critical thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of solitude?

Participants will learn valuable tools to identify and overcome core defenses that contribute to loneliness and will be introduced to therapy techniques that will help them to shatter the negative filter through which they see themselves and the world around them. Dr. Firestone will teach techniques to overcome the “critical inner voice” that convinces people they are different in some basic negative sense. By emphasizing self-compassion and a common humanity, people can start to challenge core beliefs about themselves. They can break out of shells they never knew they’d built to live freer, more fulfilling lives and build more satisfying and meaningful connections.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply techniques to identify and challenge destructive thinking in clients
  2. Discuss a cognitive/affective/behavioral approach for challenging the Critical Inner Voices in loneliness and depression
  3. Identify clients’ negative thought patterns/ attitudes that influence loneliness and depression
  4. Distinguish between self-compassion and self-esteem


Continuing Education Information

Optional CEs (1.5) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars here. More Info Here

About the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012). Follow Dr. Firestone on Twitter or Google.

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