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A Way Out of Loneliness



In this Webinar:

  • 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.

In the past 40 years, the percentage of U.S. adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 to 40 percent. Recent research has found that loneliness and social isolation are a greater threat to public health in the United States than obesity. Ironically, the rise of social media has been linked with increased feelings of social isolation among young people. In an age with more access to communication than ever, what is making us feel so isolated? 

Studies have shown that lonely people have more fear of negative evaluation and often engage in overly cautious social behaviors that perpetuate their social isolation. 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 alone. My father, psychologist and author Robert Firestone further describes how “the isolation and comfort of contemporary society carry with it the risk of reinforcing psychological defenses that contribute to an inward, self-protective, and somewhat emotionally deadened way of being and living.” In this 90-minute Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will explore how a person’s defenses and their critical inner voice perpetuate their feelings of alienation. She will examine the true roots of loneliness. Why do people turn against themselves? How can they overcome the self-critical thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of solitude? 

In her Webinar, Dr. Firestone will explain how individuals build certain psychological defenses to adapt to their early environment that can hurt or limit them in their current lives, leading to feelings of alienation, isolation and depression.  Participants will learn valuable tools to identify and overcome their defenses 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. Individuals and therapists will be shown tools to overcome the “critical inner voice” that convinces people they are different in some 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:

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

Once payment is received, you will be emailed a full video recording of this webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional CEs (2) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. You can earn CEs by watching the webinar and reading an accompanying article. A link to purchase CEs will be included in the email containing all your webinar resources. More Info Here

Continuing Education Information:

Optional CEs (2) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. You can earn CEs by watching the webinar and reading an accompanying article. A link to purchase CEs will be included in the email containing all your webinar resources. 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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Ana Celia Velez

I want to attend your webinair, “A Way Out of Loneliness” on Jan 23. Unfortunately, I am in school at the time. Will you be rescheduling for other times. Or will you be archiving this webinair and what the price would be, if you will be archiving it.

Thank you.


The Webinar will be recorded and sent to everyone who signs up to watch at their own convenience. So, if you purchase the Webinar now, you will be sent a copy to watch shortly after it runs live.

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