Loss and loneliness can impact you at any time. And, for many, the last year or so has meant separation from friends and family, increasing struggles with loneliness. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021 has also claimed many lives, leaving people around the country stricken with loss and grief.
Mental health can deteriorate in these difficult times. Personal loss and isolation can worsen underlying mental health conditions, or lead to the first-time appearance of depression and anxiety symptoms.
When you feel all alone, remember that help and healing are available for you, and reach out for personal — and professional — support. At Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, our compassionate and experienced team of therapists are here to get you through the hard times.
Psychotherapy treatment provides support for in-the-moment stresses of grief and loneliness, and can additionally help you in adjusting to a new normal and recovering hope. Here’s what you should know about the benefits of psychotherapy for people experiencing loss, grief, or loneliness.
1. Find support through sharing
Grief counseling can give you needed space to remember your lost loved one and process the reality of your loss. Telling your provider about your happy and sad memories can help you feel closer to your lost loved one and work through the experience of your loss.
For people struggling with personal loneliness, a therapist offers a first step at reconnecting, and a safe space to practice sharing and connecting.
2. Care for the whole family
People of any age can benefit from psychotherapy as a part of coping with grief. And, there’s no wrong age to struggle with feelings of social and interpersonal isolation. The Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates care team treats children, adolescents, and adults.
3. Improve your overall quality of life
If you suffer from loneliness, improving your overall quality of life may be essential to rebuilding your mental health and personal wellness. For grief counseling patients, maintaining a supportive standard of life quality is also an important part of coming through loss. Psychotherapy prioritizes your quality of life, giving you structure and guidance to move forward.
4. Flexible approaches to get to the root of the problem
Psychotherapy encompasses many different types of strategies that can be helpful to people processing loss, or for people who struggle with isolation. Depending on your mental health care needs, you might benefit most from one modality, or a combination of several approaches.
- Behavioral therapy ends your isolation and helps you re-engage with your social connections
- Interpersonal therapy focuses on relationships between people, an essential part of both loss and reconnection
- Psychodynamic therapy can help you understand your current feelings in view of your personal and family history
- Cognitive therapy approaches adjust your outlook, reasoning, and future approach to life
5. Protect your physical health
Grief puts massive stresses on your physical health and wellness. Additionally, studies show that loneliness can increase your risk of physical health problems like cardiovascular disease, and it may shorten your overall lifespan.
If your emotions of grief or loneliness are impacting your daily life in a negative way, interfering with your plans, and making it difficult to realize your desired future, get in touch with the team at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates now.
You can book your session with a member of Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates team online, or give us a call today.