There has been increased research on loneliness & happiness, loneliness & mood stability, loneliness & physical health. Psychologists know that while mode of treatment and specific clinical intervention is important to success of mental health treatment, the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. This is the one variable, through and through, that shows greatest impact on symptom relief, insight, & long-term change. The depth of the therapy relationship is dependent on trust & safety, emotional vulnerability, consistency & accountability, and can only in some ways be compared to typical social relationships that happen outside of the room. Why is this important?
These are the same levels of depth that we tend to seek in our most precious relationships, and that contribute to feeling either close or lonely. The relationship that we have within therapy can help us to greatly improve how we see ourselves and others, and can have a direct impact on how we improve our connections with others, and how we live our best lives.
A friend recently passed on an article written by her friend, Dr. Katherine Otto, that cleanly & concisely pulls the medical, mental and psychological all together! See below--