Dating & Loneliness
“I’m too old for this” is all you can think every time you check Bumble or Tinder. Dinner or even just coffee off Lancaster Avenue can be hard to arrange with a busy schedule that may involve too much work, too much childcare, or possibly both. The people you meet are self-absorbed or subtly critical of you, but you keep seeing them, because you’re sure all the “good ones” on the Main Line and in Philadelphia have been taken by now. Half your friends tell you are too picky; the other half tell you that you’re not picky enough. The prospect of being alone forever is terrifying, so you find yourself staying in a situation too long and settling again and again.
You start to see patterns in your relationships, and you wonder, “Is it me?” You start to mistrust your instincts and assume there must be something wrong with you.
As a clinical psychologist, I have years of experience helping people find ways to:
Establish appropriate boundaries
Prioritize their needs
Learn effective communication skills
Cope with loneliness