Coping With Social Isolation

Coping With Social Isolation

There are many pandemics in our world right now – one of them being social isolation or feelings of loneliness and aloneness. Some researchers have stated that long-term social isolation is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. So, it’s crucial that we explore and practice skills of acceptance, mindfulness, self-empathy, and self-kindness to cope. It’s also important to practice connecting with ourselves, nature, and the space(s) we inhabit or frequent to increase a deep, intuitive, and embodied sense of connectedness.

Dr. Sarah Leclerc is a clinical psychologist based in New York. She works with adults who experience anxiety and depression, feel lonely and disconnected, or have a difficult or painful relationship with their bodies and their being. Dr. Sarah deeply values connection and her dream is for individuals to find various spaces in which they feel at home. She believes that connecting with, being in tune with, and loving ourselves can all enhance our ability to feel a deep connection with each other, and to feel at home.

A bit more about her in her own words...
Growing up in Haiti and seeing the pain and suffering that we experience in this life solidified my desires to be a "listener." I was this quiet, shy six year old, who didn't even know the word "therapy." But even then, I could sense that having a space where people could share their stories and feel seen and validated would be a powerful, healing, and much needed space. And so, I persevered. I studied Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University. I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of La Verne. I worked in university counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Most recently, I have been fascinated with online counseling. I mostly work with individuals who feel stuck, hopeless, and isolated. I also work with folks who experience trauma and grief, and who aren't sure how to move forward.

I utilize Feminist Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Some of the questions that these theoretical approaches attempt to explore are: can we practice acceptance around the fact that we experience suffering? Can we be present with our suffering? Can we practice engaging in a value-guided, passion-filled life while we're suffering?

Now, that you know a bit about my story, I do hope we can connect with each other. Know that I am so looking forward to walking with you on your journey.

Subscribe Share
Coping With Social Isolation
  • Connecting With Ourselves

    When we’re feeling isolated, alone, or lonely, it can be incredibly painful and heartbreaking. I think the first crucial step is to pause, breathe, and practice being with the totality of ourselves — our thoughts, our feelings, our physical sensations, our urges, memories, wants, and needs. In th...

  • Connecting With Space

    When we feel alone or isolated, it can be helpful to pause, notice our breath, and look around our space. We might notice books, pictures, plants, and gifts that others have given us. We might notice some gratitude for having space, for having shelter, for having anything. It’s refreshing to know...

  • Connecting With Nature

    A trippy question to reflect on is — when I feel alone, am I really alone? Knowing that nature is within us and surrounds us might help us realize that maybe we’re not necessarily alone. Can we make it a practice to acknowledge the elements within us - the air in our lungs, the waters in our vein...

  • Connecting With Others

    Lama Rod Owens has said, "Heaven is in our relationships, but we know that relationships can be difficult". There can be many barriers to closeness — anxieties, lack of trust, lack of safety, anger, resentment. In this video, we practice grounding to help us navigate difficulties, explore why con...