I've read and watched over 15 pieces of information on loneliness and isolation and its huge and damaging effects as I tried to make the decision about offering what I'll be talking about further down. After gathering all that information, I realized loneliness isn't an epidemic, it's a pandemic and doing anything at all that can help buffer against its destructive and often deadly forces is desperately needed. That's when I made the decision to provide a service I call 'Let's Talk'. If I get only 1 phone call or email or text, I will be absolutely elated. Why? Because someone who was hurting reached out. Reached out for connection.

So, I'm about to explain what I'm offering and after you read it, if you have any questions at all, please let me know. 

First, you might want to know a little about who I am. Click on "About Me" in the menu to your right and you'll get a sense of that.

Alright, here we go:  I want to be very clear that I'm not offering counseling or coaching or consultation. What I am offering  is connection, something vital that's lacking when faced with isolation and loneliness, no matter what the reason. You talk and I listen. Maybe you just need a sounding board or someone to share your experiences and feelings with. Someone you can connect with. You may have people in your life right now that you can talk with, but you feel like there are things you just can't discuss with them for a variety of reasons. Maybe there are things you'd like to talk with someone about but you think they're 'stupid things  and 'not worth talking about'. Whatever you need to talk about is not stupid and is definitely worth sharing with a good, supportive listener, trust me.

I want to make it clear I wouldn't be your therapist. That's a whole different thing than what I'm offering.  What I am offering is listening attentively and compassionately to you and offering insights when appropriate. 

 I don't 'fix' things for you. I really listen to you, really hear you. Truly, deeply listen Being and feeling heard can't help but create connection. Honestly, when is the last time someone's attention was focused on you and not their own issues? Probably way too long ago.

In our time together, there are no set number of times we talk. You can stop anytime you want to.  We can talk over the phone or we can use video chats or any method that works for you. Please know those aren't confidential. Just a head's up: if things get to a point where counseling is what's needed, I'll refer you to agencies, organizations, therapists, etc.

So, how to get started? Text me or email me and let me know a number where I can reach you and a time when it's convenient for me to call you. We'll talk and see if we're a good fit. If not, no hard feelings.

There is no fee for this. Really. No fee. Not now. Not ever.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a licensed counselor. Just keep in mind that although I'm a licensed counselor I will not be your counselor or your coach or your consultant and you will not be my client. 

One last thing to any mental health professionals reading this. You know that I've always said I'd never do counseling with my peers and I won't, but I will do this with you because it's not counseling. If you know someone who would benefit from this, please put them in touch with me. Thanks!

If any of the things I've mentioned resonate with you, get in touch with me. You have nothing to lose.

Here's my contact information:

Karen McCleskey

Text is 404-754-2677 and email is karen@drkarenmccleskey.com

I'm available Monday-Friday, 10-7. Our time together will be somewhere within that time frame at a time that works for both of us.

Thanks so much for taking time to read this. 

Stay safe, stay well, stay in, and stay (or get) connected.  






NOTE: To Clarify: You're receiving this because you're on my Email Blast List. The 'you' in this information isn't directed specifically at the people on my list. It's written like this so that it'll make more sense to someone visiting my website or when you share it with someone. Hope this makes sense and I hope you'll share this with anyone you think might benefit from it: friends, acquaintances, family members, your clients's family members, folks at your place of worship, if you have one. Anyone who needs to be listened to.

Thanks for reading this and please

Take very good care!

                          (I know it's long, but I promise it's worth every single word.)

To anyone reading this:

Please stay safe and well and please reach out and connect to someone, somewhere, whether here or anywhere you can feel connected. If you're already doing it, a little more won't hurt, I promise.

Thanks so much,

Karen

                   THE NEED FOR  CONNECTION HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED

If you need to connect with someone in ways that might help you fight any loneliness or isolation you might be experiencing right now, you're at the right place.

                         

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Thanks!