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Why do I feel lonely in my relationship?

In our column and podcast series, Professor Sarah Niblock, CEO of the UKCP, explores real-life challenges that affect all of us and how psychotherapy can help. This month, she explores loneliness in a partnership
PHOTOGRAPH: PÅL HANSEN. HAIR AND MAKE-UP: CARL STANLEY

You may think cohabitation or marriage is a castiron guarantee that you won’t feel lonely. Yet, sadly, as UKCP individual and couples therapists see all the time, being in a relationship affords us little or no protection. In fact, studies have shown that as many as 60 per cent of people who feel lonely are living with a partner. Research bears this out, such as a seven-year study of couples which found that shortcomings in a marriage may actually make that relationship isolating, rather than protective.

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