Isolation & Loneliness

with George Alex Lazo, PsyD

Isolation & Loneliness

Episode 3, Season 3 | September 19, 2022

Show Notes

Nearly half of Americans report feeling left out or alone, and over two-thirds of teens report being lonely. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are twice as harmful to physical and mental health as obesity. But did you know that even just one friend can be enough? Tune in to today’s episode as we talk with Dr. George “Alex” Lazo, licensed clinical psychologist at CHC’s Catherine T. Harvey Center for Clinical Services, about the difference between being alone and lonely, how to build tolerance in our kids and the importance of “checking in.”

Guest Info

Dr. George “Alex” Lazo is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has established a meaningful vocation centered on serving children, adolescents, families and caregivers. He graduated with a BS in Psychobiology at the University of California, Davis, at which he obtained specialized training in settings focusing on child abuse intervention and treatment, Autism Spectrum Disorder research and pediatric medicine. His doctoral degree is in Clinical Psychology, completed at Fuller Theological Seminary in the School of Psychology. He also earned a MA in Crosscultural Studies from the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller, which has been formative in his awareness of and approach to multiculturalism and diversity issues such as spirituality, mental and material poverty, sexuality and cultural transformation. His previous work in home and school-based settings through play therapy has sharpened his competencies in addressing development, parenting, social support, advocacy, empowerment and mental health education. Dr. Lazo’s close collaboration with multidisciplinary teams in non-profit, medical settings has been crucial in providing effective outreach and behavioral interventions for concerns related to stress, caregiver-child conflict, LGBT-related and specific issues and various difficulties impacting mood/functioning. Self-care and fun are important to Dr. Lazo, who enjoys spending time with family and friends, gathering around food, practicing health and fitness, traveling as often as possible and spoiling his miniature schnauzer.