Counselling for Stress
Counselling for Stress
Stress is a pressure that we cannot cope with or that is overwhelming us. Stress has an impact on every aspect of our lives; it disrupts our thinking patterns making it harder for us to consider things in a calm, clear and measured way, it affects how we feel leaving us physically tense and emotionally volatile, intolerant and exhausted and it interferes with normal patterns of behaviours including sleeping, eating and sex drive.
Who Can Counselling for Stress Help?
Do you experience regular headaches, stomach pains/upset stomach, chest pains, elevated blood pressure? Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you worry a lot? Do you become easily agitated, frustrated and moody? Do you often feel overwhelmed like you are losing control? Do you have trouble relaxing? Do you have trouble quieting your mind?
If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions you may be suffering from stress and may benefit from a course of counselling to help you to alleviate your symptoms.
What Does Therapy for Stress Involve?
To start with you will meet with one with our Therapists who will ask you about your symptoms of stress and how they impact your life. They will then work with you to understand the sources of your stress, so that they can select the most effective treatment programme to alleviate your symptoms and help you to move forward with your life in a calmer more centred way.
Your Therapist will then work with you to develop a range of stress reduction techniques that will focus on eliminating the thoughts and behaviours that exacerbate stress and replacing them with alternatives that will promote balance in your life and leave you feeling less overwhelmed and more in control.
You will then also be taught how to induce a state of body and mind relaxation for yourself to manage high levels of stress when they occur and if you are comfortable doing so, mindfulness meditation techniques to reduce your baseline level of stress and to minimise the occurrence of future episodes of stress.
To future proof your therapy, in the final phase of treatment your Therapist will help you to understand the factors that have made you vulnerable to stress in the first place and then help you the develop strategies to limit their influence on you in the future.
All of our Therapists offer Stress counselling.