Stress

Stress is an important part of life. In fact, it can be critical to our survival. Stress triggers the “fight or flight” response that can let us know we are in danger. However, too much stress for too long can compromise our mental and physical health. Everyday stressors, such as work, finances, family issues or relationships can spiral out of control. If you are feeling overloaded or struggling to keep up with the demands of your life, you might be experiencing stress. Stress can be controlled, but recognizing stress symptoms can be elusive. Things like low energy, headaches, insomnia, low self-esteem, difficulty relaxing, constant worrying, feeling overwhelmed or changes in appetite can all be symptoms of stress (among many others). If you think you might be dealing with chronic stress, working with a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s stress experts today.

Meet the specialists

Stress is an experience that everyone can relate to in some shape or form. Within my therapeutic work, I have found that it is important to understand the physical, emotional, and mental health implications of stress.

— Dr. Caitlyn M. Bennett, Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL
 

Stress can impact your body and mind, leaving you feel depleted, exhausted, foggy, and tense. You might be experiencing stress from work, family responsibilities, finances, chronic illness, or a combination of factors. I want to help you change the things that are change-able and focus on accepting the things you can't change. For that accepting part, I will give you some tools that you can use when stress is overwhelming you - simple, actionable strategies that can help you accept what's happening and not get too caught up in the worries that come with stressful moments.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

The Epidemic of Modern Life in Our Society is STRESS Stress itself is not a disease, but it leads to a breakdown in psychological, body and brain functioning.  Stress is disease causing. If stress is not relieved damage occurs. As your body and brain experience your reactions to stress triggers, You have become the stressor itself. Three Inter-related Phases of Stress Damage: *Psychological and Neuronal (brain) Damage:  begins with A) feeling mentally tired, drained of energy which can mask as depression, anxiety, panic. B) Brain fatigue results in impaired focus, impaired attention/concentration, impaired learning of new information, and impaired memory recall of recent information. It can mask as attention deficit disorder (ADD).  It can also present as Mild Cognitive Impairment or incipient dementia. *Behavioral Damage: Negative changes in behavior most often show up in 2 major areas: relationships and work.  A) friction or arguments B) less productivity and creativity, C) distracting avoidant behavior (e.g. compulsions, addictions, substance abuse) . * Physical Damage: Physical fatigue, allergies, asthma, skin conditions, headaches, compromised immune system functioning, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, heart attack, stroke and et cetera. We all react differently to stressful situations. What is stressful to one person may not be stressful to another. Almost anything can cause stress. For some people, just thinking about something or several small things can cause stress. How we react to a situation will affect how stress affects us and our health. A person who feels they do not have enough resources to cope will be more likely to have a stronger stress reaction, and also can trigger health problems. There are many techniques to deal with stress, the underlying issues that trigger stress, and the hazards of stress. If you feel stressed out, or overwhelmed, you should know that life doesn’t have to be this way. Together, you and Dr. Shawna, will look into your life to find the sources of your stress, stress triggers, and figure out what to change, or implement. These things may involve your work, your family, or all other areas of your personal life. You will also learn techniques and coping skills to help you relax. Dr. Shawna is an expert at stress management. She will help you sort through issues and find the best ways to cope in healthy ways and move forward.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL
 

Your stress has been building for FAR too long; you don’t remember the last time you weren’t so overwhelmed or anxious. You can't stand how irritable you’ve become, especially around those you love. You want to be more present in your life and relationships. You want to feel like your old self again - or a new, calmer self - on a path of continued growth and success. I can help!

— Johanna Karasik, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

Stress is an unfortunate and unavoidable component of life these days. I can't make the stress go away, but together we can find ways to better cope with it. And we can identify if some of the things that are stressing you out, can be fixed or eliminated. Breathe.....slow down.....relax.....we've got this!

— LAKink Shrink, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

If you are like most women you have more to-dos and less time in your day. We can work on finding margin in your days and helping you take back your hours that feel lost to chaos daily. Developing new coping skills and processing through life stressors are both effective in helping you identify how you wish to live and making the plan for it.

— Resurgence Counseling Center, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lexington, KY

You know what this is. I know many ways to outsmart it, reframe it and transform your response to it.

— Lisa Love, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Serving all of Maine online, ME
 

Working to resolve struggles in a private setting, where what you share is confidential. We will work together to: • Overcome depression and anxiety • Work through feelings of anger and frustrations • Improve communication skills • Overcome co-dependency • Obtain recovery or reduce substance use • Gain relief from daily life stressors • Learn coping skills to manage stress and sustain lasting change

— Iris Haugen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

Stress and anxiety is debilitating. Using integrative, holistic techniques, we get to the root of anxious thinking and limiting beliefs. I help clients work with their bodies and their minds to find long-term relief from anxiety. This work is transformative and helps people recalibrate their experiences of daily life. Stress relief has positive effects on mood, decision-making, physical health, relationships, and so much more.

— Courtney Terrell, Counselor in Fishers, IN
 

Stress and burnout are practically a given for women today. We use a combination of cognitive therapies (thinking about your thinking), mindfulness, and somatic interventions (body based skills) to help relieve your stress and worry. Sometimes just having a safe place to share can help you untangle the knot of anxious thinking and physical complaints.

— Cactus Flower Healing, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mesa, AZ

Do you find it hard to control your emotions? Do your emotions often dictate your response? Do you wish you had the techniques to harness your emotions and move forward with your life? Become more aware of your emotions Welcome, allow and regulate emotions Describe emotions clearly and in detail Evaluate whether the emotions are helpful or hurtful Identify the source of unhelpful emotions Develop alternative, healthy ways of coping with situations that often elicit hurtful emotions

— Tom Bolls, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Stress is awful. It can make us feel anxious or even just make us shut down, but either way it makes everything else in our life so much harder to deal with. You can change how you see stress though. When we work together, you'll learn ways to cope with stress in a health way, so you can trust that you can handle stressful situations, even if they may feel overwhelming right now.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

Although stress is unavoidable, I use evidence-based techniques to teach skills that allow my clients to effectively manage stress in a healthy way.

— Beth Myler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), I understand how stress can negatively impact the body physically, mentally, and emotionally and methods that can be helpful in relieving those symptoms.

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

Stress is universal and one of the biggest issues of our time. I've supported clients as they recover from past and current stressors, such as childhood adversity, burnout, exhaustion, cultural stress, and stress-related physical and mental health issues. I also do public speaking engagements to get the word out about stress reduction and stress management.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO
 

We live in a world filled with scary news headlines that make us feel like we are constantly in a crisis. Not to mention the day to day stress from work, the kids, and our families. Learning to pause and take a break from what's happening in the world is a skillset that we have to begin implementing. When you are flying on a plane, the flight attendant reminds you that in case of an emergency, you must put your oxygen mask on first. Let's find what your oxygen mask looks like!

— Manny Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Clemente, CA

Have you been feeling stressed about your relationships? Feel like you have to solve your loved one's problems for them? Maybe your family member or friend is using drugs or alcohol excessively and you don't know how to help. Or maybe they have mental health issues or chronic illness that has been taking its toll on you. You don't have to do this alone. As an experienced Stress and Relationship therapist, I can assist you in sorting out your stuff and finding some relief that will stick.

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA
 

Would it be nice to be stress free? Let's think about that. When people think about stress, there is a negative connotation associated with that word...STRESS. However, there is good stress and bad stress. Good stress allows us to stay motivated and achieve our goals whereas bad stress can cause procrastination, burn out, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Overcoming bad stress creates resilience, "if I can get through this, I can get through anything".

— Heather Nemeth, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hinsdale, IL