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.

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Between relational stress, job stress, parenting and money stress, it is important to develop healthy coping skills to help deal with these stressors in a healthy manner. Some skills we build with are visualization, mindfulness, and solution based problem solving.

— Nicole Moberg, Therapist in Saint Peter, MN
 

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

I see stress from a trauma lens and have received numerous continuing education trainings on stress from a trauma informed perspective. I've also presented trainings and webinars on stress and trauma to various populations of people.

— Jinger Moore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Twinsburg, OH
 

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

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
 

Life is just stressful. You have stress at work, at school, at home, and with friends it may feel like it does not end. Unfortunately we can not get rid of stress (or we would be dead) however we can work towards the stress in life what will make us feel for fulfilled. I would like to help sort out the mess in your life and help limit the stress you do not want.

— Ronica Clark, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Stress is universal, so it shows up in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. There are many manifestations of stress, such as childhood adversity, chronic stress, acute stress, toxic stress, burnout, exhaustion, and stress as a trigger for physical and mental health issues. Since stress is one of the biggest issues of our time, I study it often. 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
 

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

Stress is simply the body's way of responding to threats. Stress can actually be very helpful in responding to immediate threats or demands. However, when we find ourselves facing constant pressure from work or school, stress can become chronic and turn into burnout. This type of stress impacts both your physical health, suppressing your immune system for example, and mental health, making you more vulnerable to things like depression.

— Carissa Gustafson, Psychologist in Calabasas, 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

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
 

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

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
 

I will work with you to identify and process stressors in your life. Help you develop a plan to reduce stressors by teaching stress management skills to improve overall health and wellbeing.

— Kerrian McKay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Manassas, VA

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