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 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 West Los Angeles, CA

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

In addition to being a therapist, I am certified as an Executive and Personal Coach. I combine an appreciation for developmental factors that influenced the present with an ability to offer pragmatic "here-and-now" strategies to improve the present.

— Janet Civitelli, Psychologist in Austin, TX

I help women manage stress. I have participated in trainings for stress management, implemented some of those skills into my own life to successfully manage it and I know I can help you. I will teach you the coping skills I learned in grad school as well as along the way so that you will have the tools necessary when stress becomes overwhelming.

— Cindy Athey, Counselor in Clearwater, FL

I have expertise in using cognitive behavioral therapy to help people cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. I will help you identify your negative cognitions and how they impact your feelings and behaviors. We will then work together to change those thoughts and behaviors to help you feel better. I also often incorporate mindfulness to help you find a calm sense of being in the midst of stress.

— Sari Chait, Psychologist in Newton, MA

Every person experiences stress, but you may not have been taught how to cope with it on a day-to-day basis. I integrate components of mindfulness and present-moment awareness to help people achieve calm. My goal is to help you appreciate the positive moments in each day, while learning how to cope with stress.

— Tatiana Garcia, Licensed Professional Counselor in Carlstadt, NJ

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, Counselor in Austin, TX

I have expertise an training in a variety of mindfulness techniques that are research supported to help decrease overall stress levels.

— Jocelyn Van Hee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sandy, OR

Who doesn't have stress, right?!? We'd be lying if we said we could cure that stress. When you find that recipe, let us know! However, we can help you by defining your values, meaning and purpose in life in order to create balance that works for your world. We also provide those real life coping strategies that you can use. Our ideal client is anyone from a parent struggling with work/life balance, executive, couple, medical professional, therapist, or student! Stress happens at all stages!

— Heights Family Counseling, Counselor in Houston, TX

Stress happens daily. There is good stress and there is bad stress. We cannot avoid it, yet we can find ways to minimize the impact it has on our mind and body. Believe it or not our mind and our body is connected. What we don't typically realize is that when our body sends particular signals we have pathways that send it either to our emotional center or our information processing area in the brain. If we get emotionally hijacked stress, like anxiety, can become chronic states--which then leads to unhealthy coping strategies. We can work to calm the nervous system, and take a rational approach to life which can eliminate unnecessary stress in our life.

— Jolene Feeney, Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

My expertise with stress is based on personal and professional experience. I've completed numerous clinical trainings. I use ACT and DBT, which are evidence-based treatments for trauma and stressor related disorders. I have a strong interest in neuroscience, psychoneurobiology, and interpersonal neurobiology. I also do public speaking about topics related to stress.

— Nancy Lee, Counselor in Aurora, CO

Sometimes life is just overwhelming. You have too much on your plate and you're too busy and tired to figure out what to take off of it. So you just keep going. Eventually, you reach a tipping point and you know something has to change. This is where therapy can help. We can sit together and sift through that plate of responsibilities, desires, goals, fears, and all the emotions that go with them. I can help you find the things that really matter to you and figure out how to let go of the things that don't. And let's be real. Some stress is because of good things (new job, new relationship, buying a house, having a baby). It's not about completely eliminating stress from your life. It's about finding ways to cope with the good stress and minimize the impact of the negative stress. You might need some practical tools or just space to think and get feedback. I can help you with both.

— Heather Seguin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Upland, CA

My extensive training in CBT and the biopsychosocial model naturally lends itself to stress management. Stress has physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive factors, and we can target each of these in managing stress. CBT can help you reduce stress by helping you learn relaxation strategies to reduce the physical impact of stress, learn how to experience and process your emotions, engage in behaviors that reduce vs. exacerbate stress, and identify more helpful perspectives.

— Dr. Laura Simonelli, Psychologist in Harleysville, PA

Do you want to quickly bounce back after a damaging life experience? I can teach you to unwind from the raw nerves or exhaustion caused by your family, job, or childhood. Perhaps you dream of finally saying NO to the intrusive controllers at home or work. Maybe you want a personalized wellness plan around nutrition, sleep, fun physical movement, or meditation...but have no time to get started.We'll tackle those tough spots. You'll love your new practical plans that bring you the ease and energy that you've been yearning for. You don't have to do this alone! Call, I'm listening.

— Valerie Keim, Counselor in Pleasant Hill, CA

Stress is hard on our whole selves, mental and physical. Learning to manage your stress level can improve your health, creativity, and ability to achieve goals. Let's work together to identify the sources of your stress and explore ways to manage them.

— Kelli Collins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Feeling overwhelmed at times? Stress impacts all of our lives. If you are finding it is impacting your relationships, eating, or sleeping, or just want someone to talk to, reach out for help.

— Lauren Bloom, Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

Raising a family can be overwhelming. It's exhausting doing all the tasks involved, and you don't get the appreciation you deserve. I want to help you find ways to include self-care and add relaxation to your life so the stress doesn't affect you quite as much. I view our ability to cope with stress like a bucket filled with water. The higher up the water level is, the less water it takes to overflow. When we help you to reduce your chronic stress level, you'll be able to handle whatever comes up without overflowing.

— Dr. Kevin Hyde, Psychologist in Palm Harbor, 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

We all experience stress in our lives. Doctors report that stress is the basis of many primary care appointments and that stress is the beginning of many diseases. Not all stress is bad, however, and how we cope with stress depends on whether it will create dis-ease in our bodies mentally or physically. I can help you find ways that work for you to work with your stress so it can be a motivator and not an inhibitor for your own success and the life you want to live.

— Jessica Stebbins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Merritt Island, FL

Everybody's stressed! Our lives are out of control and we end up feeling reactive instead of intentional and empowered. Aren't you tired of that??!

— Faith Dulin, Marriage & Family Therapist in Charlotte, NC