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

Everyday stress and cumulative stress can have an impact on emotional and physical health. I support individuals in finding their way to reduce stress and the impact it can have on their lives.

— Valerie Fahie, Counselor in Doylestown, PA

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Yet, it feels unmanageable. The more you try to understand it and make it go away, the larger your ball of stress gets. Psychotherapy can help you break free of it’s grip on your life so that you can navigate challenges well, live more playfully, and feel fulfilled! You will enter counseling to overcome and conquer your inner critic, self-doubt, perfectionism, performance stress, and overwhelm that gets in the in the way of achieving your ambitions.

— Nicole Byrne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

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 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

Stress can be exhibited through various channels in our lives both physically and mentally. It can also create a domino effect of other issues and challenges that we recognize. Getting to the core of our stress can help to resolve the issues that surround us.

— Kelle DeBruin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Oregon City, OR

Stress is an inevitable part of life. We all experience stress at some point in our lives. If stress if causing you mental and physical anguish then know that there is a healthy path for you to take. Talk therapy combined with mindfulness techniques and other tools will help you overcome any stress in your life and live the life you fully desire.

— Marty Schwebel, Marriage & Family Therapist in Petaluma, CA

We all know with it means and feels like to be stressed...but there is a difference between healthy stress and chronic stress that gets in the way of our daily life and strains relationships and work-life balance. I will provide gentle guidance as we talk through the sources of your stress and practice new skills that help you to transform your life for the better.

— Dr. Dan Sneider-Cotter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I believe that our intentions are always good. One of our primary responses to distress is to protect. When this occurs during intense times (trauma) it can lead to parts of us becoming reactive and in charge. This often shows up as intense and unregulated emotions (depression, anxiety, addiction). I use an integrative parts model based on IFS therapy when working with individuals. I work most often with those with addiction, obsessions, pornography obsessions/compulsions/addictions.

— Troy Faddis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Richfield, UT

Stress is simply energy. It’s all about how we label it: is it (the stressor) a positive challenge or a negative threat? Switching this viewpoint can make all the difference.

— Steve Wize, Counselor in Cranberry Township, PA

We all have stress. I love helping people discover coping skills and resources to expand their resilient zone.

— Michelle Stroebel, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Granite Falls, NC

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 an inevitable part of life that we all experience. Rather then trying to avoid stress, I provide clients with the skills to tolerate and reduce emotional distress in order to prevent engaging in problematic behaviors.

— Sarah Espenshade, Clinical Social Worker in Rosemont, PA

The pace of life today is stressful. I believe there are systemic aspects of our society that need to change to increase people's overall quality of lives but while we work for macro level change, it is also important to focus on individual well-being so that people are healthy enough to work toward community-level change and then to enjoy the benefits of those improvements. I use mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, journaling, and hypnosis to help clients manage stress.

— Janet Scarborough Civitelli, Psychologist

Stress=worry=fear=anxiety Just like depression stress can have an impact on your functioning/other areas of your life. Understanding the sources of stress, ways you view the stress, and how to manage it helps improve functioning.

— Cherice Poole, Clinical Social Worker in Roswell, GA

Stress brings you to a point of change and therapy can support you through the transition with new skills, insights, and perspectives.

— Barbara Schnichels, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burnsville, MN

Weather it is the stress of planning your next step in life or the stress of being present in your daily interactions I am here to support you in reaching your goals. I will work with you to identify your automatic thoughts and increase awareness around how you can move past those thoughts to decrease the level of stress you carry daily. I have experience working in high stress level positions and organizations and come to therapy with a more rounded understanding.

— Tiffany Pardo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vacaville, CA

Over the years I have worked with numerous clients and groups to tackle the harmful effects of chronic stress and/or anxiety on our minds and bodies. I have led multiple mindfulness groups for adolescents and have experience with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

— Shelly Annameier, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Fort Collins, CO

Stress is a natural part of life. We cannot control the stressors that may come our way but we can control our response to stress. I will teach you how to manage daily stressors to gain control over your life again. I will provide practical tools that you can use immediately to make healthy adjustments that will bring about peace and mindfulness. Learning these tools can help you manage daily stressors and create a peaceful environment for yourself.

— Dr. Shawna Haley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Jacksonville, 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

Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life. With the coping skills to manage the triggers, one can live a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. Stress can cause physical ailments and physical ailments can cause stress; therefore, an individual's overall health is important and should be treated as such.

— Cathleen Olson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vero Beach, FL

When you are experiencing a lot of stress, I can help you plan, prioritize, organize, and work on self-care.

— Katie Findley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

Stress is a common symptom of trauma history or of current situations. We might see stress as the body's first sign of needing to be tended to. We see stress in the lives of high-achievers all the time- there's always too much to do and so little time. And often so many people relying on you. We get it- its so much to handle! Therapy can help you to reconnect to what you need to take good care of you.

— Adriane Kruer, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

It's not always possible to remove stressors from your life, but managing stress is as important as managing a serious chronic illness. In fact, stress often either brings on or exacerbates disease. I specialize in teaching both short-term and long-term stress management techniques that include, but are not limited to mindful meditation, physical exercise, diet, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. These can also be useful for lowering high blood pressure- which often accompanies chronic stress.

— LATEISHA ELLIOTT, Licensed Professional Counselor in Huntsville, AL

Stress is one of the world's leader in physical and emotional health problems. Learning how to effectively manage stress by actively participating in self-care is crucial to thriving in this world.

— Kristy Case, LCSW, OSWC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Morristown, NJ

I teach mindfulness for stress reduction. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression as well as the symptoms of a number of medical disorders, including gastrointestinal disorders, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune illness, fatigue, and insomnia.

— Jen Johnson, Counselor in Wilmington, NC

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