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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Stress is a regular part of life, but it’s how we respond to stress that will determine the impact on our physical and mental health. What do you do when things become chaotic and overwhelming? During stressful times, are your behaviors helping your situation or adding to your stress? At the SCIA, we know that stress is inevitable, and no one is exempt. Together, we’ll process the stressors in your life and determine coping strategies appropriate for your unique situation.

— Bianca Walker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta,

Stress is a daily occurrence that we all have to manage. When our levels of stress are constantly elevated and begin to effect other areas in our functioning, that's when we should re-evaluate some aspects of our lives. You can experience stress anywhere due to several circumstances, life transitions such as marriage or taking on a new role you may not feel confident int. In counseling we will discuss the reason for your stress and coping mechanism to assist you

— Marchell Rape, Counselor in Dallas, TX

Neurofeedback enhances the brains flexibility so that it can function appropriately during times of stress, and then return to a calm, relaxed state. In today's society we are constantly bombarded with stimuli, and our brains get flooded with stress hormones nonstop. This work can get us out of "stuck" patterns, and help with overall resiliency.

— Jessica Weimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

"Stress" is a broad term, but it also broadly affects our society today, in ways that are becoming increasingly pervasive and toxic. Our daily lives can be incredibly harried, distracted, overloaded, and often debilitating. This accumulation of stress can have an impact on self-esteem, relationships, health, daily functioning, and sleep, to name a few. I use approaches based in mindfulness, CBT, self-compassion, boundary-setting, and self-care to help clients address sources of stress.

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA

Stress is just a part of life, and at low levels it functions to focus and motivate us. However, persistent stress is signaling that something needs to change in order to stave off long-term mental and physical health concerns. Stress at more powerful levels, when we feel threatened or in danger, surges a stronger energy through us, generating a sequence of natural impulses called ‘Fight/Flight' to 'Freeze/Frozen’. These impulses are not choices, but reflexes, and can lead to Trauma.

— Daniel Factor, Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

Stress is reaction to everyday pressures in life. It can have both negative and positive effects on you. On one hand, we need that rush of adrenaline to light the fire under us to get the tasks done. But on the other hand, we can tend to over extend ourselves which naturally can cause us to feel overwhelmed. This can lead to both physical and mental strains, leaving us feeling irritable and frustrated, or what we call stressed.


Daily life is stressful. There are often so many thing on our plate and time to time, this causes us to be overwhelmed. Whatever is going on in your life, we can come up with a plan that makes your plate feel a little lighter. Stress is a part of life but does not have to define every aspect of your life!

— Charice Corbin, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Northport, AL

Stress is an inevitable part of living. But left unchecked, it can seriously hurt your quality of life. And your physical health. Important relationships suffer due to irritability and those “same stupid fights” over and over. Rushed meals of fast food. Sleepless nights. Effective stress management starts with practicing personal self-care that actually works for you. Together, we can find that.

— Steve Irsay, Counselor in Austin, TX

Stress is an underlying cause of many mental and physical problems and is a common focus of counseling sessions. To ensure that I am prepared to help clients with stress related issues, I receive ongoing education and training regarding stress, the psychophysiology of stress, and various ways to manage multiple forms of stress. I often use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Somatic Therapy for stress related issues.

— Kristen Beck, Counselor in Gresham, OR

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

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 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

Adolescence and early adulthood are definitely highly stressful times between studies, relational issues, money stress, and more. It is so important to develop healthy coping skills early on to deal with stress in a healthy manner. Some skills we will build on are based around the mind-body connection, mindfulness, and thought stopping.

— Andrea Russo, Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

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

Although relationships & money can be very rewarding and satisfying (if you have enough of both), they also bring a natural source of stress for many people. Sleepless nights, body aches, sadness, loneliness, & emotional turmoil can all happen when we struggle in these areas. I can work with you to reduce your level of stress.

— Q Boston, Counselor

I help clients recognize and manage their stressors, prioritize tasks, regulate their negative thought patterns, and learn to take breaks for daily self-care.

— Risa Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Glendale, CA

Therapy for anxiety is designed to help you discover the answer to this question, while helping you alleviate all that stress. Together, we will explore the underlying fears and past experiences that play a part in your reactions to stress. I can help you reframe self-defeating thoughts and normalize the anxiety experience. Finding out why anxiety takes over leads you to figuring out who you really are behind all of these emotions.

— Latasha Dixon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Equipping individuals with the ability to heal from past pain and false beliefs, boosting confidence and maintaining inner calmness as they gain the skills needed to step into their own personal excellence is my focus. I work within the corporate culture to provide mindfulness training to leaders and teams. In addition to large seminars and Workshops I conduct monthly stress relief and personal excellence and online workshops.

— Dr Stem Sithembile Mahlatini, Counselor in Altamonte Springs, FL

Mindfulness, Holistic Approach in combination with CBT & other therapeutic approaches tailored to each individual client

— Jennifer Ljungquist-DeMayo, Counselor in Branford, CT

Stress-we all have it. But sometimes we aren’t aware of our body’s reaction to it until it gets too much to manage. I look forward to helping you become more aware of identifying triggers and cues that lead to your stress, and teaching you coping skills to manage them effectively.

— Melissa Ludwig, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Online Counseling for all of Florida, FL

Stress may result from an unhealthy work environment or relationship. It may develop due to big life changes -starting college, becoming a parent, moving, losing a partner/ friend/ spouse- or feeling stuck. As we navigate a pandemic, job loss, isolation and huge situational changes- I know stress is building for many. If you feel overwhelmed, lets create a plan to address what you are facing. I am trained in Problem-Solving Therapy, solution-focused approaches and offer empowering support.

— Meredith Waller, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO

Stress can be related to personal life, work-- even small changes can bring crises. Let's learn how to treat ourselves kindly and gently while dealing with the stress.

— Nami Nocifera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marina Del Rey, CA

I help people learn the skills to help manage stress in their lives. 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

Prepare-Enrich assessment for couples is to find specific stresses and how you cope as a couple in order to see how you can cope better and have a more healthy relationship.

— Melissa coan, Counselor in Brunswick, OH