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,

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

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

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

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

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

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 Arlington, VA

Stress is literally killing us. Living in modern society, simply being alive brings with it mental, emotional, physical and often existential intensity. I If that were ever in doubt, a year of living during a worldwide pandemic has brought this truth to light.In order to live a free and easeful life, we must explore our edge. Our life force depends on it. To be alive is to experience it running with intensity and fluidity through our body. Anything that obstructs it is material for exploration.

— Kerry Ogden, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 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

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

The changes we are all experiencing amidst the current global environment can significantly increase stress levels, leading to anxiety, depression, problems in marriages/partnerships, and more. Offering a non-judgmental and peaceful space for people to air concerns and reflect is important to me. To this I add knowledge about brain and body science, how our past experiences impact our reactions to stressors, and offer tools to change unhealthy patterns and decrease feelings of overwhelm.

— Denni Edlund, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hillsboro, OR

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

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

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 Bennett, Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

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

Stress is an indication of lacking self-care and a reminder to look for support. Life can get stressful, so do our job, relationship, school, parenting, illness, and different life transitions. Sometimes, there are deeper reasons for our stress and it is healthy to look into it. Do you feel life is almost falling apart? Do you want to improve your mood and relationship? Are school and career choices overwhelming? I can empathize and may provide help.

— Suzie Wu, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

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 , CA