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 responses vary and can include our attempts to meet multiple demands (parenting, work, relationships) to limited resources (financial, social supports) to exposure to chronic or single stressful events. Learning to manage or resolve stress involves identifying the true causes of stress and creating the correct combination of coping skills and environmental changes needed to bolster your resilience. I am here to teach valuable skills, identify an implementing needed change.

— Dr. LeShelle Woodard, Clinical Psychologist in Hanover, MA

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Aurora, CO

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

Providing support to children, teens, and parents experiencing stress as a result of life changes, transitions, and challenges.

— Christine Brent, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

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

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

Life is stressful. We can work together to manage and reduce your stressors AND find appropriate coping strategies for your toolbox.

— Tina Gutman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Bloomfield, MI

Are you living with anxiety & stress, struggling just to make it through the day? Are you facing difficult life challenges or living with a loved ones addiction? Finding Peace Counseling Wellness & Yoga provides hope & healing when needed most. Specializing in Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. If you choose, gentle movement , mindfulness & breath work can be used to assist with managing symptoms of stress.

— Karyn Bramanti-McGuire, Clinical Social Worker in New Port Richey, FL

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

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

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

When stress becomes overwhelming, you are unable to live your life to the fullest. It makes us feel like we are "out of balance," and stress start to manage our lives. Don't stress run your life anymore. Stress can be managed and balanced. Find your power back. For years, I have helped many people with stress management skills, resilience development and burnout prevention. I can help you too. Please call for free 30 minute consultation to find more about it.

— Linda Yoon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

Adjustment Concerns Relationship and Environmental Adjustments Stress Management School and Career related stress and Anxiety Time Management

— Alicea Martin Pressley, Therapist in Cincinnati, OH

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

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 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 responses vary and can include our attempts to meet multiple demands (parenting, work, relationships) to limited resources (financial, social supports) to exposure to chronic or single stressful events. Learning to manage or resolve stress involves identifying the true causes of stress and creating the correct combination of coping skills and environmental changes needed to bolster your resilience. I am here to teach valuable skills, identify an implementing needed change.

— Dr. LeShelle Woodard, Clinical Psychologist in Hanover, MA