Counselling for Stress Management
Stress is a natural and normal part of life. In fact, some stress is needed to get us moving and motivated. We actually need a certain amount of stress to perform at our best level. However, when stress exceeds healthy levels or we are exposed to high stress levels over a prolonged period of time, we can start to see all sorts of health issues – both, in terms of our physical health as well as our mental health. Stress can then also impact on our relationships, social interactions, and quality of life.
Psychological treatments for stress-related issues focus on developing our skills to manage stress more effectively, reduce stress where possible, perhaps by reducing uncertainty or shifting priorities, and teaching us better self-care strategies to develop our resilience to stress. Cognitive behaviour therapy provides strategies to shift our perspective and self-talk about stressful situations as well as provides us alternative behavioural strategies to allow us to approach stress and stressful situations differently.