Stress is a normal part of life but the way we perceive and react to stress can impact on our well-being. We all need a certain level of stress in our lives so that we are challenged, stimulated, and able to deal with difficult or threatening situations. However, when our stress becomes too high and prolonged, it can result in emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioural problems. Psychological treatment with an experienced psychologist can assist in overcoming the symptoms of excessive stress.
Indicators of Stress
Do you identify with any of the following indicators of stress?
Have you been:
- feeling under pressure or overloaded, and that there is not enough time to do everything that you ‘have’ to do?
- feeling stressed and finding it difficult to cope with the problems you are facing?
- trying to be everything to everyone and overlooking your own needs?
- finding that you are making mistakes, forgetting things, or not able to concentrate?
- more accident prone?
- using alcohol or drugs as a way to ‘de-stress’.
Do you feel:
- anxious, tense, scared or worried?
- unwell, have physical ailments, heart palpitations, headaches, or aches and pains?
- angry, irritable, or sad?
- fatigued or sleep deprived?
- burnt out?
Have you experienced:
- one or more stressful events such as work problems, financial worries, family problems, unemployment, relationship problems, or a major illness?
Psychological Treatment for Stress
If you feel that your stress levels are exceedingly high, you may find it beneficial to talk to a psychologist like myself, to work on the things that keep you highly stressed, and improve your ability to cope with and manage stressful situations.
I provide psychology services in a safe, supportive and caring environment, utilising a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions tailored to suit your specific needs. I use an integrative approach and draw on a range of therapy models such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and interpersonal therapy (amongst others).
Benefits of Psychological Treatment for Stress
I can help you to learn and implement the following stress management strategies:
- identify and recognise the signs of stress, and the triggers that cause you to feel stressed
- learn to implement stress reduction techniques such as: relaxation, engaging in exercise, meditation, reducing the demands on you, and creating a better balance between work, rest and ‘play’
- set more realistic goals and not expect too much of yourself
- prioritise tasks, problem solve, and manage your time
- improve communication skills so that stressful situations can be better resolved – learn to be more assertive without feeling fearful or guilty, learn to say no, and ask for help when needed
- learn to assess stressful situations differently and change the way you think about stressful situations (or act).
How we can help
- become a healthier and happier person through learning how to manage your stress more effectively
- learn the difference between good and bad stress – how ongoing stress contributes to significant physical and mental health problems
- identify your specific stressors, and learn to recognise the signs of stress
- implement stress reduction techniques which include relaxation and creating a good work/life balance (and others)
- learn to problem solve, prioritise tasks and set realistic goals
- improve communication skills – be more assertive without feeling guilty or fearful, say no, and ask for help when it is needed
- change the way you think about or assess stressful situations (or act)
- arrive at a calmer and more peaceful state of being
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Penny Janis – Stress Psychologist
Contact me to begin your journey towards a less stressful and more peaceful way of being.
Ten Commandments For Reducing Stress.
- Thou shalt not be perfect, not even try.
- Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.
- Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done.
- Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.
- Thou shalt learn to say “no”.
- Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and thy supportive network.
- Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly.
- Thou shalt be boring, inelegant, untidy and unattractive at times.
- Thou shalt not even feel guilty.
- Especially, thou shalt not be thy own worst enemy, but be thy best friend.