Stress Management

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Stress is a normal part of life but the way we perceive and react to stress can impact on our wellbeing.  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 can assist in overcoming the symptoms of excessive stress.

Stress Indicators

Do you identify with any of the following  stress indicators?

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 life events such as  a family breakdown, 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 Clinical 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 Psychological Therapy (a talking therapy also referred to as psychotherapy) and stress counselling 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-Behavioural, Person-Centered, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Emotion Focussed, Interpersonal, Narrative, and Mindfulness (amongst others).

Benefits of 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 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

Psychological Treatment

  • create a healthier and happier life 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

Call 0409 415 323

PENNY  JANIS  –  PSYCHOLOGIST STRESS

Contact me to begin your journey to a less stressful and more peaceful life.

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