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,

I have over 15 years of assisting individuals manage symptoms of stress and developing coping skills to address thinking issues and incorporate coping skills

— Porsche Collins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Stress can be counteracted by evaluating and addressing problematic issues. Together we can either find a resolution, or a way to make peace with the problem or problems you are facing.

— Maryann Dexter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Do you find it hard to control your emotions? Do your emotions often dictate your response? Do you wish you had the techniques to harness your emotions and move forward with your life? Become more aware of your emotions Welcome, allow and regulate emotions Describe emotions clearly and in detail Evaluate whether the emotions are helpful or hurtful Identify the source of unhelpful emotions Develop alternative, healthy ways of coping with situations that often elicit hurtful emotions

— Tom Bolls, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Have you been feeling stuck in a cycle of chronic stress? Does life feel like an endless merry-go-round of overwhelm that can’t get off? Do you self-sabotage (for example - pick fights, binge, excessive sleep) to avoid dealing with your current situation? I help you to recognize the pattern keeping you stuck in chronic stress, navigate periods of high stress with more ease, and to develop coping skills and boundaries to reduce future stress.

— Rachel Potter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Life is hard! Let's talk about it. There are so many constant stressors popping up on a daily basis. From job stress to relationship stress to basic health and safety stress, it's tough to manage it all alone. Together we can deepen our understanding of these stressors and learn stress management techniques through mindfulness based practices, somatic work, and talk therapy.

— Gabriela Arroyo-Grynbal, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

The most important skill in coping with distress is to maintain the insight that we can always “click on a menu" with four types of skills. I can help you to learn and confidently practice skills to (1) soothe and relax intense emotion; (2) change behaviors and solve problems; (3) challenge disempowering thoughts with more accurate ways of thinking; and (4) let go of expectations, judgments, and demands rather than resisting the inevitable realities of life.

— Jon Frederick, PhD, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

Anxiety can be debilitating and frustrating when unmanaged. In therapy, we can learn your triggers, and work on realistic tools to manage anxiety.

— Stacia Narasky, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Orange, CA

Would it be nice to be stress free? Let's think about that. When people think about stress, there is a negative connotation associated with that word...STRESS. However, there is good stress and bad stress. Good stress allows us to stay motivated and achieve our goals whereas bad stress can cause procrastination, burn out, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Overcoming bad stress creates resilience, "if I can get through this, I can get through anything".

— Heather Nemeth, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Western Springs, IL

Identify areas to illicit change talk through motivational interviewing techniques and CBT to allow client to develop individualized skills to address on going stressors within relationships and behavior patterns.

— Nora Vassar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

You're smart, successful, and have created a great life for yourself. Except, even though you're afraid to admit it, you're not really enjoying it. Not as much as you want to be, or as much as you think you should be. Everyone thinks your life is great; but you know the truth. Inside, you're a stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious mess. You're ready for peace from your busy mind, and from feeling restless and scattered, so that you can slow down enough to actually be able to enjoy your life.

— Rebecca Mercurio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Louis, MO

Stress can impact your body and mind, leaving you feel depleted, exhausted, foggy, and tense. You might be experiencing stress from work, family responsibilities, finances, chronic illness, or a combination of factors. I want to help you change the things that are change-able and focus on accepting the things you can't change. For that accepting part, I will give you some tools that you can use when stress is overwhelming you - simple, actionable strategies that can help you accept what's happening and not get too caught up in the worries that come with stressful moments.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I realized early in my career that stress management was often overlooked and ignored in mental health. After completing all of my clinical training, I pursued and completed a 2 year program focused on sustainable well-being. I am able to share stress management tools with both adolescents and adults and find ways to adapt practices that lead to a sense of well-being and satisfaction in life.

— Regina Whittington, Therapist in Sunset Hills, MO

Let’s face it, life is stressful. Sometimes, those closest to us may not get exactly why we’re feeling stressed. Maybe they even say “it could always be worse.” Allow me to be a listening ear for your life stressors. I approach each topic of stress by using skills and techniques from my certificate in Trauma Informed - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal is to not minimize the stress, but help you see the strengths you possess to overcome life stressors. Or, to just be a listening ear for you.

— Tristian Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bridgeport, TX

Stress is like a workout - the right amount can help you grow to your full potential, but too much can leave you drained or injured. If you're concerned about the toll that stress may be taking, you might benefit from learning some concrete strategies to help you (1) find physical and psychological relief from stress symptoms, (2) rethink the source of your stress, and (3) build more confidence in your ability to manage the many demands the world is placing on you.

— Benjamin Pfeifer, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI