Stress is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK. In small amounts, stress can be tolerated and may be an excellent motivator. However, prolonged or intense stress levels can leave an individual feeling exhausted and helpless to rectify the situation. This in turn can impact on our relationships, work performance, and lead to panic attacks and/or depression. Behaviour change over a period of time can include; working harder and relaxing less leading to symptoms of irritability, lack of concentration, sleeping problems, negative thinking, changes in appetite, lack of motivation, loss of libido, social withdrawal and mood swings.
Stress can also contribute to physical symptoms such as skin disorders, IBS and digestive problems, headaches, muscular tension, high blood pressure and other bodily aches and pains.
How I will work with you.
Firstly we will put together a picture of how you have been feeling recently and any particular symptoms or changes in behaviour you are aware of. I will encourage you to get any symptoms checked out by your GP as many symptoms of stress are common to a range of issues.
Some of the things we will explore together are; situations you experience as stressful, triggers to stress reactions, work and personal relationships, thinking patterns, personal history and patterns of behaviour, lifestyle and energy levels, feelings and experiences (particularly those you don’t usually share), personal resources.
It may be important to understand what you are doing to maintain high stress levels, for example, some behaviours serve to exacerbate stress. We will work together to develop stress-reduction techniques and to promote psychologically healthier patterns of living.
My counselling approach is humanistic integrative; as part of our work together I may help you to understand the CBT model, I also use EMDR in my practise.