I am a qualified Stress Management Consultant and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My daily work entails the treatment of patients who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and much more. For me, combining Stress Management therapy with relaxation techniques has proven very successful for the past eight years. I have adopted a unique method, where the patient will be able to learn how to identify the stressor, and use the right tools to deal with the stress in a more positive and controlled manner. Aside from my stress-related therapy work, I am also a qualified child and adolescent counselor, and I deal with bullying, teenage anger, low self-confidence and parental issues that affect children.
What is Stress?
Stress is the feeling you get when you feel you cannot meet the demands that are placed upon you. Although some stress is good for motivation, poor control of stressful feelings can result in a lack of sleep, nervousness, unhealthy habits and strained relationships. In extreme cases, it can even be harmful to blood pressure and vital organs. Learning how to control stress often requires a professional, such as a stress management counselor or therapist. A stress management counselor trains in helping coach people through their stressful situations and find a lasting treatment for stress that they can incorporate it into their lives. Becoming a stress management counselor requires training, certification and a desire to help people through difficult problems.
When is the best time to seek help?
- Stress is a problem that feeds on itself and lowers your ability to cope - so the sooner you seek help, the better. The stigma of mental illness means many are reluctant to get the help they need, sadly this will only encourage a destructive cycle of stress, anxiety and depression.
- Stress (and the effects of stress) are dominating your life.
- Stress is affecting you physically to the point that you feel unwell.
- You are abusing alcohol or taking drugs to cope.
- You are experiencing angry outbursts that are affecting those around you.
Talking through the issues you are facing, can help you deal with any underlying issues that are affecting your stress levels such as low self-esteem. Your counsellor may also be able to identify your personal stress triggers and can talk you through ways of dealing with them.
Relaxation training is included in the hourly sessions. It is a great way to alleviate tension in both your body and your mind. Mindfulness is another technique being used for stress and depression by many - the concept involves deep breathing exercises and focusing on the present. By eliminating thoughts about the past or future, mindfulness helps reduce unnecessary stress and focuses on the here and now.
Related Self-Help Books
‘Overcoming Anxiety’ - Helen Kennerley
‘Panic Attacks’ - Christine Ingham
‘Take Time for Your Life’ - Cheryl Richardson
Contact: 54001895 / Geraldine@gibtelecom.net