Stress is natural, we all experience it from time to time. It occurs when we need to adapt to new or challenging situations or to manage every day events. Normal stress can be beneficial, such as exercise and situations that challenge our ingenuity. It can help us cope and function well when multiple issues or events are exerting pressure on us and can be very satisfying in the long run.
Stress is experienced in the body, mind and emotions making the responses to stress often both emotional and physical. Negative stress occurs when you perceive an imbalance of available resources to manage the demands being placed you. How you perceive stress is significant to the way you handle it and also to its emotional and physiological impact on you. Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal explains, in her 2013 TED talk, how we perceive stress leads to either a positive or negative impact (literally the mind over matter cliche).
There are often many contributing factors to the way you approach and cope with stress that include (but are not limited to) the situation itself, perception of its impact (negative or positive), preexisting coping skills and/or over thinking the situation and its potential impact.
If you have developed counterproductive coping skills or the skills you have relied previously are not as effective as they use to be then you could benefit from Stress Management Counselling. This is where I can help you explore ideas for more effective coping skills applicable to you current situation or life generally.
I have a solution focused approach to stress management that means exploring practical techniques that can offer you help in developing more effective coping skills you can use across situations and your lifetime. A session will look at breaking down the situation into smaller blocks and exploring solutions for each block to build a bigger picture that can offer you overall clarity. The number of sessions needed for this is completely dependent on the way you feel the process is progressing. Some only require a few sessions some require more, the average is 6. For more general information about my counselling services refer to the top of this page.
Chronic and persistent pain can be debilitating, lead to depressive states and a much reduced sense of well-being. Pain management needs to involve a holistic approach that helps the sufferer with as many aspects of life as possible. It includes (but is not limited to) medication pain relief, relaxation techniques and physical and cognitive therapies. Getting the best from pain management will involve putting a range of strategies into practice on a daily basis through a number of professionals along the way. It can take time to learn how to do this successfully and may at first seem overwhelming. Pain Management Counselling can help you to explore these strategies and discover those that best suit you. It can help you find short and long term solutions and offer you support along the way.
I will help you and support you as you explore these options and strategies. I can help you develop effective coping skills and relaxation techniques using a solution focused approach and cognitive behavioral strategies. Both these strategies can help you to develop an effective approach to your situation by breaking it down into smaller blocks that are less overwhelming. This should help you to feel more confident and empowered.The number of sessions needed for this is completely dependent on the way you feel the process is progressing. Some only require a few sessions some require more, the average is 6. For more general information about my counselling services refer to the top of this page.
This technique is often used in each session however can be a stand alone therapy also.
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