Life can be challenging at any age. School, work, family, health, finances, and relationships can be stressful. Communication can become strained and less effective. Ways of thinking can become negative and unhelpful. You can feel “stuck.”
Major loss like divorce, unemployment, and death can leave a person feeling drained. Even “exciting” life transitions such as marriage, getting a new job, having a child, or moving to a new city can be incredibly stressful due to the changes in circumstances and expectations. Sometimes we need some time to be still, to be introspective. Sometimes we can benefit from guidance to evaluate our goals, and to consider if our behaviors are consistent with reaching those goals.
Therapy with an experienced counselor can offer a fresh perspective, improve communication, and enhance quality of life. Therapy can help develop new, positive, and healthy ways of thinking, and help with managing your stress. I have over 10 years of experience in the field, and I have been honored to help a number of people improve their lives, their outlook, and their relationships. Sometimes the goal is “to feel like myself again.” Sometimes the goal is “to find a new normal.” Often the goal is to understand how past experiences shape current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I offer a safe and supportive environment to provide informed and thoughtful guidance in your journey.
Stress and Your Body
Stress can cause a variety of emotional, behavioral, and physical problems for people of all ages. If any of this sounds familiar, I can help.
You may notice that you or your child experience changes in sleep, for example having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling like you need to sleep much more than usual. You may feel like you are moving slower than usual, and have difficulty getting out of bed. You may lose interest in things you used to enjoy and lack energy and motivation.
You may notice changes in appetite, such as eating more than usual and putting on additional weight. Some people notice a decrease in appetite, and lose weight even though not on a diet.
When we are stressed, we may have difficulty controlling our emotions. We may feel more sensitive, have a decreased frustration tolerance, and less patience than usual. Certainly this impacts not only ourselves, but also those around us.
Concentration can be affected, making it difficult to pay attention in school, on the job, or in our relationships. A person may find him- or herself making more mistakes than usual, or feeling more clumsy than usual. Difficulty concentrating can cause problems for kids in school, and lead to a drop in grades or getting in trouble. Adults may find their work impacted, and may experience a decrease in productivity.
Stress takes a physical toll as well, and can manifest itself in the form of headaches, stomach aches, nausea, fatigue, and muscle aches.Stress can also lead to more severe physical health issues, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and substance use issues.