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Stress Counselling


The pressures and expectations of modern day life place many people under considerable stress. Whilst a certain amount of stress is necessary and beneficial as it motivates us to perform better, meet challenges and confront problems. On the other hand too much stress can be harmful and may lead to problems with our physical and emotional wellbeing.

When a person is under extreme stress he/she may experience the “fight or flight response”. This is when the body releases chemicals (cortisol adrenaline and noradrenalin) to cope with the perceived danger. This is the body’s way of dealing with a real danger and is vital for our survival.

However, it is not a helpful response to the every day pressures at work, in the home or other demanding situations. This is when we may experience the physical and emotional side effects of stress:


  • Depression
  • Anger or irritability
  • Crying


  • Sleeplessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Palpitations
  • Chest pains
  • Increased smoking and alcohol consumption

Seeking help

If you are experiencing extreme stress you may wish to consult your GP. Your doctor will be able to assess the severity of the problem and in some cases prescribe medication. Counselling and stress management may help and support you by looking at the causes of your stress and helping you find more effective ways of coping.

How counselling for stress may help:

  • Recognise triggers for stress
  • Help you set realistic goals
  • Stress management
  • Explore lifestyle and values
  • Build self-esteem

Content written by Karen Dyer MBACP in 2010. The content is for general information only and may or may not relate to your individual situation. Lakeside Counselling in Weston Super Mare

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