Stress Management

Stress is a build up of internal pressure that is generated by the world outside that causes us to feel 'under threat'. When we feel there is a danger to us we feel under pressure and undergo rapid physiological changes in the amygdala or 'old brain'. We are wired for fight or flight. When the danger has passed we should return to our original physical and mental balance.

Sometimes however, there is exhaustion when the threat is of greater intensity and duration than was expected. The person cannot cope, and either physical and/or mental health deteriorates. Symptoms of "burn out" then manifest themselves.

CBT For Stress Management

Therapy is focused on reducing the symptoms which can include axiety, depression, loss of control and insomnia etc.  Also teaching coping techniques such as breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, problem solving skills and mindfulness.  The client learns how to pace themselves and recuperate between challenges.  Standard CBT is used to identify negative thoughts, beliefs and unhelpful behaviours and to create healthier patterns resulting in both mood and behaviour change.

QUIT DRINKING: "I decided to quit drinking for 'sober October'. So went to see Nicola. We had an in depth consultation and not only did I get through October without drinking. I now find I don't want to drink at all. I have been so pleased with the result and my life is getting better and better without Alcohol in it. I have recommended quite a few people now for different things. Thank you Nicola. " Clare