Stress is a regular part of all our lives, which if in small amount can be handled by us. However, increased stress levels can cause severe psychological and physiological distress affecting our relationships, work and other aspects of our lives. It can also cause anxiety, panic attacks, depression, etc. Common signs of stress include irritability, mood swings, anger outbursts, sleep problems, changes in appetite, lack of motivation and concentration, social withdrawal, decreased libido, etc. It can also result in physiological symptoms including headache, body pains, skin disorders, infertility, digestive disorders, high blood pressure, etc.
Counselling and psychotherapy provides the client a safe space to process and understand the various problems causing their stress and the triggers and precipitators maintaining the problem. It helps them understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are contributing towards this stress. The therapist therefore challenges these thoughts and helps the client understand their irrational thoughts and beliefs. The therapist then teaches them various cognitive behavioural strategies that will help them cope with the current stressful situation and further helps them learn to handle such situations in the future better.