Stress can make you feel like you are lost at sea; lost, scared, and paralyzed. Whether it’s everyday stress, such as your daily commute, an issue in the workplace, or relationship problems, or extraordinary stress brought on by an unusual event (for example, a divorce or the illness of a family member), stress has serious consequences for your physical and emotional wellbeing. Even stress brought on by positive events — for example, planning a wedding or buying a new home — can be difficult to cope with.
You can think of your brain’s stress response as an alarm system for your psychological wellbeing. Once this alarm has been triggered, your brain releases hormones that fuel the response commonly referred to as “fight or flight.” When the stressful situation has ended, your body is supposed to return to its normal condition. Sometimes, however, modern stressors do not have a clean-cut ending, or stressful situations become additive. In these cases, the alarm system does not “turn off”, and your body will maintain its stress response. This can cause physical and psychological repercussions, including increased levels of the hormone Cortisol, which is harmful to your body in prolonged doses.
I can help you identify and understand the stressors that are triggers in your life, as well as develop tools that will allow you to effectively manage your anxiety. Whether you are dealing with a specific event or an accumulation of difficulties, counseling can help you find ways to positively impact your stress levels and take control of your health.
If you are interested in counseling for stress management and live in the Newport Beach, Orange County, or Irvine area, please contact me at (949) 251-8797.
MY PROMISE TO YOU
Every patient is a person, not a problem. Your situation is unique and cannot be solved with a cookie-cutter approach. I will take my expertise helping people work through their issues, and we will work together to understand your feelings and where you need to go. You don’t have to be alone – I will be available to you as the personal advocate for your mental health.