The Problem

Stress is not the same as pressure. Stress is the point at which excessive or persistent pressure causes physical or mental harm. We all suffer stress, often on a daily basis, however we should be able to return to a normal unstressed state reasonably quickly so permanent physical or mental damage is avoided.

Anxiety is worrying about things that might never happen, and probably will never happen. Anxieties can be unrealistic, irrational and phobic. Anxieties cause stress, especially when we are tired or run down, this causes sleep problems which leave us more tired and run down, so a downward spiral can start. Persistent anxiety often leads to depression.

Getting Help

As a professional Stress Manager I can work with you to increase your coping skills and thus become more resilient to the causes of stress, especially those unavoidable pressures and stresses.

I would consider creating a stress management programme for you that addresses lifestyle, diet, nutrition, exercise, etc, to optimise your physical ability to cope with pressure and quickly recover from stress. This may include advice on supplements, commercial stress preparations and sleep management. You would also be given CDs and other relaxation tools to help you control the mental issues associated with the stresses you may encounter.

Where anxiety is the problem, then the reasons for that anxiety must be explored and if possible resolved. There are a number of psychotherapy and cognitive therapy tools I could use, plus (with your permission) a range of clinical hypnotherapy tools.

If you are suffering from clinical depression, you may need to discuss my involvement with your doctor, especially if you are already on medication for the condition. Most doctors are happy if you seek my help, however they will be reluctant to reduce your medication until you show significant improvements in your condition.

Please be aware that anxiety and depression problems are rarely improved in less than three sessions, often taking six or even ten sessions before the significant improvements the doctor would require before agreeing to reduce your medication.