Meridian Behavioral Health provides a variety of types of therapy for managing stress. All of our current clinicians provide stress management treatment with each focusing on different ages. It is our goal to match you with a therapist that will best fit your needs and provide you with the best care possible. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit with a therapist, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at (815) 344-5061.
What is Stress?
Stress is an increasing part of everyday life, especially in recent years. All of us experience some degree of stress due to work demands, family obligations, financial worries, or relationship difficulties. When stress becomes too great, it can begin to take a toll on our mental well being, physical health and even on our relationships or work performance. Learning effective tools for managing stress can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic stress such as insomnia, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and declining physical health.
What is Stress Management Counseling?
There is an “off switch” to this process, called the parasympathetic nervous system. This is what is activated when we sleep, or are in a relaxed state and the “fight or flight” system is suppressed. This is a skill that can be taught with proper instruction and practice, and is a major component of stress management therapy. Relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and mental exercises that help shut down the fight or flight response can be a huge asset in your ability to manage a difficult and hectic life with far less stress and anxiety. We also focus on patterns of thinking that contribute to chronic stress. There are cognitive (mental) habits that we all have that contribute to stress, and we are largely unaware of them. The statements we say to ourselves has a big impact on how we experience stress too. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps us become more aware of how our thinking patterns contribute to stress, and helps us form habits to change these patterns. Combined with the relaxation strategies described above, CBT can be a powerful toolkit to help you decrease stress, improve your relationships, and feel better while juggling your many responsibilities.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding therapy for stress management, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our therapists. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our mental health professionals, contact us today.