Experiencing times when we feel stressed or burnt out, is, for many of us, an unfortunate by-product of busy, modern lives that sometimes place pressure and strain upon us.  Sources of stress can include work, finances, relationships, our physical health, and day to day tasks that may have mounted up over time.

Stress is a term that can carry a very personal and specific meaning for each of us.  Some people primarily notice their body’s physiological response to stress, such as muscular tension, increased heart rate, or digestive disturbance.  Other people are more tuned in to their psychological responses, such as having recurrent thoughts of not coping, feeling overwhelmed or a sense of despair, feeling more irritable, or finding it hard to make decisions and get things done.

Just as our descriptions, triggers and experiences of stress are individual, the things that we can find helpful for reducing and managing stress also vary.  Together we can draw upon a range of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based Approaches, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Systemic Approaches, to find the skills and strategies most beneficial to you.