Professional counselling service available from a practice in the City of London
Stress counselling in London
Stress is the feeling of being under pressure. Some stress can motivate us to take action, such as when we have a deadline, but excess stress can be harmful to physical and psychological wellbeing. Chronic stress can lead to anxiety, depression, increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Emotional symptoms may include:
- depression or low mood
- low self-esteem
- feeling lonely or isolated
- feeling overwhelmed
Cognitive (thinking) symptoms may include:
- racing thoughts
- constant worrying
- difficulty concentrating
- memory problems
- poor judgement
- imagining the worst
- focussing on negatives
- rumination (going over and over things)
Behavioural symptoms may include:
- changes in eating habits
- sleeping too little or too much
- increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- nervous habits, such as nail biting or pacing
- temper outbursts
- being forgetful or clumsy
- talking more or faster
- isolating self from others
- procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- being unreasonable
- constantly busy
Physical symptoms may include:
- frequent colds
- dry mouth
- sexual problems
- stomach, bowel or bladder problems
- feeling sick or dizzy
- muscle tension and pain
- rapid heartbeat
I am able to teach clients relaxation techniques, such as: controlled breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualisation, mindfulness and problem-solving skills in order to reduce the severity of stress.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps people change unhelpful thoughts and beliefs that contribute towards feeling stressed. They learn to think in an alternative more balanced way. Behaviours are explored to see if they contribute towards stress and more effective strategies can be learnt.
Further work can also been done to address and alter negative core beliefs, such as: "I'm a failure" or "I'm not good enough" which interfere with an individual's accurate perception of situations.
Ultimately people learn to identify and use their own inner resources, which they may be unaware of.
Robin Altwarg BSc (Hons) MSc MBACP MBPsS
My expertise lies in the areas of: anxiety, depression, anger, relationship difficulties, stress and low self-esteem.