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Stress therapy

    If you are looking for a faster way to winnow away your piled-up stress, you are in the right place!

Stress is not a disorder in itself, nor is it a normative concept. Stress is a very personal experience and you are best positioned to assess whether or not you feel stressed.

Between stress and anxiety there is always a temporal relationship and a causal one. Your stress comes from the pressures you have perceived or you perceive in life, while anxiety is a reaction to stress, a fear of a negative future outcome.

Experiencing stress or anxiety is considered a normal part of life when this is occasionally and temporary. Although the emotional excitement triggers the same brain arousal mechanism as stress does, excitement is perceived as a positive emotional tension and therefore it is called “positive stress. However, when these emotional reactions become more intense, more frequent, more persistent or even chronic, they can interfere significantly with activities of daily living, whether at work, at school or in social relationships.

Stress always has a cumulative effect. Thus, the stress you accumulate during the day and that you will not evacuate overnight will become your morning starting stress level, over which you will continue to accumulate fresh stress, and so on. As resilience to stress is limited, and unless you find an effective way to avoid stress or to evacuate it effectively, the accumulated stress will ultimately affect your well-being. In the long run, the cumulative effect of stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your mind and body.

According to various contemporary models, stress is experienced at three different, but closely interrelated levels: the mental, the neurophysiological, and the behavioral level. That is why, lasting stress may have a tremendously negative impact on your emotional, mental and physical well-being. Chronic stress is a favouring, an aggravating a trigger or even a direct causal factor of various psychological and psychiatric troubles and diseases, as well as of an endless list of very serious and life-threatening medical conditions. When living with lasting stress, it’s much like living in a house full of mold. You feel it, and even if you do not see it and do not touch it, it hurts you.

When talking about stress, there is neither a clear barrier nor an objective system of metrics that can be used to make a net difference between the so-called “normal” and the pathological stress in terms of persistence or intensity. You are the only one to set the limits of what is and what is not suitable, acceptable and bearable as “positive” stress. As a rule of thumb, whatever is the nature of your stress, as soon as you’ll perceive it as a negative emotion or as an unpleasant feeling, this is definitely a clue that this is a bad stress experience for you, with huge potential for causing harm and life quality damage.

Stress is not about what happens to you. Stress is always about how you react to what happens in your environment. The common perception is that stress and anxiety are caused by external factors, processes and events that happen to you, such as: health issues, aging, family, career, financial issues, social tides, loneliness, life’s purpose, self-esteem, etc. Yet, you are not passively undergoing any of these. You are the one who makes sense of these everyday life facts and perceive them as stressful, emotionally neutral  or joyful events.

Stress never stays in your head.  When you are stressed, your entire body is stressed, and you feel it undoubtedly as a physical manifestation inside your body. Your cognition is acknowledging and confirming the presence of the stress in your body by shifting your mind into a specific stressed state of mind and from now on, your decisions will be an easy prey of those powerful feelings of stress from inside your body.

Long-term stress is an overwhelming and debilitating feeling. Chronic stress can affect your psychological, emotional and physical well-being by causing a variety of problems, including digestion problems, insomnia, pain, high blood pressure, weakened immune system, etc. Therefore, once your stress becomes chronic, you have the option to learn how to cope and better live with your stress, or you can decide to winnow it away.

My therapeutic approach is focused on feelings  and is based on the physiological and neurological models of behavioural response. From this biological and neurophysiological perspective, emotions are at the heart of life's regulatory processes of all living creatures. When they occur, emotions cause a change in the state of your physiology, your mind and your body. Therefore, you can control your emotions only to the extent that you can change your physiology (your chemistry), change the way you perceive them (your mind) or change the state of your body (your emotional feelings).

Somatic hypnotherapy is the therapy of choice to winnow away your stressful feelings. This holistic approach can help you uproot the somatic component of your stress and ease or clear the stress-associated mental components. This is a very effective brief therapy. Thus, even if you might not always get complete symptom remission, at least a significant improvement after a single treatment session is a feasible reality for most stress related issues.

Right after your therapy session you'll feel different. You'll feel that inside of you something has already changed, or is about to change the way you asked for. You'll just feel like the stress you've come to work out in therapy is gone!*

Whatever your stress is, don't allow it to cripple your life.

The "No Cure - No Pay" principle applies to all my therapies.

Contact me and book your appointment today! Let this be the most exciting experience of your life, and I will be happy to help you on your journey.

Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

*The results may vary from person to person.

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