Stress, Anxiety and Depression Counselling

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes out today’s peace. We are faced with numerous worries on a daily basis in the various domains of our life- be it our home, workplace or social life.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, but its the way you carry it”

Various transitions or events in life bring stressors and triggers that can exceed our coping ability. Like- loss of friendships family members loved ones, marriage, being a caregiver, moving to a new place or a role of being a parent spouse or a job position.

Stress and anxiety share similar physical symptoms like sleep and appetite changes, fatigue, body pains, irritability, poor attention. The difference lies in the cause. Stress is our body’s response to a tangible, present threat whereas anxiety is a perceived threat regarding the future. Stress is usually a temporary experience and is overcome once the cause has been resolved. Anxiety can be long-lasting.

Anxiety is experienced in terms of constant, persistent and intrusive worry. You could find yourself experiencing anxiety in response to a situation such as an interview or stage performance. Many times you may be able to overcome the stress and tension that accompanies anxiety but when you see your relationships, work and overall functioning getting impacted is when you must seek professional help.

What may be stressful for one person may not be the same for another, it has a unique presentation in every individual hence the therapy is also tailored according to your concerns.

Therapy Approach

  • Your counselor will spend the initial part of the therapy in building a rapport with you and giving you a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere to share your concerns.
  • The counselor would then be understanding the symptoms that you are exhibiting in order to clearly differentiate whether it is stress or anxiety. They will ask you relevant questions on your recent concerns and identify the triggers to these experiences. While doing this the counselor may ask you to make a journal of your triggers and your ways of coping with them. This helps in identifying the source of your stress and anxiety and get more information to help you.
  • Anxiety and stress both tend to impact concentration and attention span. At times it becomes too overwhelming to focus on the task at hand. It may also be causing you to procrastinate thus creating a vicious cycle. Your counselor would then help you with challenging the procrastinating pattern, increasing your motivation, breaking the goals into small achievable ones.
  • You may find noticeable changes after a few sessions where you would be able to identify triggers, implement relaxation techniques and able to challenge the unproductive thoughts.
  • Many times stress and anxiety are clubbed with other issues like lack of self-confidence, self-doubt, poor decision-making skills, etc. The counselor would be taking up these concerns one at a time as you progress, bringing lifestyle changes in your routine such as improving sleep hygiene, developing an exercise routine to bring a holistic change.
  • The aim of the counselor is to empower you in your journey of overcoming stress and anxiety. It is recommended to have 10-12 sessions to have lasting changes.

Depression & Tension

Tension or Stress is the natural response of the body to any form of discomforting event that we might endure. It can be positive that is Eustress and help us in giving our optimal performance or it can be negative i.e. Distress and have deleterious impact on various domains of our life.

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Anxiety

“Anxiety is repeatedly re-experiencing failure in advance” –Seth Godin. When we are unsure how to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond our control, even though we usually realize that our anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants, it can hamper various aspects of our life such as work, relationships etc .Adopting a more positive attitude can improve the quality of our life.

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Trauma & PTSD

It is important to understand what you could be going through, in order to deal and combat with it effectively. Trauma is an experience, that often is reserved for events that have been validated to induce high distress. Infact Trauma is a response to any event that may be distressing to an individual according to their subjective reality.

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LGBTQ and Mental Health

Imagine waking up one morning to realize you don’t fit in. Everything that you’ve been told about yourself just doesn’t seem to fit the box. You try talking to you parents, and the just brush it off, friends mock you for being different and you suddenly start feeling cheated of a reality that claimed to be fair and equal… but for who?

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Social Anxiety

Most of us feel nervous being in a situation where we may be evaluated by others. This could be on a stage, in a party, at a conference, in school, college or workplace. Social anxiety is very common and can be overcome. Making a connection between our thinking and feeling, practicing calming techniques and facing our fear can help one significantly.

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Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is direct influence on people by peers, or an individual who gets encouraged to follow their peers by changing their attitudes, values, or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual. Our peer group values and attitudes influence, more strongly than do family values.

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Pursuit of Happiness

Everyone wishes to be happy but in this quick fix, fast paced world it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be truly content. While we assume that happiness depends on external factors, it actually has a lot to do with our attitude and perspective. We all deserve to experience genuine happiness and can easily do so.

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Loneliness

We don’t have to be alone to feel lonely. While solitude is soulful, loneliness can be painful. Loneliness is as much a state of mind as it may be a reality and we are here to talk and help. Finding new interests, pursuing passion, building strong relationships can be some steps towards countering loneliness.

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Addiction

Addiction in simple terms is a dependency condition of a particular habit or action that makes us uncomfortable or restless to live without. We all are dependent or have a habit of doing some or the other thing that helps us feel good, better or satisfied. But when we see addiction in a context of worry, clinical perspective and inappropriate or illicit behavioural cycle it is chronic and has emotional and psychological base to it.

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Discrimination & Racism

We all deserve to be treated fairly and equally. It’s human to want to have a sense of belongingness, to want to fit in and to want to be accepted for who we are. As we evolve at a society level we will face discrimination in some or the other form, be it Cast, Color, Gender, Economic Status etc. but we can all learn to deal with it and not let it affect our happiness.

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Financial Stress

Financial stress affects more than our wallet as it is linked to sleep problems, anxiety and a variety of undesirable emotions.The uncertainty of the future keeps us in an infinite loop of stress and anxiety that gives us sleepless nights. In such a situation, let us focus on what can be done rather than what cannot be. Only a healthy mind can generate a healthy solution.

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Perfectionism

Everyone strives for perfection but if taken to an extreme, it could do more harm than good when we set unrealistic goals and are unable to achieve them. This may also affect our view of others and we may find our interaction and relationships dissatisfying. Positive aspects of perfectionism can be channeled to provide driving energy for great achievement.

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Identity Crisis

As humans, we all experience phases of uncertainty that may lead us to question our role in society, which in turn makes us feel insecure and confused at times. What you must know is that, by identifying your strengths and potentials you will always succeed in finding yourself all over again.

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Grief

I felt like I’m lost in a desolate, unknown place with no GPS to navigate. By losing that one person who gave up on life. Is this real, or is it a nightmare? I feel I’m switching between the two streams of consciousness.I want to go back in time and reset, this cannot be true and God cannot be unfair.

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