Stress is only harmful when it’s constant or severe, producing many adverse effects. Caroline Browne, LCSW, at Kente Therapy Space LCSW PLLC, in Yonkers, New York, works with you to reduce the problems long-term stress causes. You can restore stress to a healthier level with her support and guidance. Call Kente Therapy Space today or schedule a consultation online to learn more about benefiting from stress management.
Stress management helps reduce the harmful effects of excessive stress. Stress is a common and natural response to worries and fears. For example, you might be under pressure at work, have difficulty paying the bills, or develop symptoms or chronic medical conditions.
Your body responds to stress similarly to how it prepares you to defend yourself or run away from a life-threatening situation (the fight-or-flight response). The adrenal glands release stress hormones, including adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol, that help you run faster, increase your strength, and sharpen your thinking.
These hormones are vital in a life-or-death situation. But most of the problems you face daily are unlikely to involve escaping predators. While the occasional release of stress hormones won’t harm you, repeated or chronic (long-term) stress can severely affect your mental and physical health.
Stress isn’t harmful in itself and is often beneficial for motivation. The physical and psychological boost stress delivers helps you perform better at critical times, like in competitions or when giving a work presentation. Problems only arise when elevated stress levels affect you all or most of the time.
When you have chronic stress, your body has persistently high-stress hormone levels that increase your risk of developing:
Chronic stress makes long-term health conditions like asthma, chronic pain, peptic ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) worse. If you’re under constant stress, you’ll also find it harder to make healthy choices like quitting smoking, avoiding junk food, and over reliance on substances for relief.
At Kente Therapy Space, Caroline offers effective stress management programs with ongoing support. She helps you identify what’s causing your stress and supports you in developing a plan to identify coping skills to manage your problem.
You might benefit from a specific talk therapy, like couples counseling if your relationship is stressful. Caroline specializes in Gestalt therapy, focusing on the here and now and improving interpersonal communication. She can also recommend effective ways to reduce stress in daily life, including:
Caroline helps you find what works best for you and is credentialed through Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) with Compsych®, StartTalking, and Spring Health.
Call Kente Therapy Space today or book an appointment online to benefit from Caroline’s expertise in stress management.