Stress Management Counselling Adelaide CBT, Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy

Effective Stress Management

There are many ways of dealing with stress. Most stress management techniques work to a degree though they tend to fall into the cognitive category, offering temporary relief. Though it can be effective it tends not to address the underlying problems associated with stress and focuses mostly on its symptoms and not its causes.

 

The Effects of Stress On Our Bodies

The negative effects of stress on our bodies is well documented. The stress response was intended as a survival mechanism to react quickly to life-threatening situations, but much of the stress we face day to day is actually not life-threatening.

When the stress response is triggered the body shuts down functions which are deemed non-essential. The body does this to activate the fight, flight or freeze response. When this happens the body diverts the flow of blood to large muscle groups.

The reproductive system, the immune system and the digestive system are all put on hold to save energy. The stress hormones of Adrenaline and Cortisol are released into the bloodstream.

 

When stress management is not used, these hormones are left for too long in the bloodstream they can harm the body, leading to:

  • weight gain,
  • blood sugar imbalances,
  • fertility problems,
  • suppression of the immune system.
  • heart disease
  • asthma
  • anxiety
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • headaches
  • depression
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Alzheimers

 

Counselling for Stress Management

Sessions are offered in-person for those living in Adelaide or Online if preferred. Therapy includes enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy eCBT, Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy helping important messages hit home within the subconscious mind, allowing for positive shifts to take place.

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Sessions are available In-person for Adelaide residents (Payneham, SA) or Online for interstate or international clients.

Please note that every booking will receive a video call link for your convenience, in the event either of us are required to self isolate due to Covid related incidents.

About CBT, Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT?

CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT typically includes these steps:

  1. Identify troubling situations or conditions in your life. …
  2. Become aware of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs about these problems. …
  3. Identify negative or inaccurate thinking. …
  4. Reshape negative or inaccurate thinking.

The problem with using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a single therapy is that our thoughts and emotional responses to troubling situations are stored within our subconscious mind. This means that we need to access the subconscious mind in order to effect any significant changes to subconscious  programming. And it is for this reason that CBT is only one part of the solution.

So how do we gain access to the subconscious mind? This is where hypnosis comes in. 

What is Hypnotherapy and how does it work?

Hypnotherapy or hypnosis uses guided relaxation, concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance state.

Hypnotherapy is not mind control, nor is it a zombie-like state; contrary to how it might appear in the movies and stage hypnosis. In fact, it is just the opposite; you are more in control of your mind by activating your choice to set aside the judgments and sensory reactions of the conscious mind and enter a deeper state of concentration and receptiveness. 

It is important to mention that you are in-control, can hear everything that is being suggested AND can bring yourself out of hypnosis at anytime.

For Hypnotherapy to work effectively, your own self-will and eagerness to allow yourself to enter into a comforting state of receptivity with the intention of allowing positive changes to occur in your subconscious mind is essential.

Hypnosis is a state you are guided by your therapist to create for yourself. When you are in the receptive state of hypnosis new suggestions are offered to your subconscious mind.  It is important to remember, that these new suggestions should be created collaboratively between you and your therapist. 

As it is one of the primary roles of the subconscious mind to protect you, this means that only beneficial suggestions will be accepted. It is comforting to know that we all have this inbuilt safety mechanism within us.

What is Psychotherapy and how does it work?

Psychotherapy recognises the lasting impact of past events that were traumatic for you on some level. The focus of psychotherapy is on compassion, listening and understanding rather than making a diagnosis.

Psychotherapy can be a powerful, life-changing experience which can help you overcome social or emotional challenges, and fulfil your potential. 

A well trained psychotherapist can support you to:

  • Express your feelings and process them in a safe and supportive relationship.
  • Gain deeper insight into the issues you face.
  • Talk about things in a confidential environment that you might not feel be able to discuss with anyone else.
  • Find better ways to cope with feelings and fears.
  • Assist you to make positive changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Improve relationships in your life, including with yourself.
  • Make sense of any clinical diagnoses you have had by understanding what has happened to you.
  • Heal from trauma.
  • Learn to communicate better and tolerate differences in yourself and others.

Psychotherapy can help you with:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Feelings of overwhelm like you can’t cope.
  • Dealing with stress or recovering from stressful situations.
  • Lack of confidence low self-esteem and lack of self-worth.
  • Coping with the effects of abuse, trauma and PTSD.
  • Depression and sadness, loneliness,  regret, grief or emptiness.
  • Anger management and extreme mood swings.
  • Difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Difficulties coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce, unemployment or feeling a lack of purpose or direction in life.
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.
  • Self-harm behaviours such as cutting, burning, biting or scratching the skin, pulling out hair, hitting oneself, or repeatedly putting oneself in dangerous situations. 
  • Obsessive and compulsive behaviour OCD
  • Fears and phobias such as:
    • Acrophobia: fear of heights.
    • Pteromerhanophobia: fear of flying.
      Claustrophobia: fear of enclosed spaces. 
    • Entomophobia: fear of insects.
    • Ophidiophobia: fear of snakes. 
    • Cynophobia: fear of dogs.
    • Astraphobia: fear of storms.
    • Trypanophobia: fear of needles.