Stress is broadly defined as a feeling of emotional and/or physical tension, arising from what one experiences as an adverse situation or circumstance. Most adults, as well as many children and teens, can locate areas of their lives that contribute to feelings of stress. Heightened stress, particularly when more chronic in nature, can lead to negative physical and emotional states, such as anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, irritability, physical pain and fatigue.
Therapy is a valuable tool for exploring how one’s unique personality style and life experiences may be impacting one’s response to stressful life events. There are innumerable therapeutic tools and techniques to help individuals develop new ways of managing current stress and altering the stress response.