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Stress Reduction

Stress is a natural part of our lives, and our bodies are made to weather the ups and downs of passing tension, anxiety and anger. When stress becomes a chronic state of being, it triggers harmful effects in the systems of the body and we often lose the capacity to regulate our nervous systems. Lingering and persistent stress negatively impacts our mental, emotional, and physical health. There are many short-and long-term stress reduction techniques available that can help you become more resilient to stress. My therapeutic approach integrates a wide spectrum of practices that will help you reduce stress in the body, self-regulate disparaging and negative thoughts, change or eliminate things in your life that are draining, and discover the benefits of kindness and compassion towards yourself.

We will work collaboratively to identify the stressors such as work, politics, relationship concerns, familial issues, aging, illness, and crisis of meaning. We will use demonstrably effective and individually tailored ways to learn how to resource yourself, which include breathing practices, whole body relaxation, meditation, visualization, body awareness exercises, active imagination, movement, daily exercise in nature or a gym, journaling, yoga, and getting involved in activities that you love. Reducing stress will help to improve your health by decreasing anxiety and depression, improving sleep, and restoring resiliency.