Stress is all around us these days.
With increasing demands on our lives from our careers, families, finances, friends, and social media it can feel like from the moment that you wake up to the moment that your exhausted body (and mind) fall asleep you have been in one big cloud of stress.
Stress has a huge negative impact on our lives. It increases your chances of high blood pressure and heart disease, reduces your immune system making you more susceptible to colds and other illnesses, increases risk for depression and anxiety, increases isolation, and reduces your ability to maintain long term relationships.
Learning to become aware of our stress, manage it better, and cope with it is essential to leading a fulfilled and happy life.
At Smart Talk we use an AAA Model to help you take control of your life again. This style of therapy consists of three clearly defined stages.
In the first stage of therapy you will build awareness for what is happening in your life. Only if we understand all of the underlying causes for your symptoms will we be able to find solutions. This stage consists of figuring out what is happening in your environment, how it's making you feel, and what you would like life to look like instead.
In the second stage of treatment we will start to implement some actions. We will come up with some solutions that you can try out to help you feel better. I pull from an array of evidence-based practices that have shown to be effective in reducing stress. Each solution offered will be customized to your life and who you are as a person. You will be given the tools you need to take action in feeling better and you will get to report back on what solutions worked for you and which ones don't. During this stage you will start to feel empowered, in control of your life, and will be able to see meaningful changes happening.
The final stage is acceptance. In this stage we will process the things that you will not be able to change about your life (e.g. a difficult boss) and how you can learn to accept this. By accepting the things that you cannot change, you will feel freer and spend less time worrying about how to solve an unsolvable problem. The acceptance stage of therapy will also help you learn to let go of stressors and build on your own strengths.
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