Stress can be defined as a state of mental or emotional strain, as a result of difficult or challenging circumstances. Whilst stress can be a fairly normal part of life and something that we can all experience occasionally, it is important to recognise when ‘acceptable’ levels of stress are increasing to the point that this becomes unbearable and causes you to experience physical and emotional exhaustion.
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To protect both patients and staff, we are not currently offering face-to-face therapy on an outpatient or day care basis at our Hospitals or Wellbeing Centres. Assessments and therapy can still be accessed remotely via our Priory Connect video service and through Skype.
Inpatient services are still available across our network of private healthcare hospitals, with flexible options for pre-admission assessments being offered.
Personalised stress treatment programmes
In addition, the stress treatment that we provide at Priory is personalised according to your unique needs, ensuring that you benefit from a comprehensive and bespoke package of care and the most positive outcomes for you as an individual.
Priory offers video access to therapy and assessments. You will benefit from the same high regulatory standards received across all Priory services, and will be treated by highly trained therapists who are experts in their field. Click here to find out more.
Without expert psychological treatment, it is possible that your stress may become progressively worse over time, resulting in a range of unpleasant stress symptoms and a whole host of long-term problems, impacting on your physical and emotional health. Ongoing stress could also be a trigger for other mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.
However, it’s important to recognise that stress is treatable, and you don’t have to struggle on your own. By seeking specialist stress help and support at Priory, you will be able to start your journey towards overcoming your stress and achieving the healthy and productive life that you deserve.
Treatment and therapy for stress at Priory
At Priory, we understand that stress can be extremely difficult to cope with, and without comprehensive and individually tailored treatment, it can be a persistent issue and detrimental to both your physical and psychological health. As such, our stress treatment experts at Priory are dedicated to delivering bespoke stress support and therapy, that is individually tailored according to your needs and requirements.
Comprehensive stress treatment
Depending upon your individual circumstances, as well as the severity of your stress, we are able to provide comprehensive stress treatment at our Priory sites on either an outpatient, day care or inpatient basis, all delivered in a safe, supportive and highly therapeutic environment. We are also able to deliver expert stress counselling in a wide range of therapy formats, including one-to-one therapy, group therapy, and family/couples therapy, depending on your unique condition and requirements.
Therapy techniques for stress
The most commonly-used therapeutic technique in the treatment of stress is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is a highly effective form of therapy that is used worldwide in the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions, including stress.
It is based on the principle that stress develops and is intensified as a result of a series of deeply ingrained, negative thought process, that have a detrimental impact on how we think, behave and respond in stressful situations.
Therefore, the purpose of CBT is to encourage you to address the dysfunctional thought patterns that may be contributing to your stress symptoms, change your negative behaviour, and learn how to view your life in more positive and healthy ways.
One of the main benefits of CBT is the fact that this therapeutic technique focuses on teaching you effective, lifelong coping mechanisms, which means that you are able to recognise negative thought patterns and behaviours, and respond to these appropriately in the future.
This means that you are constantly working towards reducing your stress and improving your wellbeing.
Mindfulness for stress
At Priory, we also use mindfulness to treat stress. This well-known therapeutic technique encourages you to focus on your feelings in the present moment, and accept and process your stress without becoming overwhelmed.
Once you have learned the principles of mindfulness as part of your therapy sessions, you will be able to practice mindfulness in the future, enabling you to continue processing feelings and thoughts in a healthy way.
Mindfulness can also be complemented by relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
With specialist hospitals and wellbeing centres located throughout the UK, we are able to offer you the stress treatment and support that you need in a location that is convenient for you, and in a way that can be flexible around your work and other commitments.
You can read more about the different treatment options that we offer at Priory, by accessing our approach to mental health treatment page.
Convenient stress counselling locations
At Priory, we recognise that spotting the early signs of stress and seeking appropriate help is imperative in order to prevent things from becoming worse. Our world class experts, located throughout our nationwide network of specialist hospitals and wellbeing centres, can help you to develop strategies to manage your stress in a practical and sustainable way, in order to improve your health, wellbeing and overall functioning.
Our team of highly qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals possess extensive experience in providing stress counselling and treatment, and are able to deliver a wide variety of therapeutic methods to help you to tackle your symptoms, address the underlying causes and triggers for your stress, and take steps towards and more positive and fulfilling way of life.
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