Stress Counselling


Stress and external pressures can be powerful forces that test even the strongest bonds in relationships. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, friendship, or family connection, these outside influences can strain any type of relationship. When faced with stress, individuals often struggle with their own inner challenges and emotions. Concerns about work, finances, or personal issues can impact one’s mental and emotional well-being. As stress builds up, staying calm and composed in relationships becomes harder.

Moments of vulnerability and openness can be overshadowed by anxiety, making it difficult to connect deeply. The once strong foundation of understanding and support may weaken, causing distance and discomfort. In addition, external pressures have a way of infiltrating relationships. Societal expectations, cultural norms, and standards can have a strong influence, making the dynamics more complex.

These external forces may impose unrealistic ideals, leading to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. As a result, relationships can suffer as the focus shifts to meeting external expectations rather than nurturing the connection itself. Stress and external pressures can also magnify existing conflicts or disagreements within relationships. Minor disagreements that would normally be resolved easily can escalate into resentment and frustration under the weight of external stressors.

There is hope amidst these challenges. With the support of therapy, individuals can approach their relationships with empathy and compassion by recognising the presence of stress and external pressures.

Partnerships can find solace in open and honest communication, creating a safe space where both parties can express their fears, concerns, and vulnerabilities. Therapy can help you acknowledge the inherent challenges that stress and external pressures bring to your relationships and embrace the possibilities they hold.

Here are some examples of stress and external pressures:

  • Work-related stress and long hours
  • Financial strain and debt
  • Family obligations and conflicts
  • Social Expectations and cultural norms
  • Health issues and medical concerns
  • Personal insecurities and self-doubt
  • Academic or career-related pressures
  • Time constraints and busy schedules

Effects of stress and external pressures on relationships:

  • Communication breakdown and misunderstandings
  • Increased arguments and conflicts
  • Emotional distancing and lack of intimacy
  • Decreased quality time and neglect of the relationship
  • Resentment and frustration build-up
  • Neglecting individual well-being and self-care
  • Decreased trust and loyalty
  • Strained friendships and social connections
  • Impact on mental health and overall happiness
  • Increased likelihood of relationship dissolution

How Relationship Therapy Can Help

Relationship therapy at Leone Centre provides a safe and supportive environment where couples can navigate their challenges, find healing, and strengthen their connection. Leone Centre aims to help rebuild trust and foster healthier communication patterns. Here’s how relationship therapy at Leone Centre can help:

  1. Improved Communication: Relationship therapy enhances communication skills, enabling couples to express themselves openly and honestly. Therapists facilitate dialogue and provide tools for active listening, empathy, and practical expression of needs and emotions. By improving communication, couples can resolve conflicts more effectively and understand each other’s perspectives, fostering deeper connection and understanding.
  2. Conflict Resolution: Relationship therapy addresses the conflicts and challenges that couples face. Therapists help couples identify unhealthy patterns of interaction and provide methods for constructive conflict resolution. Couples learn to manage disagreements with respect and empathy, finding common ground and compromising when necessary. This process helps rebuild trust and creates a foundation for healthier future interactions.e
  3. Rebuilding Trust: Trust is crucial in any relationship, and rebuilding it can be a delicate process when it’s compromised. Relationship therapy at Leone Centre provides a supportive space for couples to address trust issues, heal emotional wounds, and work towards rebuilding trust. Therapists offer guidance on forgiveness, rebuilding transparency, and setting realistic expectations, helping couples regain a sense of safety and security in their relationship.
  4. Strengthening Emotional Intimacy: Relationship therapy focuses on nurturing emotional intimacy between partners. Therapists assist couples in deepening their emotional connection by encouraging vulnerability and fostering empathy. Couples can rekindle their love, strengthen their bond, and create a more fulfilling and intimate relationship through various exercises and techniques.
  5. Developing Healthy Relationship Patterns: Therapy sessions at Leone Centre help couples identify and change negative relationship patterns that may be hindering their growth. Therapists work with couples to understand the underlying dynamics and provide tools for developing healthier patterns of interaction. Couples can learn to recognize and address unhealthy behaviours, establish boundaries, and cultivate healthier relationship habits.
  6. Enhancing Individual Growth: Relationship therapy also recognizes the importance of individual growth within a partnership. Therapists help couples explore their personal goals, values, and aspirations, supporting each partner’s development. Couples can create a more harmonious and balanced relationship by nurturing individual growth.
  7. Preparing for Transitions and Challenges: Relationship therapy can also be beneficial during significant life transitions, such as becoming parents, blending families, or facing career changes. Therapists provide guidance, support, and tools to help couples navigate these transitions successfully, minimizing potential stress and conflicts that may arise.

Leone Centre’s relationship therapy empowers couples to overcome challenges, cultivate healthier relationship dynamics, and foster long-lasting happiness. By providing a supportive and non-judgmental space, therapists at Leone Centre guide couples on a journey of self-discovery and mutual growth, helping them build a stronger, more fulfilling relationship.

Navigating Stressors and Counselling

Indeed, counselling can be a valuable resource for couples in navigating the multitude of stressors that can potentially undermine their relationship. The therapeutic support counsellors provide can help couples effectively address and manage stressors such as work-related pressures, financial challenges, and family issues. Here’s how counselling can assist couples in this regard:

  1. Providing a Safe Space: Counselling offers couples a safe and confidential environment to express their concerns, fears, and frustrations openly. This safe space allows couples to discuss the impact of work-related stress, financial strain, and family issues on their relationship without judgment or blame. Counsellors create a supportive atmosphere that encourages open communication, facilitating the exploration of these stressors constructively.
  2. Identifying and Understanding Stressors: Counsellors help couples identify the specific stressors affecting their relationship. They assist couples in recognizing the interconnectedness between external pressures and their impact on relationship dynamics. By clarifying the underlying stressors, couples can better understand how these factors may influence their communication, emotional connection, and overall relationship satisfaction.
  3. Improving Communication and Problem-Solving Skills: Counselling helps couples enhance their communication and problem-solving abilities, which are vital in dealing with stressors. Counsellors teach couples active listening techniques, assertive communication, and conflict resolution skills. By improving communication, couples can express their needs, concerns, and emotions more effectively, leading to a deeper understanding and collaboration when navigating stressors.
  4. Strengthening Emotional Support: Counselling can strengthen emotional support within any form of relationship. Counsellors facilitate discussions on emotional needs and encourage empathy and validation between partners and families. This support is crucial in times of stress, as it helps individuals to feel understood, validated, and comforted. By strengthening emotional support, couples can face stressors as a team, reducing the potential negative impact on their relationship.
  5. Enhancing Relationship Resilience: Through counselling, couples can develop a stronger foundation of resilience to withstand external pressures better. Counsellors help couples foster qualities like trust, mutual respect, and shared values, which act as pillars of strength during challenging times. By enhancing relationship resilience, couples can better weather the storms of work, finances, and family issues, preventing these stressors from affecting their connection.

The Power of Individual Therapy

Navigating personal struggles with stress and external pressures is a delicate balance, as stressors from work, relationships, and societal pressures converge, exerting their weight upon one’s shoulders. Each step forward can present unforeseen obstacles, testing resilience and depleting motivation.

It beckons us to find solace through self-discovery, delving into emotions and thought patterns, and embracing the aid of experts in unravelling stress and external pressures. Individual therapy holds the potential to be a transformative and empowering experience. Within the therapeutic space, one can find solace, guidance, and a safe harbour to explore the depths of their struggles with stress and external pressures.

Our therapists provide a supportive environment where one’s thoughts, emotions, and experiences can be openly shared and examined. Through a collaborative process, therapy offers a fresh perspective, helping individuals gain insight into the underlying causes of their stress and external pressures. Ultimately, individual therapy serves as a compass, guiding individuals toward self-discovery, growth, and the restoration of balance in their lives.

Stress Counselling

Are stress and anxiety undermining your health, well-being and quality of life? Do you recognise some stress-related symptoms and consequences of anxiety in your day-to-day life? How can Stress Counselling help stress relief? What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

It is now common knowledge that ongoing, chronic stress triggers and exacerbates many serious health problems and disease processes. Stress therapy helps you understand and work through the root cause of your stress responses.

Stress is our emotional and physical response to pressure. Such pressure can arise from external factors such as life events, work, relationships, fear of loss, bereavement or internal factors like our self-expectations and the demands that we place on ourselves.

At times, even the events that we see as enjoyable can become stressful, including holidays, social events and parenthood.

Stress and the fight or flight response

Stress counselling helps to learn how the brain gets triggered and the consequent emotional and physiological responses. We all know, for example, the expression of an “adrenaline rush”. Under stress, the body pumps cortisol and adrenaline through the bloodstream creating a temporary state of hyper-vigilance.

Recurring or habitual stress affects our emotional well-being and physical health. There is a tendency to overlook or underestimate the physical manifestations of stress that can cause illness and chronic disorders that impact the quality of our everyday life.

Stress Counselling

Often, at this later stage, people dealing with these challenges seek stress management and stress counselling.

Early individual and relational experiences contribute to our resilience or vulnerability to stress. At Leone Centre, we work with the understanding that every person’s symptoms and experience of stress will be different; we use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and individual psychotherapy to explore the root causes of stress and anxiety as well as work with EFT and Matrix Re-Imprinting.

Physiological stress-related symptoms

  • Lack of energy
  • Low libido or impotence
  • Insomnia and an inability to relax
  • IBS, stomach cramps, digestive issues
  • Sweating
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Teeth grinding, often during sleep
  • Loss of appetite or comfort eating

Consequences of stress

  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Attention deficit
  • Forgetfulness
  • Problems in relationships
  • Loss of control
  • Unable to settle, always busy
  • Shouting arguing
  • Eating (more or less)
  • Increased alcohol and/or drug use

These effects can occur due to many pressures; Strain in relationships, work burdens and financial worries are reported as the primary causes, but we will always work with you and try to establish individual and unique sources.

Known causes of stress

  1. Relationship issues: when you have problems in your marriage, find it difficult to relate to others or commit to close and meaningful relationships
  2. Work: if you do not feel valued, have conflicts with your manager or colleagues, lack motivation or feel overwhelmed and unable to say no.
  3. Health problems: if you have an illness, are fearful for your health, are impacted by Covid-19, or are experiencing mental health issues
  4. Emotional problems: suppressed and unexpressed or uncontrolled anxiety, frustration, depression, grief, guilt, or low self-esteem and self-value.
  5. Social anxiety: such as worrying about seeing other people, loneliness, feeling different, fear of being devalued or bullied, using alcohol or drugs to overcome the stresses of socialising
  6. Life and existential transitions: like becoming a parent, leaving home, getting married, middle age, getting older.
  7. Conflicts with your belief system—your perceptions and beliefs about yourself, the world, meaning, life and self-expectations clashing with your current situation, not having a life in line with your ethics and hopes.

What Is Stress Counselling?

Stress is inevitable in human experience and even a useful human reaction in particular contexts or challenging situations.

Modern-day life and living in London is demanding and pressured. All too often, we have high expectations of ourselves and what we should and ought to be doing while having to deal with the expectations of others.

It is now more common to experience work-related pressures and stress, especially when it is hard to have boundaries from the workplace due to constant access to emails and work communications.

Stress at work impacts our relationships, fuelling even more pressure.

At Leone Centre, our approach to stress management means finding tools and developing a mindful and attentive attitude to ourselves and our physiological and emotional responses.

Our Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy help you to explore the connection between triggers, thinking, feelings and behaviour.

Leone Centre counsellors will use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), psychotherapy, and the EFT, Matrix Re-imprinting approaches. They will help you learn new skills to manage stress and anxiety and look in-depth at the source.

Talk with a Leone Centre Professional

If you do feel like you need some help and support, our Therapists are available 7 days a week. Call us on 020 3930 1007. We can also provide fast track therapy.

We can offer in-person counselling in London appointments at our head office in Fulham and our offices in Kensington, Wimbledon and Belgravia, We also service Victoria, Putney, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, and City of London.

In addition, we offer Online Therapy appointments wherever in the world you are located, should this better fit around your existing commitments or if you are not able to attend an in-person appointment.

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