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Starting Stress management therapy

What type of therapy do I need for stress?

Thriveworks offers Stress management therapy, a type of therapy that helps people learn how to effectively manage and release their stress through the use of relaxation techniques, time-management practices, and mindfulness, among others. Relieving stress can greatly improve an individual's mental health, as stress can detrimentally affect one's emotional and physical well-being.

How does stress management therapy work?

Stress management therapy functions by identifying the source(s) of stress and the thoughts, emotions, and experiences that are tied to it, then addressing them and creating healthy strategies for dealing with stress on a long-term basis. Additionally, Stress management therapy also helps people discover what warning signs they have that can let them know that they are stressed so that they can be more proactive in managing it.

What is the most effective therapy for stress management?

The effectiveness of stress management therapy can vary from person to person, but some widely used and effective approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and relaxation techniques.

What are 5 stress management strategies?

5 stress management counseling strategies include:

  • Deep breathing: Practice deep, slow breathing exercises to calm your body's stress response.
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
  • Mindfulness meditation: Engage in mindfulness or meditation practices to stay present and reduce anxiety.
  • Time management: Organize your tasks and priorities to minimize stress related to time pressures.
  • Social support: Share your feelings and concerns with friends or a therapist for emotional support and problem-solving.

Should you go to therapy for stress?

Whether to seek therapy for stress depends on the severity and impact of the stress on your life. If stress is significantly affecting your well-being, relationships, or daily functioning, therapy can be a helpful option to learn coping strategies and gain support. It's important to assess your own needs and consult a mental health professional for guidance on whether therapy is appropriate for your situation.

Does stress management help anxiety?

Yes, stress management counseling can help significantly reduce the amount of stress that you feel.

Is stress management therapy conducted in person or online?

Stress management treatment at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does stress management therapy last?

For those with low amounts of anxiety and stress and simple goals, stress management therapy can be fewer than 12 sessions. However, for those with intense anxiety and more severe symptoms, therapy will likely last longer in order to effectively treat their stress and mitigate their symptoms.

Need more help deciding?

There is no such thing as stress-free living. Everyone has some amount of stress in their life. Some have less, others have more. But not all stress is bad. In small doses, stress can help us deal with pressure-filled situations, and even drive us to levels of achievement that we never thought we could reach. Stress keeps us alert, motivates us, and helps us avoid danger.

What Is Stress?

Stress is primarily a physical response. When someone feels stressed, the body feels like it is under attack. The natural way the body deals with this is by going into “flight or fight” mode. In other words, one chooses whether to stay and fight, or run away. Going into this “fight or flight” mode can be very useful out in the real world. It’s what allows people to respond well to danger or threats.

What Are the Effects of Stress?

Stress can cause problems when it manifests itself in inappropriate situations. During these times, when the body goes into “fight” mode, brain function is minimized. The brain senses that it is time to act, not think. This can lead to poor decision-making, impulsive negative behaviors, and anger. Spending too much time in “fight” mode can have significant negative effects on someone’s personal and professional life.

When the body goes into “flight” mode, it leads people to run away from their stressors (the triggers of their stress). However, in most situations, simply removing oneself from the cause of the stress will not relieve the stress, and “flight” (e.g., avoidance) can make the original problem worse and ultimately lead to stress levels rising even more. As stress starts building up more and more, it can lead to serious physical, psychological, and emotional distress in the body.

Is there an alternative to the negative impact of stress? The therapists at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY have equipped many clients with healthy coping strategies for handling stress. Flight or fight are not the only options; instead, you can thrive.

Signs and Symptoms of Stress

There are many signs of elevated stress levels, both physical and emotional. The licensed counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY can help identify and address these symptoms. A few (but not all) include the following:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Easily-triggered anger
  • Irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Trouble sleeping and/or nightmares
  • Memory loss
  • Impulsive behavior

What Causes Stress?

Stress has many causes, and each person has unique triggers for stress. Stress can develop for different reasons, including, but not limited to, grief from the death of a spouse or loved one; relationship issues like divorce or a breakup; a serious injury, chronic pain or illness; job loss or other problems at work; physical health problems with children and family; financial problems; difficulty at school with friends or teachers; moving to a new home; and emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, guilt, or low self-esteem.

How Do You Relieve Stress?

There are several things that people can do to help relieve stress. Being mindful of these things while dealing with stress is very important. Some of the stress relievers people can practice on their own include:

  • Eating properly
  • Drinking enough fluids
  • Regularly getting enough sleep
  • Exercising regularly
  • Spending more time with family and loved ones

While some stress can be reduced through self-care, oftentimes people need more support. If you find yourself over-stressed, and are ready for some help, it may be time to start a relationship with a stress therapist or other stress management mental health professional at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY. At Thriveworks in Buffalo, we have caring, experienced stress management therapists who want to help you cope with the daily stress in your life. They will listen to you, and create a personal plan uniquely suited to you. Through counseling for stress, you may learn techniques to:

  1. Deal with the stress built up inside of you
  2. Lower those stress levels
  3. Learn how to cope with various stressful situations when they arise

Schedule an Appointment with a Stress Management Counselor at Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY

You do not have to go through life feeling stressed all the time. Contact Thriveworks in Buffalo, NY today for help, and start working towards a life with much less stress. Here are a few things we have done to make scheduling an appointment less stressful:

  • A person will answer your call and help you make an appointment
  • Many first-time clients see their therapist within 24 hours of their call
  • We have after-hour appointments available
  • Our therapists accept many forms of insurance

You can thrive! We can help! Call us at (716) 541-0841 to make an appointment.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Buffalo therapists and counselors accept 16 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Oscar Health

  • Quest Behavioral Health

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Self-pay costs at Buffalo
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Buffalo reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Jennifer balances her counseling expertly between talking/educating and listening. I already trust her after just a handful of sessions thanks to her objective feedback and concern. If you need a skilled mental health professional to help guide you thru life’s challenges, you will not be disappointed in Jennifer.
Read more Jennifer balances her counseling expertly between talking/educating and listening. I already trust her after just a handful of sessions thanks to her objective feedback and concern. If you need a skilled mental health professional to help guide you thru life’s challenges, you will not be disappointed in Jennifer.
Buffalo Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Wendy has been seeing my wife and I for almost two and half years. Her insights into how we both viewed our marriage so differently ultimately helped us both see that we are not the right people for one another. We have unfortunately decided that divorce was the right path forward for us as individuals but counseling made it a healthy, productive journey instead of letting things just fall apart at home. She is now my personal therapist helping me deal with the loss of my marriage. I don’t just appreciate our sessions, but I look forward to them. I take notes and I learn a lot about myself and my growth every time we meet.
Read more Wendy has been seeing my wife and I for almost two and half years. Her insights into how we both viewed our marriage so differently ultimately helped us both see that we are not the right people for one another. We have unfortunately decided that divorce was the right path forward for us as individuals but counseling made it a healthy, productive journey instead of letting things just fall apart at home. She is now my personal therapist helping me deal with the loss of my marriage. I don’t just appreciate our sessions, but I look forward to them. I take notes and I learn a lot about myself and my growth every time we meet.
Buffalo Oct 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I was looking for a new therapist for my teenage son and came across their website. I called to see how long of a waitlist they had, expecting there to be a waitlist. ThriveWorks got my son in within 24 hours! Incredible! My son found a great therapist at ThriveWorks, Mr.Stephen Obrien. This guy has a unique approach and it works for my son. My son actually WANTS to go to therapy. He's getting more out of his sessions than either of us could have hoped for. We found this place at the right time and we couldn't be happier.
Read more I was looking for a new therapist for my teenage son and came across their website. I called to see how long of a waitlist they had, expecting there to be a waitlist. ThriveWorks got my son in within 24 hours! Incredible! My son found a great therapist at ThriveWorks, Mr.Stephen Obrien. This guy has a unique approach and it works for my son. My son actually WANTS to go to therapy. He's getting more out of his sessions than either of us could have hoped for. We found this place at the right time and we couldn't be happier.
Buffalo Oct 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Had circumstances that made me very unhappy. My therapist Cheryl gave me great coping skills. The appointments were easy to get and the office was bright and inviting. I would recommend Thriveworks to my friends and family.
Read more Had circumstances that made me very unhappy. My therapist Cheryl gave me great coping skills. The appointments were easy to get and the office was bright and inviting. I would recommend Thriveworks to my friends and family.
Buffalo Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Buffalo is located at 1120 Youngs Rd Suite 300, Buffalo, New York 14221, near Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Phone number

(716) 453-2877

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