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5,307 people sought stress management therapy help in Michigan in the last year

Discover how starting stress management therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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6 therapists available at Portage
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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, LGBTQIA+, +19 more

As an identified woman of color, I understand that there are many challenges that people face. I will utilize any resources necessary to improve the m... As an identified woman of color, I understand that there are many challenges that people face. I will utilize any resources necessary to improve the mental health and quality of my clients' lives. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +23 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, +9 more

My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enri... My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enrich the best aspects of you. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +24 more
Military / Veteran, Stress, Women’s Issues, ADHD, Sexual Abuse, +8 more

As a female Veteran who has worked in mental health over 13 years, I understand the vast spectrum of life experiences that challenge clients.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +12 more

As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, a... As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression and self-doubt. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Anxiety, +1 more

My goal is meet you with compassion and understanding while helping you to challenge negative thinking and behavior.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +18 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, +10 more

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?

Sometimes all the stresses of life compound, tightening your chest, shortening your temper, or making you want to sleep until it all goes away. But, a tight chest isn’t good for your health, and sleeping the days away won’t solve the problems causing you stress.

What will help is talking to a neutral, compassionate therapist who can give you perspective on what’s bothering you and develop a game plan to cope with it in a healthy way. Thriveworks Portage can quickly get you an appointment with Starr Bull, our licensed professional counselor. Starr is a friendly, compassionate therapist—and her office truly is a judgement-free zone. If you’re struggling, considering giving us a call. You don’t have to wait to feel better.

How Stress Works

Stress refers to the feelings of pressure and urgency in a given situation. Low-level stress can help motivate people to succeed and is not usually harmful. However, stress can easily become overwhelming, which can cause negative effects on one’s life and ability to deal with difficult situations. When left unchecked, stress can cause serious health problems that can worsen if ignored or left unresolved.

You’ve heard of the fight or flight response as a reaction to physical threats on one’s life, right? Some of the physical responses to unmanaged stress and worry are increased heart rate, blood pressure, or blood sugar. These physical ailments can present severe health concerns associated with them, especially over prolonged periods of time.

But what’s interesting is that it’s not only physical threats that cause these reactions—emotional and intellectual threats also cause this reaction.

Causes of Stress In Life Events

Many normal parts of life can cause a stress reaction. These experiences can range from marriage to divorce, job transitions, family gatherings, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, a deadline for work, etc. Even when the experience is a positive one, such as planning a wedding, the excitement and urgency can cause stress, though the positivity of the event will often lessen the physical or mental effects.

The physical, mental, and emotional ailments of the stress are usually temporary and fade quickly after the urgency and pressure of the situation have passed. However, chronic stress can become overwhelming, leading to a serious problem that may require outside assistance from a doctor or mental health professional.

How Therapy Can Help With Stress and Life Issues

When the stress of life affects you negatively in any way, a mental health professional can help. In fact, stress and general life management is one of the most common reasons people seek counseling near Portage.

Counseling with a licensed therapist is done through talk therapy in order to find the root causes for the stress or problems in a person’s current situation. Once the problems are identified, the therapist can then help the patient find more effective ways to cope with stressful situations. Typically, therapists will also be able to recommend stress reduction tactics that can be used to manage stress in future situations.

One of the first steps in dealing with an individual stressor is to determine whether or not the stressor is within your control or outside of your control. For example, if your job is based on deadlines, the stressor is outside of your control—unless you decide to change careers, which can bring on its own stress. In this case, while you can’t control the stressors, there are steps that can be taken to lessen the pressure such as getting plenty of sleep and finding times in the workday to take sufficient breaks. When you discover what is inside your control and what isn’t, you can adjust your life accordingly.

Part of a therapist’s job is to help clients work on their plans for the future by dealing with their past and present life situations. One of the first steps is looking into a person’s past situations for insight into their responses to current situations. A therapist is meant to feel more like a coach than an instructor, and their goal is to work together with their client as a team.

In order to deal with stressful, overwhelming thoughts, everyone needs to be able to talk with someone to get a sense of grounding and approach the situation in a more objective, constructive manner. When you talk with a therapist, you can gain a better perspective on who you are and what you need.

Behavioral therapy is often one of the most effective tools in dealing with stress, as it can help us find new ways of thinking and greatly lessen the pressure and sense of urgency associated with stressful situations. Therapy can help address these concerns and their effect on a person’s life and a therapist can help figure out the best course of action needed for the client to live their best life.

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 Portage therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Portage
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

4.9 Thriveworks Portage reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Read more This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Portage Jun 2022
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★★★★★
Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Read more Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Portage Feb 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Read more Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Portage Feb 2021
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★★★★★
The best
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Read more The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Read more Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Read more Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Read more The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Portage Jun 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Portage is off of Milham Avenue and New Port Road. We are somewhat near a Chick-fil-A, and in the same shopping area as DICK’s, off of Gladys.

Phone number

(269) 264-4920

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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