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“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” 

~William James 


What is stress? 

Like anxiety, stress can sometimes be a good thing: it can motivate us to

focus on a task or take action and solve a problem. However, when stress

is unhelpful, people may feel overwhelmed, unable to fix the problem

which can result in emotional and physical tolls impacting quality of life.

While we often focus on situations as being the cause of stress, it is

actually how we respond to stressful life circumstances that produces the

stress reaction that causes impairment and discomfort.


What does psychotherapeutic treatment for Stress involve?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is often an effective form of therapy for

stress, as the technique can help change negative thought patterns that

develop as a result of stress, helping the person in treatment find new

ways of thinking about stressful events that may not have such a negative

effect. When stress occurs as a result of another condition, or an event

such as a loss, a divorce, or a life-altering medical diagnosis, therapy

can help address these concerns and their other effects on a person’s life.

What are the symptoms of stress?

Below is a link for an at-home symptomology check list that can help you identify whether you are suffering from stress. It is important to note, however, that this checklist is not a replacement for a mental health professional. Rather, it is to be used as a tool to provide potential information to help individuals take the appropriate first step in seeking therapeutic support.

Helping Individuals, Couples and Families Feel and Be Their Best

Abma Counselling Services has been providing counselling services in Niagara since 2008. What began as a solo practice by Steve Abma has grown into a group practice of eight experienced therapists providing treatment for a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, ADD, relationships, marriage, addictions & stress. We are a team of dedicated professionals, passionate about helping individuals, couples and families feel and be their best.  Serving Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, St. David's, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Virgil, Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Beamsville, Jordan, Vineland, Grimsby, Thorold and Welland.

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