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Counselling for Stress

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but when it becomes overwhelming, it can significantly impact your well-being. At Tracy Dixon Counselling, I offer compassionate and effective support to help you manage and reduce stress, guiding you towards a more balanced and peaceful life.

Understanding the Stress Response

Stress is a normal reaction to daily life and is caused by hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These produce a reaction in the body known as the fight or flight response. When effectively managed, this stress can serve as a positive force, keeping us alert and motivated. Sometimes though, our stress can become unmanageable, and this can result in both physical and emotional symptoms. Many things can cause high-stress levels.


Situations such as a relationship break-up, a bereavement or job loss can trigger significant stress but so too can an accumulation of smaller events that continue over a long period of time. These events are not always negative. The arrival of a new baby or a new relationship can also cause us stress. How we respond to stress is key but it is not always easy to change this as it can be beyond our control.

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Recognising Excessive Stress

Identifying when stress becomes overwhelming can be challenging. We often become so busy coping with daily tasks that we don't realize the extent of our stress until it takes hold. What one person finds overwhelming, another might handle with ease. Factors such as emotional resilience, support networks, and stress management abilities affect how we experience and respond to stress.

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Signs and Symptoms of Stress Overload

It is essential to recognise the symptoms of excessive stress. Some examples include:

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Difficulty with focus or attention

  • Memory issues

  • Anxiety

  • Negative thoughts or dwelling on thoughts

Physical Symptoms:

  • Digestive problems

  • Chest pain or palpitations

  • Dizziness

  • Muscle tension

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Supressed immune system

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Irritability or mood swings

  • Depression

  • Anger

  • A feeling of being overwhelmed

  • Isolation and loneliness

  • Using food , alcohol or drugs to manage feelings

These symptoms can start to affect our lives. They can cause you to withdraw from social situations, they can affect relationships, your work and your wellbeing.

How Counselling Can Help With Stress

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Counselling can help you pinpoint the sources of your stress and develop strategies to manage them. It provides a safe, confidential environment to openly discuss your feelings and experiences.

Stress counselling with me, Tracy Dixon, can help you recognize and manage the causes of your stress. Together, we will explore ways to reduce your anxiety and overwhelm, and build on your stress management techniques.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Don't wait for it to get worse. Reach out today and start your journey towards a more balanced and stress-free life.

Getting Started

Taking the first step towards managing your stress can be daunting, but you don't have to do it alone. I am here to support you every step of the way.


Contact Me: Feel free to reach out via phone or email to schedule an initial consultation. During this session, we can discuss your concerns, goals, and how my counselling services can best support you.


Phone: 07818 421861



Visit my Contact Page to get in touch and start your journey towards a calmer, more balanced life.


By providing a compassionate and professional approach to stress counselling, I aim to help you regain control and improve your quality of life. 

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