What Is Stress?

Stress is a normal physical response, in which the person reacts to real or imagined threat or demands. In times of high-stress, we respond with an automatic and rapid bodily reaction called the “fight-flight-or-freeze” response. This physiological stress response (involving a release of hormones of cortisol and adrenalin) allows the person to become more focused, energetic and alert in order to meet the challenge. However, the response becomes unhelpful when your health, mood, productivity and overall quality of life are diminished. 

Our Expertise


At Spectrum Therapy, we understand that many of our clients lead very busy and demanding lives which may result in them experiencing high levels of stress. If you are stressed, talk to one of our Psychologists. It is vital to understand the cause and symptoms of stress so that our experienced team can advise you on how to manage them in an effective manner.  Through Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, we can help you change the way you handle and behave in future situations. Psychologists can help you to put your life back in balance so that the effects of stress are much less a part of your everyday life. All of our Psychologists are fully qualified and hold a current membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

How We Can Help

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: 

Attending a Psychologist can be very helpful to manage symptoms of chronic stress. In the early sessions, the exact nature and impact of this condition in your life is explored. Information about you as a person is also gathered. The Psychologist will typically discuss the challenge of chronic stress. You will be asked to fully describe what has led to you feeling overwhelmed, what impact it has had on your life and what direction you would like to move towards to increase your well-being and functioning.

A number of useful strategies will be taught in order to approach stressors in more helpful ways. We will examine how you can become more resilient to daily and unexpected stressful situations. For example, you will be encouraged to make necessary changes to your schedule and approach in order to make your life feel more balanced and manageable. You will also be prompted to question any unhelpful thoughts which block you from managing stressors more effectively. In essence, stress management involves changing the stressful situation when you can, changing your response when you cannot alter the situation as well as  self-care and allocating time to relaxation.

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