Professional Stress Management Counselling
Professional stress management counselling, online via telehealth.
That feeling of being overwhelmed, overburdened and overall stressed is a very common human response.
Stress is a physical and emotional response which occurs when we’re dealing with a situation, task or build-up of demands which we perceive as being difficult or important.
It is a state of tension or heightened arousal which is a physiological response to elevate oneself to deal with the tasks at hand.
While a little bit of stress can sometimes help create positive outcomes (such as a busy restaurant kitchen), stress that is persistent, unrelenting or far too intense can quickly snowball into something out of hand, known as burnout.
Unmanaged overwhelming stress can leave you feeling on edge, emotionally and physically drained, unable to switch off and relax.
Feeling this way is often times the gateway to other mental health issues such as paranoia, anxiety and depression.
Unmanaged stress can have very serious consequences for an individual’s personal health, school or workplace performance and relationships.
Issues managing stress are more common than you may think, according to statistics collected by The American Institute of Stress:
77% of adults have experienced stress which has impacted their physical health
33% of adults have reported feeling extreme levels of stress
48% of adults have had trouble sleeping due to stress
91% of Australians interviewed admitted to feeling stressed about one or more parts of their life.
Online stress management counselling delivered via telehealth is not a new concept and was already growing at a steady rate prior to 2020.
However, during the global pandemic two factors at play greatly accelerated the adoption of online stress management counselling:
Forced social distancing which made e-health and online treatment the norm
Heightened levels of uncertainty as a result of ongoing health concerns, record levels of job loss and unemployment dramatically increased levels of stress plus reduced some of our default ways to reduce stress.
At Online Psychologists Australia our team are well-trained in helping individuals manage their levels of stress, better frame from the causes of stress resulting in a healthier mind and greater capacity to deal with stressful situations.
Medicare rebated stress management counselling with a personally experienced Australian psychologist
One of the misconceptions with online stress counselling, when compared to face-to-face support, is that it’s not available under Medicare – this is not the case.
At Online Psychologists Australia our sessions are rebated as part of Medicare.
You’ll be individually matched with an expert psychologist that best meets your unique needs and preferences so your online stress management counselling can be as effective as possible.
What are the effects of unmanaged stress?
Stress is one of the biggest catalysts to physical health issues in the world.
Doctors unanimously agree that overwhelming, intense or unmitigated stress is the cause of a litany of health issues from migraines to a compromised immune system, high blood pressure causing an elevated risk of heart attacks.
Some of the other physiological issues which can be a result of unmanaged stress include:
Decreased sleep or quality of sleep
Increased blood pressure
Increase risk of heart attack
Issues with fertility
Reduced sex drive
Back or neck pain
Increased blood sugar levels
Disruption menstrual periods
Decreased ability to concentrate or focus
In addition to the physiological issues caused by unmanaged stress, stress can cause a nearly permanent state of fight or flight, which may result in a host of mental health issues, including:
Heightened risk of paranoia
Increased levels of anxiety which can cause a Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Increased risk of depression
Increased risk of aggression or unmanaged anger
As a result, often stress can cause us to alter our behaviour, you may:
Experience a decreased sex drive
Withdraw from people or find yourself easily irritated
Withdraw from activities you normally enjoy
Have issues sleeping or relaxing
Consume alcohol, smoke cigarettes or take drugs more than usual
The good thing about stress is that it can be managed or harnessed into productive energy, engaging in specialised stress counselling and management with a psychologist can be one of the very best things you can do for your professional and personal lives.
Many top sportspeople and business leaders engage with professional psychologists regularly to help them manage their stress, which result in higher performance and a more balanced, happier life.
What are the signs it’s time to engage a professional to help with your stress?
While stress is a normal, instinctual response experienced by all humans when we’re under pressure, as we know unmanaged stress can have very serious health, personal and professional consequences.
Some of the signs you should engage in professional help for stress include:
- The loss of energy or intent to see people
- Issues sleeping or staying asleep
- Not taking care of yourself, or putting yourself second
- Not taking part in things you previously enjoyed
- Constantly feeling snappy and irritable
- Procrastinating from tasks which will in-fact lighten your load
- A racing mind and a constant state of worry
- Inability to wind-down or relax
- Changes in appetite
- Constant feelings of restlessness or nervousness
- Drinking alcohol more often than usual
- Engaging in reckless or self-destructive activities
- Smoking more than usual
- Loss of the ability to focus or concentrate
At Online Psychologists Australia our highly skilled and experienced team is aware that every individual’s struggle with stress is unique, and stress presents itself differently in everybody.
For this reason, when you engage in online stress counselling, we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your needs and preferences.
Your personally matched psychologist will use evidence-based methodologies delivered online which will help you overcome your issues managing stress.
How do we offer stress management counselling online?
At Online Psychologists Australia, all of our psychologists are expertly trained professionals with a history of success when treating patients struggling with managing stress. Stress is one of the most common issues we encounter, and the team is confident in our ability to help you have a positive outcome resulting in a better quality of life.
Getting stress management support online with Online Psychologists Australia is Medicare rebated, allowing you to focus on recovery.
Our psychologists never prescribe a one-size fits all approach to stress management issues, but rather employ a host of evidence-based treatments and methods proven to help you unlock the cause of your stress issues and teach you methods to deal with stress. You can’t stop the waves in the ocean, but you can learn to surf.
Our psychological treatment methods create fantastic outcomes for our patients, the methods deliver not only great results in the short term, but also provide our patients with the tools required to cope with their stress in the future
Some of the methods when providing online stress counselling include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
- Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
What are the benefits of engaging in stress management therapy online?
The fact that the counselling is available online means the barrier to engaging is much lower – this makes it much easier for participants to take the first step and overcome their stress management issues.
Other benefits of engaging in online stress management therapy include:
- Added flexibility around treatment times (after or even before regular working hours)
- Reduced pressure or treatment stress for the patient
- Private and discreet sessions
- Medicare rebated sessions
- Patients often feel more comfortable engaging in counselling online, and this can actually speed up their recovery process
- Patients are more likely to keep up consistent sessions due to added convenience
What can you expect from online stress management counselling?
Before you officially start your treatment – you’ll have a free 15-minute consultation so that we’re able to match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs, and your preferences.
Once you begin treatment, the psychologist treating you will take the time to understand you as an individual. You will find the conversation takes place in a completely safe, private and comforting manner – your highly skilled psychologist is there to help you, not to judge you.
Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the psychologist treating you can draw on a range of evidence-based methodologies to help you recover from your stress issues.
Complete stress management won’t happen overnight, and more often than not, you will have some ‘homework’ or tasks to perform in-between sessions. These small tasks often involve being present and aware during day-to-day life and will help you make progress between sessions.
Get stress management counselling online today with a professional psychologist today
Reaching out and accessing support for stress management issues can be tough, however the benefits of doing can be life-changing.
Our professional, empathetic and understanding team of psychologists are ready to help you overcome your issues with stress.
At Online Psychologists Australia, we offer a free, no obligation 15-minute consultation where we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs.
All of our sessions are claimable with Medicare rebates.
Get the help you need today.
"The privacy and comfort of having sessions online, but still face-to-face over Zoom made me feel so much more at ease. I was able to open-up much quicker and felt like I was making progress after just my first session."
What our clients are saying
"Being able to book in appointments that work around my schedule has been incredible. Speaking to Rob has had the most positive impact on my mental wellbeing given the isolation I experienced in 2020."
"The fact I was able to get medicare rebate on my sessions made the whole process so much easier. I've already recommended Online Psychologists Australia to a few friends that have been struggling lately.
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