Stress has become a common yet often unpleasant component of western culture and was a commonly endorsed side effect of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020. While some stress level is normal and adaptive, overwhelming and persistent stress can interfere with your physical and mental health, relationships and work.

These are some of the signs people under high stress may experience:

Physical: changes in appetite, changes in sleep and energy levels, headaches and muscle tension, gastrointestinal upset and rapid heart rate.

Psychological/emotion: feeling overwhelmed, being moody or irritable, difficulty concentrating, worrying frequently.

The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will endeavour to help you reduce stress’s impact on your life. Our training and knowledge may help you better cope and reduce the feelings of stress and anxiety in your life.

Stress can dominate your life and result in diminished quality of life as well as serious health consequences.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we’re able to help you. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Stress Management Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

A state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances best defines stress. The condition is associated with a long list of physical and mental symptoms. Some symptoms include acne, headaches, aches and pains, and the feeling of constantly feeling ill.   

Stress may also take a toll on your immune system and can cause increased susceptibility to infections. Disruption of sleep, insomnia, changes in sex drives, and digestive problems are also other symptoms of high stress levels. If you’re experiencing two or more of these, you’re most likely dealing with stress.

Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realise it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may be the cause, and its symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Being able to recognise common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Treatment for stress can draw from many modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)and mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy. CBT involves helping individuals potentially identify how their thought patterns may relate to the level of stress experienced and how to possibly manage their relationship to their thoughts more effectively. Stress treatment may also be facilitated by DBT skills which may help manage heightened emotions and address lifestyle factors to prevent an individual from becoming overwhelmed.  Developing a mindfulness practice has also been shown as an effective technique to manage stress and emotional wellbeing.

Let’s find out if we may be able to help you manage stress.

Our therapists work with you using relaxation techniques, stress and anxiety counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation. 

Stress management techniques may include:

  • Hypnotherapy. Downloadable recordings are available and may help you to relax.
  • Counselling and mindfulness therapy may help you to identify the causes of destructive emotions. Very often, this type of counselling may help you feel less overwhelmed.

There are many stress management techniques out there. Some people may adapt and change quickly with relaxation, meditation, and NLP therapy. Others may need more in-depth analysis and counselling so that they are better able to cope with the demands in their internal and external environment. Unresolved issues may be present and the willingness to participate in your treatment is a factor. The good news is that treatments are flexible and the approach is based on your needs and your goals. We can assess your treatment method on an ongoing basis and discontinue or space treatments out when required.

Our main objective is to help you more easily cope with the demands of your life. Your therapist isn’t going to be the one answering all the questions. They’ll be working with you so you can potentially deal with your stress more effectively, putting you in control. You can also download our Stress Management recording as it may complement your sessions.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to enquire. 

Note: This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. Information on this page and our entire site should not be construed as implying that our therapists are specialists in treating any condition whatsoever. While some of our therapists may have experience working with people suffering from a specific condition, not all of our therapists do. We do not guarantee any particular level of performance, cure or management of symptoms. Each case is unique and responds differently with collaboration between client and therapist being crucial. Always seek an appropriate assessment from a qualified professional such as a GP, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or social worker especially if you are acutely distressed.


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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain