EVERYONE IS AFFECTED BY STRESS
Dealing with stress? Need help to get your life back on track? Stress is the body’s natural response to challenging or dangerous situations. It triggers your “fight or flight” response, causing your body to produce more cortisol and adrenaline to give you the extra push to do what you must. In some cases, it can save your life while in others it encourages you to succeed at a presentation, exam, job interview, etc.
Unfortunately, stress is only beneficial up to a certain point. If stress is experienced for too long or too much at once it can begin to affect your daily activities and can lead to deteriorating your health and quality of life.
Integrated Counseling and Wellness offers professional support for individuals dealing with excessive stress. We are here to help.
I look forward to each appointment and know that I will be treated with the utmost care, respect, and professionalism. I highly recommend this facility to others.
I've seen a dramatic change in my life since beginning my treatment at Integrated Counseling, and I will be forever grateful for my time there.
I went to integrated counseling for two years for eating disorder recovery. Every week, I loved meeting with my counselor to celebrate my successes and work through the barriers that come with mental health challenges. My counselor thoroughly explained the reasons behind eating disorder behaviors, showed empathy with hard topics, and helped me overcome Issues I had dealt with for years. I looked forward to each session. I am in a healthier state of mind and in a better place in life because of the thoughtfulness, kindness, and professionalism that my counselor showed me
I am a 56 year old woman who has struggled with disordered eating for the past 42 years of my life. It wasn’t until I found my counselor with Integrated Counseling, that I started to reverse all the ill effects of dieting, issues around controlling all my food and letting go of my fat phobia. The program that my counselor guided me through was an awesome mix of self compassion, intuitive eating and movement, being present in all aspects of life and stopping judgement towards myself and others. I am convinced that I would not be nearly as far along in my healing process were it not for my counselor. She was gentle yet firm, patient and incredibly understanding. I am left with all the tools I need to proceed through life on my continued recovery journey.
As a young woman who has struggled with body image and a relationship with food for most of my life, receiving counseling for my eating disorder was the only way I could finally see light at the end of my dark tunnel. My anorexia had consumed me to a point where food, exercise, and the way I perceived my body controlled my thoughts and feelings every hour of the day. It wasn't until I sought out counseling and had a desire to recover that I am finally healing. These past three years receiving professional help have truly saved my life. I am now the healthiest I have ever been. Without a shadow of a doubt, I would encourage any person who is struggling with an eating disorder to not be afraid to reach out and trust that you can finally learn to love yourself.
I went to integrated counseling for two years for eating disorder recovery. Every week, I loved meeting with my counselor to celebrate my successes and work through the barriers that come with mental health challenges. My counselor thoroughly explained the reasons behind eating disorder behaviors, showed empathy with hard topics, and helped me overcome Issues I had dealt with for years. I looked forward to each session. I am in a healthier state of mind and in a better place in life because of the thoughtfulness, kindness, and professionalism that my counselor showed me.
I had Annie as my therapist and she’s one of the best therapists I’ve ever had. She’s great at listening to what I need and making sure I’m comfortable no matter what. I love her and it’s because of her I know how to communicate and trust my therapists! Thank you!
This place changed my life. I haven’t been there in about 4 years now, but I was reflecting over my experience and thought they deserved a good review. I originally went to see Luke back in 2017 to deal with my depression. After visiting with him for a few months we came to the conclusion that I was dealing with undiagnosed ADHD. My life has significantly improved because of Luke and my diagnosis. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I've gone to many Counselor places, but this seems to be the one. Excellent Service! By both the therapists and the staff! Very friendly and professional! The atmosphere is great as well! They don't take Medicaid sadly, but they have multiple kinds of professionals and services to fit your need! They also have an excellent website. They are good at communicating to you and each other, so that nothing goes wrong.
I have loved my time with Integrated Counseling and Wellness. The staff made me feel comfortable and well taken care of. My therapist, Liz, was incredible. You can tell she is professionally trained, well qualified, and truly cares for her patients. I've seen a dramatic change in my life since beginning my treatment at Integrated Counseling, and I will be forever grateful for my time there.
I have had nothing but a positive experience in my time receiving counseling at Integrated Counseling and Wellness. The staff is incredibly friendly and professional and the environment is conducive to peace and calm. I have made and continue to make great strides in improving my mental health thanks to my time here.
LouAnn Stermer is an excellent counselor who cares deeply about her clients. In the past, I worked with her at 2 different times over several years. She always acted in a professional manner and with a great deal of integrity. Integrated Counseling is very lucky to have her.
Luke Einerson is amazing! I always had the hardest time falling asleep, and with one visit, Luke made the perfect herbal mixture that has made all the difference! He was very knowledgeable and caring! Highly recommend him if you are looking for a more natural Herbal alternative!
I have witnessed Luke's work with clients and can attest to his passion, compassion, and skill at delivering client-specific care. Luke really cares about the people he works with, and he is talented at seeing their potential to creatively help them realize that for themselves.
Luke is an Executive Coach with a solid entrepreneurial experience and deep understanding of the healthcare ecosystem. This combined with his strong listening skills and “out of the box” thinking approach, brings a unique edge to his coaching practice.
I have experienced incredible growth with the help of my counselor here. Best counseling I have ever had!
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF STRESS?
Any situation that places a high demand on you or poses a threat to your wellbeing can be interpreted as stress. Stress is caused not only by negative situations but also positive changes in life that greatly increase the intensity of one’s normal routine. Common causes of stress include:
- Illness or injury
- Relationship problems
- Financial problems
- Work-related problems
- Being too busy
- Getting married
- Having a baby
- Buying a home
- Work promotion
- Losing your job
- Retirement and more
Simple things like traffic, noisy neighbors, a broken appliance or numerous other everyday occurrences can also cause stress. Even watching the news or thinking about something negative can raise your stress level.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF STRESS?
The most dangerous element of stress is its widespread effects on one’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral wellbeing. Recognizing the symptoms as an extension of your stressor(s) is key to a successful coping strategy. Common symptoms of stress include:
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory problems
- Perpetual anxiety
- Irritability, anger management issues
- Unhappiness or depression
- Loneliness or isolation
- Aches and pains
- Nausea, dizziness
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sleeping difficulties
- Substance abuse
STRESS RISK FACTORS
Stress is often considered a normal part of life; in fact, some individuals thrive under high stress levels. However, each person’s tolerance and coping capacity for stressful situations is different due to a variety of personal and environmental factors. Individuals who are at a higher risk of experiencing frequent or intense symptoms of stress include those with:
- Multiple causes of stress
- Low-stress tolerance
- Negative interpretation of the stressor(s)
- Low self-confidence in controlling the stressor(s)
- Limited support from people closest to them
- Difficulty regulating emotions
- Negative outlook on life
HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS
Although stress may feel overwhelming at times, there is a variety of ways to deal with it and ensure that it does not escalate into a more serious problem. Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally is often the ideal method for arming your body against the psychological stressors of daily life. Plans for effective coping and prevention mechanisms include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Seeking support from family and friends
- Adopting a pet
- Listening to music
- Prioritizing your daily tasks
- Getting a healthy amount of sleep
- Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake
- Practicing relaxation techniques, i.e., meditation or yoga
- Attending a group stress management program
GET PROFESSIONAL HELP TO OVERCOME STRESS TODAY
In some cases, psychological distress may affect one’s ability to function at home, work or school, or even society as a whole for a prolonged period of time. Severe stress may be a symptom of clinical anxiety disorder, it is wise to seek professional help from a qualified stress therapist to address the problem in a timely and efficient manner.
If you are looking for professional stress counseling, please do not hesitate to contact Integrated Counseling and Wellness. With timely intervention, stress can be overcome and wellbeing restored.