Stress Management | Durham NC Therapist


Sometimes, people become overwhelmed with stress. Inadequately managed stress can lead to anxiety, withdrawal, aggression, physical illness, or poor coping skills (e.g., alcohol or drug use, self-injury, eating disorders).

People become overloaded with stress for many reasons, including

  • Moving to a new community
  • Changing jobs or school
  • Taking on too many activities
  • Having too high expectations
  • Transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Chronic illness
  • Severe problems in the family

Sometimes, stress results from common day-to-day difficulties. Sometimes, from major life events. And sometimes, from the accumulation of many stressful life events in a small amount of time.

When stress feels disruptive, stress management counseling can be a very helpful way to both understand the underlying meaning of your stress as well as develop stress management tools and coping skills to better deal with your issues and concerns.


Together, we will employ a number of therapeutic techniques that are especially helpful for reducing stress and gaining a sense of well being, including meditation; mind-body, stress relief, and relaxation skills; assertiveness training skills; dealing with perfectionism; insomnia treatment and therapy; psychotherapy; and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive therapy, and behavior therapy.

"Carolyn is incredibly adept at weaving strategy, technique and genuine caring into what are highly effective sessions. Employing mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, working assignments and open discussion, Carolyn fosters an open yet structured environment. Working with Carolyn has transformed the way I think, process and communicate, and I'm grateful for the integral role she's played in my life. In school, they don't teach us how to properly think and process events and emotions... Read more"

- former client

"I saw Carolyn for a little over a year, and so much has changed for the better, which is due in large part to my sessions with her. I met Carolyn after a very dark period in my life. My perception of myself has always been unduly harsh and it has caused me great bouts of anxiety, depression, and self-sabotage. I was truly my own worst enemy. Through our sessions, she's helped me give a name to all my cognitive distortions and learn to exercise some control over them... Read more"

- former client

"I came to Carolyn when I was experiencing an extremely painful episode of anxiety in my life. Everything seemed bleak. Everything seemed dark. After engaging in intensive therapy with Carolyn, I felt much better. Through therapy we were able to unmask into the reasons behind my anxiety. Carolyn created a supportive environment where I have felt comfortable opening up to her. Life is much better for me now... Read more"

- former client

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