In simple terms, work related stress is a form of stress caused by things that happen at work. Having an element of challenge is a natural part of having a job and to a certain extent most people enjoy it, we tend to work faster and be more focused when there is some stress. However, when those challenges override the ability to cope, the body and mind can begin to suffer. Although stress is a natural and useful human response, in excess it can be very unhealthy and cause all sorts of havoc across the body, including headaches, high blood pressure and depression. An estimated 13.4 million sick days are taken for work related stress every year.
Work related stress is a growing problem in Britain. Increasing numbers of people report to feeling overworked, unappreciated, underpaid and/or bullied in the workplace. This can lead to further complications such as - anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and even suicidal thoughts, along with physical health problems, relationship issues, sleep loss and feelings of self-doubt and inferiority.
How can counselling help?
Counselling aims to help you get to the root cause of the problems that are causing you stress and help you unravel your feelings. We are all different, and as such we all react differently to certain situations. Counselling will help you explore your own thinking patterns and ways of behaving within the work environment. Sometimes, problems are deep rooted, and if they are not tackled at the root you may find you will continue to encounter the same problems time and time again.
Counselling can help you see things more clearly and enable you the freedom to find a way forward.
Further reading and self-help
‘Overcoming Your Workplace Stress: A CBT based Self Help Guide’ (2011) by Martin Bamber
‘Managing Stress in the Workplace’ How to Get Rid of Stress at Work and Live a Longer Life (2014) by Joe Martin
Why use Counselling Ashford?
Hundreds of lives have been changed for the better
Proven in building a trusting relationship enabling individuals to find a greater understanding of them self and find a way forward and achieve their goals.
Help, support and guidance - reducing confusion and enabling clarity and choice
Tools for you to continue to use at home once the counselling is completed
BSC(hons) Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society)
Cert Counselling Skills
We subscribe to and work within the UKCP Code of Ethics and the BACP Ethical Framework
We will help you understand what is going on in your life that is causing you unhappiness
Feel relaxed in quiet, comfortable environment
Convenient & flexible appointments to suit you.
Ideally located in the heart of Kent in three practices, near Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone and Medway
Just a note to say how grateful I am for your help and advice. I was so muddled and confused before I had my sessions with you. I can see things more clearly now and have much more confidence after your help and advice. I know I have a bit further to go but with you support I am quite sure I will get there.
P. Bennett - Rye
A friend advised me to come and see you about my anxiety attacks. I must admit to being a little sceptical at first, but you were so patient Sian and you seemed to have a knack in making me see my strengths. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me in my work and social life. I no longer want to hide away when there is an important social event. I can at last look forward to things instead of dreading meeting new people. Thanks you from the bottom of my heart.
As a man in his sixties and having seen various counsellors in the past I didn’t think anyone could help me. As you know I had suffered various bouts of depression throughout the years and had begun to think the problems were ‘built in’ and such a part of me there was no escape. It has been quite a journey but I wanted to thank you for your continuing support , help and advice. At last I can feel more positive and I am in a much happier place – thank you Sian
Thank you so much for all your help and support I feel better than I have for years!
About Counselling Ashford
Through gentle questioning and discussion you gain clarity and understanding of your situation. We will help you find ways to move forward and achieve the goals that you set yourself. We have practices in Ashford, Charing & Egerton