Stress Management Expressive Arts Therapies

Stress Management

While stress is a normal part of our modern, everyday lives, it can also have dramatic side effects. Chronic stress can lead to behavioral issues, such as drug abuse that can harm relationships. However, most commonly, chronic stress can affect a person's physical health in a number of ways. Many people avoid asking for help in coping with stress management, accepting it as a common hazard of today's fast-paced life.

Yes, at some point everyone suffers from challenges with stress management, but if at any point in time you feel like you have trouble handling it, it is time to get help. Signs that you are not coping with stress management includes a change in your sleeping or eating habits, feeling physically unwell (headaches, ulcers, frequent colds and flu), reduced productivity and decreased pleasure in activities you enjoyed before.

Stress is common when dealing with life changes or situations such as job losses, getting married, breakups or divorces, discrimination, parenting, moving house, death of a pet or loved one, being diagnosed with a serious medical condition.  

Therapy can help you to better deal with stress management issues. Negative moods reduce the quality of several aspects of our lives, including productivity and interpersonal relationships. Through cognitive restructuring, negative thoughts can be challenged and rescripted to help you create a more positive mindset.

Stress can often cloud the validity of our interpretations of certain events and circumstances, and cognitive restructuring challenges those assumptions. In the case of invalid interpretations, the way we think about situations naturally changes, which has a positive effect on our moods and ability to handle stress better.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who will help you manage stress more effectively you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Expressive Arts Therapies

Expressive Arts Therapies use digital media or traditional arts and crafts materials to help clients express themselves more effectively. Therapists use art therapies in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy in clinical settings for clients of all ages to promote mental health.

Writing, movement, drama, music and other forms of art is used as part of several integrative mental health interventions and complementary practices. The logic behind expressive art therapy is that people often find it easier to express themselves in symbols, pictures and movement. By allowing this artistic expression, clients can express their thoughts and emotions easily, while finding the path to transformation, recovery and wellness.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Expressive Arts Therapies, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Darcy Bailey

M.S.W., RCC

Michelle Mann

Ph.D., RCC

Judith Bertoia

Ph.D., R.Psych

Gene Bonny

M.A., R.Psych

Joachim Sehrbrock

Ph.D., R.Psych

Angela Herd

M.A., RCC

Tricia Antoniuk

M.S.W., RSW

Joel Kroeker

M.A., RCC
    • Audio on profile
    • Article(s) on profile

Ann Holroyd

Ph.D., RCC

Daeniela Bheaumont

M.Ed., R.Psych
    • Video on profile

Uri Sanhedrai

M.A., RCC

Chi-Jen Hung

M.Couns., RCC

Barb Rogers

M.A., RCC

Norissa Mongrain

B.S.W., RSW

Kendra Antony

M.A., RCC

Kerry Moller

M.A., RCC

Martine Charles

Ph.D., RCC

Renee Bartkiewicz

M.A., RCC