STRESS MANAGEMENT

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What is Stress?

We all know what it is like to feel stressed, however it is not that easy to define exactly what stress means. When we say things like “this is stressful” or “I’m stressed out” we might be talking about when we have a lot to do or when we have demands placed upon us that we find difficult to cope with.

Although short burst of stress can heighten our performance and help us accomplish tasks, long-term stress can have a major impact on physical and mental health affecting how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically.

You may feel emotionally

How you may feel mentally

  • racing thoughts & constant worrying

  • difficulty concentrating

  • difficulty in making decisions

How you may feel physically

How you may behave

  • drinking or smoking more

  • snapping at people

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Alexander James CBH MBCT

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

I use Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy to help clients manage and cope with stress. 

The 8-week programme teaches a set of simple yet powerful practices including meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress and unhappiness.

The focus of the treatment is on changing one’s relationship to unwanted thoughts, feelings and body sensations so that participants no longer try to avoid them or react to them automatically, but rather respond to them in an intentional and skillful manner.

The 8-week programme teaches a set of simple yet powerful practices including meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress and unhappiness.

The focus of the treatment is on changing one’s relationship to unwanted thoughts, feelings and body sensations so that participants no longer try to avoid them or react to them automatically, but rather respond to them in an intentional and skillful manner.

People who practise the techniques regularly may find lasting physical and psychological benefits such as:

  • reduced stress and anxiety

  • higher levels of energy and enthusiasm for life

  • improved sleeping patterns

  • living in the present moment

  • increased self-confidence and productivity

  • an improved ability to manage emotions

Strategies used:

  • meditations to include body scan, breathing meditation, walking meditation

  • living in the present moment

  • seeing thoughts as just ‘thoughts’

  • stepping out of automatic pilot

You will leave therapy with:

  • pre-recorded guided meditations from the programme

  • all materials you will need to continue your practice at home

  • tools and strategies to help you manage stress and live a more fulfilling and happier life

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Please do not hesitate to call or email me for a free initial consultation to discuss how best I can help you.

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Testimonials

"I am an A&E Consultant working in a London hospital and found Alex through the NHS in Mind website he built at the beginning of the pandemic. I had been using those resources a little to help manage stress but as the pressures increased at work I found I spent most of my days and evenings feeling on edge, irritable and my sleep became a problem too. After realising I couldn’t continue like this, I contacted Alex and we started 4 weeks of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy followed by an 8 week Mindfulness training programme. After completing the 12 week course of therapy I am happy to say that this experience has honestly changed my life! Not only has the stress now gone but I have learnt new perspectives and skills that meant I could carry on with the same role without it effecting my mental health. I have developed positive ways to respond to triggers that mean I don’t feel stressed, I have so much more awareness of myself and feel I have really gained and grown as an individual too - I am even meditating once a day now which is something I never thought I would be doing. Alex was incredible, he was so kind, patient, always available if I needed him and has taught me skills and a refreshing, profound new approach to life that I can’t thank him enough for."

Rupert J - Google

Alexander James is a Mindfulness-Based Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist helping clients overcome addictions, stress and anxiety disorders.

Appointments are available at various clinics across Central London including:

1 Harley Street, Bank, Canary Wharf, Notting Hill, Wimbledon and outside London at the Cowdray Therapy Rooms in West Sussex.

I also offer home visits and Online consultations.

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.