Work Stress Therapy

Is Working Well Without Stress Possible?

Work is one of the most common sources of stress for Americans, particularly New Yorkers. Even if you love what you do, the pressure of consistently performing at a high level and putting in long hours can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, perhaps even exhausted.

In our culture, much of our sense of self-worth is deeply tied to our work. We take pride in a work well done. On the other side of the coin, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform well and to be perceived as such by our bosses and our colleagues. High pressure work environment makes matters worse when the stress of others is palpable and elevates our own stress level. When left unmanaged, work stress can become chronic.

Over the long term, chronic stress can take an immense toll on your physical and mental health and lead to burnout and depression. You can't always escape work-related stress, but you can manage it.

Feeling intense stress is not necessary to perform well and reach peak performance. In fact, stress and anxiety sap our energy and prevents us from performing our best. Our work stress therapists can help you develop effective coping strategies, and rediscover how to perform well at work without feeling overly stress or anxious.

Therapy for stress does not mean giving up on doing good work. On the contrary, work stress therapy can help you find the sweet spot where work is engaging and captivating without feeling stressful.

Effects of Chronic Stress

Chronic, out-of-control stress can put your long-term health at risk. You’re more likely to develop serious physical conditions such as gastrointestinal problems (GERD, ulcerative colitis), cardiovascular disease (heart attack, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms) , skin and hair problems (acne, psoriasis, and eczema), and unhealthy weight gain or weight loss .

You’re also more likely to experience severe mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and burnout. In trying to escape this reality, some take refuge in drug and alcohol. But of course, these addictive substances come with their own deleterious health effects. The negative effects of stress on our health compounds when left untreated. These are just some reasons why it's essential to get work-related stress under control as soon as possible.

Work stress therapy can help you alleviate work-related stress, anxiety and nervousness. Stress can cause real physical issues, which are often difficult to reverse. Therapy for stress gives you the tools you need to protect your current and future health and wellbeing.

What Causes Work-Related Stress?

Work-related stress can produce a slew of physical, mental, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms that you might not immediately associate with work or stress. You can benefit from work stress therapy if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent, frequent headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Chest pains
  • Insomnia
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling unmotivated
  • Loss of confidence
  • Loss of interest in usual pleasures
  • Over- or under-eating
  • Alcohol and substance abuse

What Causes Work-Related Stress?

A range of situations can contribute to work-related stress. Some people are overworked because they’ve been given unrealistic goals and deadlines, are expected to put in long hours, or lack support from their managers or colleagues. If you are an executive or CEO, stress may be a part of your day-to-day you have to live with and learn to thrive in.

For others, unclear expectations or finding themselves in roles they aren't prepared for or never wanted are a source of ongoing anxiety.

Your personality might clash with your supervisor’s or a co-worker, or you may be experiencing bullying, discrimination, or exclusion from cliques. Many people suffer from "imposter syndrome" or other forms of insecurity that make even routine tasks feel high-stakes.

The key to learning how to cope with such stress is identifying its root cause. A skilled work stress therapist can help you explore the possible sources of your work stress and find the right coping strategies for your situation.

Coping Techniques to Reduce Work-Related Stress

During work stress therapy, we’ll teach you skills and strategies for managing your stress. Depending on your situation and needs, your therapist will use techniques such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    This form of talk therapy helps you to identify negative thoughts and behavior patterns that trigger stress and replace them with healthier, positive ones that bring confidence and a sense of control. With increased confidence and healthier thought patterns, you’ll be able to deal with stressful situations more effectively.

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy

    A type of therapy focusing on paying attention to the present moment, accepting thoughts and emotions as they are, and allowing them to exist without judgment. As you focus on the present, you’ll learn to accept your thoughts and emotions non-judgmentally and be fully absorbed in the task at end without distractions.

  • Somatic or Body-Oriented Therapy

    a type of therapy that help you tap into the wisdom of your body to diminish the intensity of stress related sensations.

  • Breathwork and Visualization tools

    As part of work stress therapy, you will learn to use your breath to slow your heart rate, which is an immediate method for escaping intense stress and calming your systems. You will also learn visualization exercises which channel the charged emotions of stress into energy to propel you forward.

  • Stress Management Therapy

    While some curveballs are to be expected, the intensity of our work stress can be managed and lowered to the point where work is fulfilling and engaging. Stress Management Therapy focuses on skill building and incorporating tools to increase one's wellbeing and avoid chronic stress and burnout.


Choosing the right therapist can be challenging. Manhattan Mental Health Counseling strives to make it as easy as possible to find top-rated work stress therapists in New York. No matter how intense your work stress, our work stress therapists can help. Our New York work stress therapists can be found on the Meet the Team page. Note that our stress therapists also provide online therapy, so you can get the help you need from the comfort of your home.

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