In Person and Online Therapy Sessions Available | (616) 309 0737
2460 Burton St SE #101, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
In Person and Online Therapy Sessions Available | (616) 309 0737
2460 Burton St SE #101, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Counseling For Stress Management

Therapy for Stress Management

“Our therapists here at Evolve Therapy Group take the time to understand your unique needs and create personalized treatment plans that address the root causes of your stress. Whether you’re dealing with work-related stress, relationship issues, or general anxiety, we’re here to help. “

We know that stress is an inevitable part of our daily life, from the day-to-day responsibilities, to even major life stressors, getting a new job/ job loss, or going through a divorce, or becoming new parents. 

The key to stress management is to restore a sense of balance– over your life, thoughts, emotions, and problems. 

And one way to create balance is by working with one of our clinical therapists to work together to find helpful tools you can implement on the daily.

When stress becomes chronic, it can be indicative that there are things that we need to reexamine in our lives and underlying issues we need to explore.

Exploring and shifting our underlying ways of processing emotions and coping with life’s difficulties is an important first step in beginning to overcome stress and anxiety. 


  • Do you explain away stress as temporary (i.e. “I just have a million things going on right now”) even though you can’t remember the last time for yourself?
  • Do you define stress as an integral part of your work or home life, or as a part of your personality (“I have a lot of nervous energy, that’s all”)?
  • Do you blame your stress on other people or outside events, or view it as entirely normal and unexceptional? ( “Everybody as Stress”) 

The goal of effective stress management is to feel less “under pressure” and more balanced. 

One healthy strategy you can use when you feel stressed includes tracking your stressful emotions in a journal to help you identify the regular culprits in your life, and how to deal with them. 

Notice any patterns and common themes and write down the following: what may have caused your stress, how you felt physically and emotionally, how you acted in response, and what you did to make yourself feel better. 

Exercise, time management, establishing a healthy diet, getting a good amount of sleep, and reducing caffeine and alcohol intake are also effective ways to manage your stress levels.


  • AVOID unnecessary stress and learn how to address situations that do need attention. For example, you should learn how to pare down your schedule, and make sure that you’re not hanging out with people who stress you out.
  • ALTER the situation if you can’t avoid it by expressing your feelings instead of bottling them up, being willing to compromise, and creating a balanced schedule.
  • ADAPT and change yourself if you can’t change the stressor by adjusting your expectations and attitude. This can be done by looking at problems in a different way. You should also focus on looking at the bigger picture, adjusting your standards, and practicing gratitude.
  • ACCEPT the things you can’t change or avoid, which can include any uncontrollable circumstances such as the death of a loved one, a natural disaster, or the loss of a job. Don’t try to control the uncontrollable; instead, look for the upside and the silver linings, learn to forgive, and express your feelings.


One of the most common sources of stress is in the workplace. 

Although this kind of stress is very normal, you must remember that you have the power to learn skills to find peace and balance regardless of how stressful your environment is. 

With the right tools, you can prevent excessive stress from interfering with your productivity and performance, your physical and emotional health, and affecting your relationships and home life. 

Causes of stress at the workplace include:

  • Fear of being laid off.
  • More overtime due to staff cutbacks
  • Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations, but with no increase in job satisfaction.
  • Pressure to work at the optimum level (all the time!)
  • Lack of control over how you do your work.
  • Signs and symptoms of excessive workplace stress
  • Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
  • Apathy or a loss of interest in work
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Muscle tension or headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope


  • Cultivate supportive relationships at work by turning to coworkers for connection, camaraderie, and advice.
  • Make time for regular exercise.
  • Make smart food choices so that you can feel energized at work.
  • Don’t skimp on sleep; you need 7-8 hours each night to feel refreshed in the AM.
  • Improve time management by creating a balanced schedule, using a planner, leaving earlier in the morning to get to work, planning regular breaks, establishing healthy boundaries, and not over-committing to tasks.
  • Improve task management skills such as prioritizing tasks, breaking projects into small steps, delegating responsibilities, and being willing to compromise.
  • Break bad habits such as limiting perfectionism, flipping negative thinking into positive thinking, clearing up your act, looking for humor, and not trying to control the uncontrollable.
  • Increase productivity by talking to your employer about workplace stressors, clarifying your job description, requesting a transfer, asking for new duties, and taking time off.

Of course, workplace stress is just one type of stress; others can include relationship stress, school stress, social stress, or any other traumatic or difficult situation in your life. 

Our therapists can help you work through it so that your stress becomes manageable and does not hinder your daily activities and healthy functioning.


Through a combination of therapy sessions, mindfulness exercises, and practical strategies, we aim to empower you with the tools you need to navigate stressful situations with confidence and resilience. Our therapists specialize in various evidence-based modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and stress reduction techniques. We also provide resources and articles on stress management techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life. We encourage you to reach out to us for a consultation or to learn more about our stress management programs. Take the first step towards a less stressful and more fulfilling life with Evolve Therapy Group. Let us be your partner in stress management and personal growth.


We believe that every individual has the capacity to evolve and thrive through life's challenges. Let us support you on your journey of growth and healing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a more fulfilling and resilient life.

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