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Work Related Stress

Work related stress is increasingly being recognised as a significant issue for many people. Some may feel overwhelmed by the demands of their job. Others suffer from a fear of bullying/harassment, or a fear of being found to be unworthy. Changing jobs is a stressful event in itself. Work related stress may also be a symptom of deeper psychological distress.

If you are experiencing work related stress, you may be feeling trapped, with no way out. You may be experiencing a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • dreading Monday morning
  • constant worry
  • feelings of panic
  • feelings of hopelessness
  • poor appetite
  • inability to concentrate
  • regular ill health
  • difficulty sleeping, waking up, or tiredness

However, help is readily available. Early psychological support can help minimise the consequences of work related stress for you and those around you.

How psychological therapy can help

The right psychotherapist will be able to help you identify what′s causing your stress, and together you can start to find solutions. Your specialist will provide the treatments for work related stress that will give you the most benefit in the short, medium and long term.

Psychological therapy will give you support in your current situation, whether or not you are still able to work. If you have been unable to work, therapy can be extremely helpful to manage the problem and even prepare you to return, when you′re ready.

What′s involved

Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) can help you identify unconscious patterns of behaviour that contribute to the way we react to certain situations. Using these effective treatments, your therapist can teach you new ways to manage certain situations, including work pressure, unrealistic work demands, bullying and harassment.

Your psychotherapist will also be able to treat the symptoms of work related stress using techniques such as relaxation and body-focused therapies. Role playing can also be useful. By learning to manage your physical responses to stress, you can become more able to think clearly and choose more useful ways to meet your goals.

How to get help

If you are suffering from work related stress, ideally the first step is to discuss your feelings with your manager or HR Department. If you feel you can’t, independent professional advice can help.

However, where you cannot resolve the issue, and are still experiencing symptoms of stress, working with a therapist can help identify why you feel the way you do, and what you can do about it.

Contact Connect

Connect will help you find the most appropriate therapist for your circumstances, in a location convenient to you. If you or someone you know is suffering, and you live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, West Wiltshire or South Gloucestershire, please contact us for a free discussion of your concerns. Call 01225 344 171 or email

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