Romy's Counselling

"Addressing your emotional needs with compassion"

Stress Management Group


What is Stress? 


Stress is a natural, physiological response that involves a complex interaction between our mind, body, and environment.  Stress is not inherently bad.  In fact, we need a certain, optimal level of stress in order to remain alert and perform well.

Ideally, stress prepares us to take action by activating our sympathetic nervous system and improving mental focus.  If we are too relaxed (i.e., not stressed enough), then we?re likely to be less motivated and less primed for physical action, thus inhibiting our ability to respond well to a situation.  If we are under too much stress, we also suffer as our body stiffens and we lose our mental edge. 


When Stress is a Problem?

The problem occurs when we experience too much stress.  We overtax the natural resources of our body both physically and mentally.  Chronic, high levels of stress have been associated with many serious physical and psychological difficulties, including insomnia, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, depression, and anxiety disorders. 

In a recent survey (Canadian Mental Health Association ) 2020, nearly half of all Canadian believe that their level of stress has increased over the past five years.  In fact, nearly one-in-three Canadian report experiencing extreme levels of stress, which negatively impact health and well-being, work, and relationships.


What are the Warning Signs of Too Much Stress?

Due to the complex nature of stress and its effect on us, there are many potential warning signs.  Every person has a different response to overwhelming stress based on his/her genetic predispositions, life history, and current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Warning signs of too much stress can include the following:

Muscle tension Hurrying Irritability
Headaches Increased accidents Decreased emotional control
Exhaustion/fatigue Decreased productivity Often worried
Weight changes Increased consumption of alcohol or drugs Feeling overwhelmed
Sleep disturbances Unhealthy eating patterns Easily frustrated
Teeth grinding Isolation Poor concentration
Frequent bouts of illness Cigarette smoking Forgetfulness
Stomach aches Procrastination Thoughts of running away
Hypertension Conflicts with others Loss of sense of humor
Sweating or trembling hands Restricted breathing Difficulty making decisions
Sexual dysfunction   Crying spells
Diarrhea or constipation   Intense bouts of anger
Back pain    


How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) help with stress?


The initial phase of CBT involves a thorough assessment of the thoughts, actions, and circumstances that influence the amount of stress that you experience.  Based on our life history, we tend to interpret events and respond to them in characteristic ways.  Typically, for people under stress, such interpretations involve a perception of danger or threat combined with a challenge to our ability to cope with the situation. 


He or she could benefit from (1) therapeutic interventions to reduce the unrealistic expectations, (2) instruction in relaxation exercises, and (3) integration of an exercise regimen.  (2) instructions in diaphragmatic breathing and mindful eating at meal times.  resources. 

 During treatment, the therapist and patient consistently evaluate the effectiveness of these different interventions and make adjustments as necessary.


Sessions may be individual or groups.

Groups are offered  once weekly session are 1.5 hours.  Registration is required.

Referral may be made by self, psychiatrist, or by your family doctor.


Please contact us  by filling out the application or call us at:  


Romy's Counselling

905-452-7227 or 647-400-8467

To Book an appointment or to contact us at

Romy's Counselling

18 Queen Street East

Brampton Ont.

L6V 1A2

Tel. 905-452-7227 or 647-400-8467