Stress can feel like running on a treadmill that's been set too fast; no matter how hard you try, you don't seem to keep up. The pressure keeps mounting and the stress can get overwhelming enough that you're probably very close to throwing in the towel. And it's not like that you haven't drawn on every resource you have to deal with the situation.

You've done your homework and prepared for every eventuality. You've followed the breathing routines, the workouts, and self-help exercices. Whenever you could, you've gone for the short breaks or on longer vacations to recharge your batteries. You've probably even picked up a hobby or two.

These strategies seem to work at first but often the pressure is back on again. You have more things to do with less time and fewer resources. The cycle seems endless and you begin to give up hope or to even wonder if there's something wrong with you.

Just about everything and everyone around is pushing you to keep at it or to go even faster on that treadmill. The trick is to not do that. What will be most useful for you is to figure out how you can reach for the control panel and adjust the speed to what is good and healthy for you.

Psychotherapy helps you do that. It's a quiet space that will give you an opportunity to figure out what is important for you, how to adjust your priorities and decide what gives you the most meaning and satisfaction.

Psychotherapy can help you understand the emotional as well as the practical causes of your stress; it can give you the tools and strategies you'll need first to manage that stress and then prevent it from happening again in the future.