A professional counselor can help!

By Sailaja Menon, Counseling Psychologist


Sailaja Menon
Counseling Psychologist

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March 12, 2019

Are you feeling stressed out and your life is out of control? A professional counselor can help!

Research conducted by a leading insurance company in the West states that people seeing a Counsellor cuts short their hospital visits by 30%

Dubai is increasingly becoming a competitive market and environment to live. To survive and sustain in such a setting it is necessary for all of us to be mentally, emotionally and physically fit…People here are constantly bogged down with a myriad of real-life issues and challenges such as a lack of permanence, competitive work environments, isolation inability to adjust to work and family pressure, need to support family back home, long commutes, long working hours, relationship issues at home and at work are just a sampling few. Confronting and dealing with these challenges on a daily basis is tiring and impacts the wellbeing of the individual significantly. In such situations, Stress is one of the most common symptoms experienced by many. Stress left untreated can debilitate you physically and mentally and can impair your day to day functioning severely. Stress is treatable and curable if you seek the right help.” Counseling is one of those help forums that can relieve you from these symptoms, and help you to maximize your potential and make positive changes in your life. Visit a Licensed Professional counselor today to regain your life and secure your well being.

How Stress Affects You?


Feelings of sadness, lack of pleasure in day to day activities, anxiety, easily agitated, restless, a sense of unworthiness, irritability, defensive, angry, argumentative, mentally tired, preoccupied, lack of flexibility, difficulty concentrating, overcompensating, avoiding dealing with problems, or denying that you have problems


Avoidance, neglecting responsibilities, Compulsive behaviors such as gambling, heavy spending, alcohol, and sex, difficulty controlling aggressive impulses, ineptness, defiance at work, tardiness, moodiness to name a few


High blood pressure, weight loss/weight gain, lack of sleep, anger, lack of appetite, or anxious, palpitations and increased sweating, overeating, headaches, muscle tension and aches to name a few.

Coping with stress-twofold

Self-control- which is taking responsibility for reactions to a situation by getting help (seeking mental health Counselling, attending wellbeing programs and positive self-talk)

Situational control- includes problem-solving, effective communication, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and time management (which can be skills learned through counseling)

What brings people to Counselling

From childhood through late adulthood, there are certain times when we may need help addressing problems and issues that cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed. People often come to a counselor when they face:

Life transitions such as marriage, pregnancy divorce or remarriage; having, raising and launching children; life-threatening illness, substance abuse and or addiction, moving, changing jobs, schools, friends or communities; facing retirement, loss of loved ones, job conflicts, and concerns, relationship issues

Debilitating Feelings such as depression or sadness, stress or anxiety, emptiness or loneliness, low self-esteem, lack of confidence in self, fear and or phobia, disinterest in work, frequent tardiness.

Troubled relationships with spouse/partner, family or friends, boss or colleagues and in school /University/ /teachers

Personal and spiritual uncertainties about the purpose, meaning, and direction in life and a sense of loss of one’s ability and capabilities


  • Do you have difficulty sleeping at night?
  • Do you have persistent headaches, backaches or stomachaches?
  • Do you harbor feelings of resentment or anger?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by too much to do and the inability to organize time effectively?
  • Do you find it difficult to show your feelings?
  • Do you feel irritable and angry without cause?
  • Do you experience a consistent lack of energy?
  • Do you worry about the future and feel afraid of tomorrow?
  • Do you feel isolated and alone?
  • Do you find yourself spending less time with friends and more time alone?
  • Are you unable to relax and laugh?
  • Do you find you are eating more than usual?
  • Are you uncomfortable in open (closed) spaces?
  • Do you feel pressured in many areas of your life and unable to complete tasks successfully?
  • Do you find yourself crying all the time or unable to cry at all?
  • Do you have trouble making up your mind?
  • Have you become more accident-prone?

If you answered YES to two or more of these questions, or hesitated in answering NO, you may want to seek professional help to reduce your stress or anxiety levels.

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