Wellmount Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

Great Strand Street, Dublin1

Email: ashling@akashacouncelling.ie

Tel: +353 85 147 8182



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Stress is caused by the flight or fight response, it is a chemical reaction in the body and mind caused by a re-action to danger whether that is real or perceived danger. If we can learn new ways of recognising the signs and symptoms stress this will enable you to learn to deal with stress more effectively therefore reducing the physical effect it has on our body, mind and soul.


If stress is taken over your life call Ashling to book an appointment today on 0851478182 or email on ashling@akashacounselling.ie.



Akasha Counselling offers a Low-Cost Counselling Service in Dublin. We offer a reduced rate for people who are on a social welfare payment and for people who are on a low income, proof of income will be required. Cost will be determined once you have a short consultation by phone. All counselling sessions last for a minimum of 50 minutes.

Standard Session €70

Low Income with a Medical Card €40 per session

Social Welfare Recipients €30 per session

Couples Counselling €90 per session

Couples on Low Income with a medical card € 70

Couples on Social Welfare €50 per session

If you would like to book an appointment contact Ashling for a short no obligation consultation 


Phone: 0851478182

Email: ashling@akashacounselling.ie

What is Stress?


Stress is a feeling that can be caused by many things from an increased workload, to family pressures, financial concerns and fear and anxiety about the future and the past.

Stress affects us all in one way or another. There may be times and situations in our lives when pressure builds up and we may need a little extra support to help us cope.


Firstly, let’s debunk one myth: stress is not necessarily a ‘bad’ thing. Without this brilliant ability to feel stress, humankind wouldn’t have survived. Our cavemen ancestors, for example, used the onset of stress to alert them to a potential danger, such as a sabre-toothed tiger.

Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action. This causes several reactions, from blood being diverted to muscles to shutting down unnecessary bodily functions such as digestion.

Through the release of hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine, the caveman gained a rush of energy, which prepared him to either fight the tiger or run away. That heart pounding, fast breathing sensation is the adrenaline; as well as a boost of energy, it enables us to focus our attention, so we can quickly respond to the situation.

In the modern world, the ‘fight or flight’ mode can still help us survive dangerous situations, such as reacting swiftly to a person running in front of our car by slamming on the brakes.

The challenge is when our body goes into a state of stress in inappropriate situations. When blood flow is going only to the most important muscles needed to fight or flee, brain function is minimised. This can lead to an inability to ‘think straight’; a state that is a great hindrance in both our work and home lives. If we are kept in a state of stress for long periods, it can be detrimental to our health.  The results of having elevated cortisol levels can be an increase in sugar and blood pressure levels, and a decrease in libido.

Source Ref: http://www.stress.org.uk/what-is-stress/