Michelle MarksWelcome! I'm Michelle Marks,

I'm a New York State Licensed Psychologist and I specialize in offering support and solutions for Women's Stress Syndrome, a term I coined to describe the unique way stress manifests in women.

I've seen the damage that years and even decades of stress can cause for women. When we're young, we usually don't notice the problem - we're too busy being busy, or being "good".  It seems normal. But as we get older, it begins to take a toll - on our happiness, relationships, ability to perform at our best and enjoy our lives, our sense of purpose and meaning, and even our health.

About Women's Stress Syndrome

Life is stressful for all of us. But women's stress can be different than men's in many important ways and is determined by our unique biology, genetics, and the culture and environment in which we live. The accumulation of trauma, even small social traumas we experience when we're very young and trauma passed through the generations also play a role in the development of Women's Stress Syndrome.

Here are some of the many common symptoms of Women's Stress Syndrome:

  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Feeling scattered, empty, or like you're just going through the motions
  • Difficulty knowing yourself, standing your ground, or advocating for yourself
  • Relationship or career problems
  • Irritability, frustration, and anger
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Guilt and shame
  • Food, weight, eating, and body image challenges
  • Fatigue, depletion, exhaustion, or even shutting down - either chronically or sporadically
  • Stress-related medical conditions including chronic pain, high blood pressure, headaches, and certain autoimmune and digestive conditions
  • And obviously, feeling overwhelmed or stressed

Because our stress is different, women need a solution that works for our lives and builds on our natural strengths and capacities.

Most stress management programs designed for men ignore the practical realities of our lives and the subtle nuances of our stress. My approach helps you target the root causes of Women's Stress Syndrome and your unique constellation of symptoms, build inner your resources, honor your gifts, and develop strategies that suit your lifestyle and temperament so they're life-enhancing and sustainable.

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom." Anaïs Nin.

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