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Welcome to The Stress Coach

My name is Chris Cunningham, and I am a Melbourne-based psychologist who assists my clients to perform under pressure.



about the stress coach

For more than 30 years I’ve worked in high demand, high pressure environments in private practice, in the emergency services and with government agencies, with the judiciary and with non-government bodies and corporate organisations.

My roles have been as wide ranging as ‘operative’, supervisor, manager, trauma counsellor, critical incident responder, organisational consultant and of course consultant psychologist and executive and personal coach.

I know and understand stressful environments and organisations – from both sides of the equation.  I also know that the costs of working in such challenging and stressful environments can be very high.  That’s why I’ve been engaged to coach and counsel some of our most senior people toward change (and at times even recovery).

These are high performance people operating under high pressure, in high demand situations that require continued performance.  No mean feat!

It’s because I have experienced, know, and understand high performers, tough organisations and the effect of pressure and stress, that I am perfectly placed to help you manage your situation.

I understand how stress works and that stress doesn’t have to be endured, but rather managed.  And sometimes having someone work with you on dealing with your stress can make all the difference between performance and pain.


the stress coach Services


stress coaching

The Stress Coach employs scientifically proven and clinically effective strategies to help you reduce your individual stress, better manage stressful situations and perform at your optimal level, even while under pressure and stress.

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Hypnosis is the process of inducing a deeply calm but highly focused conscious state of awareness that supports the adoption of specific suggestions. These can be suggestions to change behaviour, thinking patterns and perceptions. I employ both clinical hypnotherapy and visualisation techniques to assist my clients and coaches to better manage their behaviours, thinking, emotions and stress experiences.

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forest bathing

(Shinrin-Koku) is a scientifically proven strategy to reduce stress, lower your heart rate and blood pressure and improve your health, simply by entering a natural environment. More than a walk in the park, this strategy is designed to re-connect us with both ourselves and the environment while staying true to the overarching goals of stress reduction.

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Executive survival

When things get toxic at work due to a misunderstanding, targeting by malicious co-workers or somehow falling foul of the system, I can help with practical and proven strategies. I’ve worked with hundreds of executives and employees in such positions, and, as a result, designed ‘Executive Survival 101’ These are strategies that support people to navigate a toxic workplace and bounce back from potentially life changing events.

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Therapeutic technologies

The Stress Coach employs some of the best available technologies to help you calm, self regulate and increase your focus to navigate our increasingly complex world. These are a blend of both state of the art and ancient technologies.

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I will help you understand what stress is, where it comes from and how to manage it (and perhaps even capitalise on it) in your unique circumstances.
— Chris Cunningham, The Stress Coach


a flexible approach

While my Stress Coach framework has been developed and refined by working with some of the top performing professionals across a range of industries for over a decade, what matters to me most is how this roadmap works for you.

I believe in taking a flexible approach and tweaking this framework for your individual circumstances and stress responses. This means we will use a range of personalised techniques to work towards achieving your goal.


Step 1.

Pre-intake assesment

After establishing ‘goodness of fit’ l will conduct an extensive pre-intake with you to identify current issues, drivers of stress and your goals for sessions.



step 2.

Intake Sessions

Next, I’ll undertake an effective assessment to identify key issues, use ‘stress profiling’ and apply psychometrics to get clearer on exactly how you’re travelling.



step 3.

The Work

We will then agree on personalised coaching/treatment options utilising:

  • option analysis, consensus and psycho-education

  • behavioural, cognitive and emotional strategies

  • problem solving and pro-active life strategies

  • both ancient and state of the art psycho technologies.



Step 4.

Moving Forward & Exit

After increasing your understanding of the current issues and progressing against results, we’ll identify the best options to go forward to ensure that the changes you’ve made actually stick.
Final sessions will focus of de- briefing to measure your progress and results against the agreed goals.





As your one-on-one stress coach, my goal is to provide you with tailored and effective techniques for dealing with and managing your stress. This often leads to conversations in which complex and often private personal and professional concerns are raised.

A critical part of this process involves trust - a trust that your confidentiality will be maintained to the highest standards.

As a registered psychologist, I will maintain the highest levels of professional confidentiality in accordance with the the guidelines of AHPRA, the APB, APS and AAP.

So be assured, your professional and private disclosures will be protected in accordance with my rigorous personal and professional standards - freeing you to engage fully and work on your stress to bring about the changes your desire.



CONTACT the stress coach


Reach out today to discover how I can help you perform under pressure, manage your stress responses and use practical techniques to work towards real change.

Phone 0430 782 742 or use the form below.