Counselling and talking therapy – a path to better health and wellbeing
September 02 2021
There are a number of factors which can seriously affect the ability of an employee to carry out their job efficiently but one of the most prevalent in today’s world is poor mental health – which is why it is good to talk!
While it may be true that behavioural changes of a work colleague might raise concerns, deteriorating mental health cannot be seen, often goes unrecognised and therefore untreated until the problem becomes too big for an individual to deal with.
Talking it through
Counselling, or talking therapy, is an excellent way in which employers can ensure their employees have the support they need to address any problems they may have, facing up to the root cause and then being presented with the help they need towards a path of improved mental health.
This form of therapy can help all sorts of people facing a variety of situations but the end goal is always the same, helping a person through a bad time or emotional problem they need help to deal with. This may include things like depression, bereavement, relationship issues, stress, financial difficulties, addiction, bullying or PTSD.
Any one of these problems, or any number of others, can lead to a downward spiral in terms of a person’s mental health which will have a detrimental impact on their lives and their ability to perform at peak efficiency at work.
It is estimated that employers are losing between £33bn and £42bn every year because of mental health issues with staff – so it doesn’t require too big a leap in logic to come to the conclusion that it’s in the best interests of employer as well as employee to ensure the general mental health of staff is safeguarded.
A quick response
My Occ Health counsellors are all NCS, UKCP or BACP accredited and have extensive experience in helping businesses to provide the necessary support to maintain the good health and wellbeing of their employees.
This includes a self-referral service, cutting down on the time to be seen by a counsellor, assessment and commencement of any therapy sessions that are recommended. It generally takes about two weeks from the time of the self-referral to the person being contacted by our counsellor.
This is particularly important when you consider that waiting times on the NHS can be anything up to 18 months.
After the initial consultation, we will let the employer know whether we consider counselling would be appropriate and how many sessions are likely to be needed. This will enable you to make a decision whether to fund all or part of the treatment – it may be the case that the employee would wish to fund the therapy themselves if necessary.
At the end of the therapy sessions we provide a report on how effective they have been, whether further sessions are needed or make any recommendations regarding follow-up or alternative treatment.
Talking therapy is a highly effective way of keeping your employees in good mental health and wellbeing which will help their productivity, while promoting a better work/life balance. All of which will benefit the productivity and efficiency of your business!