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You have a legal responsibility for all your employees, which extends to both their physical and mental wellbeing. A major part of your duty of care to your employees is looking out for their wellbeing, and workplace counselling is one way to go about it.
A mentally healthy workforce is more motivated, productive, resourceful, and resilient; so there’s a big incentive for you to support this besides legalities.
There are several required risk assessments and legislation that focus on the physical safety of employees. But what about mental wellbeing? How can you tackle this?
One way is through professional help, with access to a counsellor or with psychotherapy through an EAP (Employment Assistance Programme).
Giving all employees access to a free, confidential, workplace counselling service might be viewed as part of an employer’s duty of care.
Let’s look at what psychotherapy is, how it can benefit your employees and the best way for you to implement it.
Psychotherapy is a term used for treating mental health problems and emotional problems.
Patients will tackle these issues by speaking with a psychiatrist counsellor or other mental health professionals. Therapists and patients usually interact on a one-to-one basis, but there can also be group therapies, such as couples or family therapies.
Professionals may use other methods besides talking, such as art or drama; but they will still oversee things and guide the patient(s).
We use it to treat, cure or manage mental health issues. Some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depression, anxiety, or angry for a long time. Others may want help with a chronic illness that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. You can also use it for short-term problems, such as bereavement or job losses.
Some signs that show people can benefit from therapy include:
It is important to check these, as many people do not notice the symptoms themselves. It’s a tricky subject to navigate, especially as an employer. But if you encourage a workplace where speaking about mental health is the norm, it won’t be so difficult.
If you help employees successfully manage and deal with any mental health problems, like you would a physical one by having sick leave etc., you will have fewer absences in the long run and a more productive workforce.
Counselling and psychotherapy can treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including:
Not everyone who benefits from psychotherapy is diagnosed with a mental illness. Psychotherapy can help with several of life's stresses and conflicts that can affect anyone. For example, it may help:
There are many approaches to psychotherapy, psychologists and counsellors draw on one or more of these.
Each theoretical perspective acts as a roadmap to help the psychologist understand their patients and their problems and diagnose possible solutions.
Although many types of therapies exist, some have proven psychotherapy techniques to be most effective, including:
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. On its own, it may not be enough to treat severe depression. But it can play a key role when used with other treatments, including medications.
It's used to help the person deal with everyday stressors. Here are some of the most effective methods:
The aim is to help someone understand why they feel the way they feel, what their triggers are, and how they might change their reaction to them.
Some types of therapy even teach practical techniques to help reframe negative thinking and change behaviours.
Anxiety is a broad spectrum, so the disorders differ vastly. Such as social anxiety or OCD, both have different stressors. So, they tailored therapy to specific symptoms and diagnosis. Here are some of the most successful ones
The primary treatments for people with PTSD are specific short-term psychotherapies. There are four main types of psychological therapies used to treat people with PTSD.
We often throw around the terms counsellor and therapist interchangeably, as well as counselling and therapy. Here are some key elements that define psychotherapy and counselling.
While a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counselling, a counsellor may or may not have the training and skills to provide specific psychotherapy. So, a psychotherapist is a bit more skilled with dealing with mental health issues than a counsellor.
However, there is a great deal of overlap between the two types of therapies. Both provide:
Let’s talk about how Health Assured’s EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) can support you and your business. With a vast number of certified counsellors and wellbeing specialists, we can help create a financial wellbeing strategy for your employees.
With our EAP, you get access to our counsellors 24/7, 365m and our mental, physical, and financial wellbeing resources.
We also have a brilliant new mental, physical, and financial wellbeing app. It provides proactive wellbeing tools and engaging features to enhance our existing services. We’ve built the app’s features from the ground up to improve the user’s mental, physical, and financial health by using personal metrics, personalised content and four-week plans to set goals and celebrate achievements.
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