How does counselling help stress?
Stress is part of life, and in small amounts, it can be productive in a working environment. However, high or enduring stress levels can affect day to day life in many difficult ways. They affect relationships, work performance, and lead to panic attacks and/or depression. Stress can also contribute to physical symptoms such as skin disorders, IBS, headaches, and other bodily aches and pains.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help to tackle the root cause of stress and working on ways of managing it. It allows employees to identify the cause of why they feel stressed. Together, the counsellor and employee develop stress management techniques. This helps get your employees back to their full working potential.
Talking is a tried and tested method of overcoming stress, anxiety or depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) offers employees an outlet for negative thoughts or feelings. This can reduce stress as well as maintain their mental health.
- Reduce mental health-related sickness and absence by as much as 45%
- Reduce staff turnover by as much as 18%
- Boost productivity by as much as 8%
- Reduce costs and expenses by as much as 30%
- Increase in employee self-confidence
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Stress and anger management counselling
Stress often leads to anger and frustration. Those who find it difficult to cope with anger issues struggle with stress more than others. Therefore, professionals will combine stress management counselling with anger management.
Uncontrolled anger and passive-aggressive behaviour in the workplace can lead to negative effects. This includes reduced collaborative productivity.
Naturally, you want your employees to all work together in harmony. If employees cannot control their anger problems, they become a disruption.
Counselling for stress at work allows employees to handle pressures better and avoid any anger issues.
What the employee assistance programme offers
The Health Assured employee assistance programme is the UK and Ireland’s largest award-winning EAP, giving caring and compassionate support to more than 10 million people.
The first time an employee calls up, one of our qualified counsellors will assess them over the phone. Our counsellors will target what they need and match them with their ideal counsellor. For example, employees may be unaware they need both anxiety and depression therapy to help with stress. Our assessment can pair them with someone who can help with all issues.
First, there will be an appointment with the designated counsellor. Together they will develop rapport and a plan. This can be a mix of psychotherapy and counselling for stress. CBT and other therapies may also be useful alongside counselling.
Here at Health Assured, our goal is to get employees healthy and back to work as soon as possible. We use short-term, solution-based counselling. Each counselling service is regular, intensive and effective. This includes our CBT counselling online services, telephone services, and in-person sessions.
The sessions are solution-based, so the counsellor and employee will discuss the progress they have made together. They will then recap any tools they’ve gained to help cope with their issues. This allows the employee to see clear progress and help them cope better with stress or anger in the future.
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Counselling techniques for stress
Talking about emotions is difficult, therefore an impartial counsellor can be helpful. During talking therapy, a trained counsellor or therapist listens to your employees. They help your employees find their own answers to problems, without judgment.
Counselling aims to help with understanding the issues that are affecting your employee. Their role is to listen, provide feedback, and work with them to develop strategies to cope.
Stress can sometimes come from other mental health conditions. These include anxiety or depression, so counselling will help identify these issues.
This gives employees the tools to cope with problems and feel happier. This leads to a more productive and engaged employee. Some techniques a counsellor may use are:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)