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31 Jan

Corporate Counselling Dublin

Corporate Counselling Dublin

Work needs to be ‘win-win’. If employees feel supported and well enough, employers get more from their workforce in a sustainable way and reach company goals.

The opposite also applies. Employee absenteeism, high staff turnover, low morale and motivation, conflict, bullying, sexual harassment and mis-managed organisational change can be silent killers in your company. They corrode productivity, push up business costs – especially in terms of lost time – and undermine profitability and company reputation.

Research in Irish Companies

Research among Irish employers backs this up. 90% of Irish employers say that employee health and wellbeing have a direct effect on productivity. (Aviva Workplace Health Index, AWHI, 2013)

And 80% of Irish employers feel that workplace health initiatives have many benefits such as attracting and retaining talent, and increasing loyalty. (AWHI, 2013)

Research among Irish employees matches the above. 80% of Irish employees say they would be more loyal to an employer if they looked after their health. (AWHI, 2013)

And these employees see counselling/psychotherapy as the key provision for health maintenance. 76% of Dublin workers feel there is a need for counselling in the workplace. (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, IACP, survey 2013)

Research on the Irish workplace

The top four health problems experienced in the Irish workplace today are stress and anxiety (55%), fatigue (52%), back and neck pain (32%) and colds (32%). (AWHI, 2013)

So stress and anxiety is the top problem in the Irish workplace. And, for me, stress and anxiety cause the other three problems. It depletes the immune system leading to fatigue and colds and the body tenses to hold itself together but this leads to pain.

Other research verifies this. 41 per cent of people are currently stressed or very stressed by their jobs – making work more stressful than money worries, marriage, relationships or health issues. (Mind, 2011)

Corporate Counselling Dublin

Stress and anxiety are silent killers in any company or corporation. On the one hand, employers are not the parent of their employees and solely responsible for their health but, on the other hand, if the problem is ignored, it can be undermining your business today.

Psychotherapy/counselling deals with the roots of stress and anxiety rather than just the symptoms. Providing training days on stress management or a yoga class for your workplace is like a wave on an ocean, it comes and goes but nothing really changes. Psychotherapy/counseling is about looking at the currents that influence the whole ocean, so the whole company moves forward.

Either on site or externally, I can provide cost effective counselling to both staff and management in the Dublin area.

For a wider description of the psychological services that I can offer your workplace, please see https://thomaslarkin.ie/corporate-counselling-dublin/

Or call me today to see how counselling/psychotherapy can work for your business.

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27 Jan

Psychotherapy Supervision: How it Works

Psychotherapy Supervision

Who Needs Psychotherapy Supervision?

Psychotherapy supervision is for accredited counsellors and psychotherapists, pre-accredited therapists and students undergoing training courses in professional counselling and psychotherapy.


The primary goal of psychotherapy supervision is to enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy/counselling through the growth of the therapist and the development of their skills.

Psychotherapy supervision also protects against burnout and stress. Burnout comes from being overloaded and the onset of ‘compassion fatigue’. So psychotherapy supervision is a restorative process to replenish emotional energy through debriefing and emotional containment. It is a space to discuss difficulties, both the supervisees’ and their clients, without fear of disapproval or judgement.

Supervisee’s job…

Like with a client, ground rules are established and lines of responsibility clarified regarding how a supervisee prepares for a session; ensure client needs are addressed and to recognise when personal issues are intruding on the work.

Supervisor’s job…

The supervisor’s job is to create a space that will enable the supervisee to find their own style of being a therapist. The space is the heart of the process that helps the supervisee gain insight and find their own solutions and explore the unknown. A space to explore fantasies, hunches and feelings. This allows the supervisee step back from their work and see the themes. It also allows them to move between experiencing and reflecting.

Most importantly, supervisor and supervisee look at the ‘parallel process’: where the relationship dynamics between client and therapist appear in the supervision room. The supervisee literally, but unconsciously, acts like the client to show the supervisor what is happening in the relationship. The origin of this is from our own childhood and mimicry at play. It is the supervisee’s out of character behaviour that really shows who the client is.

This process externalises the client for the supervisee and he/she can look at the client with fresh eyes and a sense of where the therapeutic relationship needs to go.


All parts of this psychotherapy supervision process are regularly reviewed so a clear development is maintained. Mutual feedback is encouraged as well as a look at strengths and weaknesses on all sides, including the supervisor.

For a wider description of how therapist supervision works, and to see my own availability for supervision, check out http://www.thomaslarkin.ie/counselling-supervision-dublin/

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