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22 Jul

Supervision for Counsellors Dublin

Supervision for counsellors Dublin

Supervision for counsellors helps develop their skills as a therapist as well as protecting them from the emotional impact of their work. A counsellor literally is their work so developing and protecting themselves is key.

The fundamental task of counsellor supervision, according to Patrick Casement, is the development of the internal supervisor within the supervisee. He describes it:

Spontaneous reflection

“Therapists need to acquire their own capacity for spontaneous reflection within the session…They can thus learn to watch themselves as well as the patient…(from) the mental space within which the internal supervisor can begin to operate…I believe that the process of supervision should develop into a dialogue between the external supervisor and the internal supervisor. It is through this that therapists develop the more autonomous functioning expected of them.”

In this way, the supervisee develops the self awareness around their own work both to enhance their skill and to register the emotional impact a client is having on them.

Burnout

Supervision for counsellors is a space to process the feelings left in them from their clients as well as seeing what it triggered in them personally. Doing this protects the counsellor from burnout and stress. Burnout comes from being overloaded and can lead to ‘compassion fatigue’. So counsellor supervision is a restorative process to replenish emotional energy through debriefing and emotional containment.

Supervision for Counsellors Dublin

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

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20 Jul

Employee Absenteeism Dublin

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Employee absenteeism in Dublin and Ireland costs small business €2million per day, according to Small Firms Association (SFA) executive Alan Sherlock.

Four million working days are lost in Ireland per year, costing business €490million annually.

The SFA Absenteeism Report 2014 shows the biggest causes of workplace absenteeism is back pain, anxiety/depression and stress.

Back pain accounts for 14.2% of employee absenteeism, anxiety and depression accounts for 13% of absences, and stress nearly 7.5%. On top of this, ‘nervous debility’, or anxiety in another form, and bereavement causes another 3.6% of absence.

Sick notes

“Back pain/injury and anxiety/depression are the most commonly cited reasons for absence on medical certs”, stated Mr Sherlock.

And, with regard to costs, Mr Sherlock adds: “When you include additional direct costs, such as replacing staff, paying overtime and medical referrals, and indirect costs, such as loss of productivity and the time spent managing absence, the overall cost is close to €1 billion.”

My view

The main stressors are all mental health based, including back pain, which in my view, is stress and anxiety somatised. That is, the emotional strain is registering in the body. When stress and anxiety is sustained over too long a period, the body absorbs what the mind can’t process and, traditionally, it registers in the back. This truth is even in our language, when we talk about ‘back breaking work’ or ‘I broke the back of that problem’.

Workplace absenteeism, in my view, can also be from unresolved conflict within the organisation. If employees feel disillusioned or defeated, they can ‘act out’ their defiance by their absence which, in the end, is an attack on the company.

Employee absenteeism Dublin

Psychotherapy/Counselling deployed in your company is an ideal way to address these underlying issues, freeing up employees to be more present and motivated at work.

Employees recognise this as 76% of Dublin workers feel there is a need for counselling in the workplace. (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, IACP, survey 2013)

Counselling Service

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 I can offer your workplace, please see https://thomaslarkin.ie/corporate-counselling-dublin/

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

 

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15 Jul

Employee Motivation Dublin

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A third of people struggle to cope at work because of stress, depression or burn out, according to a survey by the Depression Alliance UK. And, until now, the stigma of mental health and the cost of providing support has been stopping employers from addressing the issue.

The London City Mental Health Alliance, a coalition of City of London-based businesses – including KPMG, Deloitte and Bank of America – was launched last year to break down this stigma and create a culture where mental wellbeing is nurtured as part of good business practice.

This is seen as a major step forward in employers tackling the 360 degree view of employee motivation in the workplace. Employers are not responsible for their employees but if underlying problems are ignored it will impact the business.

Cost to business

Across Europe, mental health problems cost workplaces £77 billion annually, with the greatest economic loss coming through absenteeism and lost productivity, according to a recent report by the London School of Economics (LSE).

And this is happening in the next generation of Irish employees. Research by Gradireland, which offers career advice to Irish graduates, reported that about 25% of employers said their graduates lacked confidence.

“It is worrying there is still a major stigma associated with depression and many employers are not dealing with it adequately,” said LSE’s Professor Martin Knapp.

Employee motivation Dublin

Dublin employers need to learn from the likes of KPMG and Bank of America in pro-actively looking after their employees, especially as another positive business cycle is on the way.

Psychotherapy/counselling is the proven way to address underlying professional and personal issues, freeing up employees to be more present and motivated at work, boosting workplace morale.

Employees recognise this as 76% of Dublin workers feel there is a need for counselling in the workplace. (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, IACP, survey 2013)

Counselling Service

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

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

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

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07 Jul

High Staff Turnover Dublin

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Almost three in five Irish employees say they will change jobs in the next year, according to a survey by Irish recruiting firm Hays Ireland.

In a poll of nearly 3,000 Irish employers and employees, the main drivers for this is salary, perceived lack of career progression and a loss of work-life balance.

Work-life package

Hays Ireland managing director Richard Eardley said that in an increasingly competitive employment market, businesses must emphasize the overall “work-life package” over traditional benefits to attract candidates.

“Now, employees are increasingly prioritising jobs that cater to a better work-life balance in addition to an attractive salary.” Mr Eardley said.

This was mirrored in a survey of a thousand employees by DoneDeal, showing money, location and work-life balance as the key issues in the jobs market.

Men and women

It found that men are more likely to cite pay than women (55% v 38%), while more women place their main emphasis on a work/life balance than men (20% v 15%).

The majority of workers applying for other jobs, 57%, were not happy in their current roles and never felt valued in the workplace.

And of the 25% of employees who were not job hunting, almost half always felt valued at work.

High Staff Turnover Dublin

Attracting and retaining employees is more important as Dublin moves back to full employment. The above research shows that employee loyalty increases with good work-life balance, especially for women, and when they feel valued at work.

Psychotherapy/counselling is an ideal provision in the workplace for this issue. As staff and management process both work and personal problems, it frees them up to be more present and motivated at work.

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

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 I can offer your workplace, please see https://thomaslarkin.ie/corporate-counselling-dublin/

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

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