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16 May

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD Dublin

Obsessive compulsive disorder ocd dublin

Obsessive compulsive disorder OCD Dublin: OCD is about one thing – anxiety.

It is also displaced anxiety. Displacement is a defence mechanism where, not wanting to experience our original reason for being anxious, we substitute some other object or action. We don’t even do this consciously.

This is how someone who is very anxious could end up putting all their energy into cleaning. Obsessive cleaning is someone’s way of acknowledging that something needs to be cleaned up but it is actually the unfinished business of the original anxiety that needs to be cleaned out.

It snowballs…

So, no matter how much someone cleans, the original anxiety remains. Not only that, it gets worse with time. It snowballs as it’s being neglected. All the energy goes into cleaning, which is the classic displacement, and none goes into healing the original reason for the anxiety.

The cleaning gets more and more frantic with time as the original reason for the anxiety gets more and more neglected, like a wound that becomes infected.

So much time has passed, it can be we have forgotten the original reason for the anxiety. We have lost track of ourselves and, from this, people can often feel lost in their lives.

Obsessive compulsive disorder ocd Dublin

Psychotherapy/counselling is particularly effective for obsessive compulsive disorder ocd. In our sessions we would track back to the original anxiety and begin to give it a voice.

As the anxiety finds its voice, the anxiety itself goes down as it is finally getting the attention it needs. The anxious part of us finally feels safe enough to look at why he/she is anxious and, often times, it is never as bad as originally thought.

What made it worse was the ignoring of it.

Try psychotherapy/counselling for obsessive compulsive disorder ocd in Dublin today.

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04 Feb

Psycho Therapy

Psycho therapy

Counselling and psychotherapy and CBT are meant to help us develop an inner clarity so we can develop our lives from it. Great! First problem with accessing it is, how the hell do you spell it? For something that’s about clarity there are so many ways of mis-spelling what it is. Mis-spellings, I might add, which are my own.

Counsellor?

In my own search for a counsellor, I have looked for a ‘counseller’, a ‘counseler’, and some ‘counselors’. It’s just one of those really awkward words, lots of ‘L’, and ‘e’ and ‘o’.

The extension of that, counselling, is just as bad as I searched for ‘counseling services’, and ‘councelling’, and ‘councilling’. There are so many ways of getting this word wrong.

Psychotherapy has the unfortunate, and natural similarity, to ‘psycho therapy’ which does not invite trust in the profession, or the easy to make ‘physcotherapy’. Lots of ‘s’ and ‘y’ and where do they fit?

CBT anyone?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is not much better. I have searched for ‘cognative’ and ‘cognetive’ – all a confusing mix of ‘a’ and ‘e’ and ‘i’; but behavioural is bewildering as in ‘behavioral’, ‘behaviourial’, ‘behavioral’, ‘behavour’, ‘behavoral’, a heady mix of ‘o’ and ‘u’ and ‘I’.

If you are looking for therapy, the first step is to get a Thesaurus – I had to spell check that too…

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24 Nov

Anxiety Counselling Dublin

anxiety counselling dublinThe experience of anxiety can be summed up in one word: Overwhelmed.

Either the experience is too big to process or our ability to cope with the experience is impaired. Either way, the experience stays with us and remains unprocessed. It takes mental energy to keep this experience unprocessed and the longer we have it, the more energy we use to keep it unprocessed. As time goes by, it gets heavier and heavier and we become overwhelmed. This leaves us with less and less energy for our present life. From this, we can withdraw further and further from our life.

Anxiety counselling is designed to help us process what was too big to process, freeing us up, reclaiming our energy, and enabling us to participate more fully in our lives. Anxiety counselling will also strengthen us, repairing our ability to cope with anxious situations and thus being able to process experience as it happens so we are not left carrying it in our lives.

Anxiety and depression

When we are overwhelmed for too long, the unprocessed experiences get heavier and heavier until, like a house overflowing with clutter, we collapse into depression.

We then experience anxiety from the inside. We are anxious of the unprocessed experiences within us. Clients sometimes say ‘I am anxious but there is nothing to be anxious of’. There is nothing to be anxious of externally, we are now anxious of what’s inside. And then we become anxious of the anxiety itself and so it spirals.

Anxiety Counselling Dublin

Like a horror film, the anticipation is the most frightening thing. When the monster actually appears it’s less frightening. Anxiety counselling helps us process our fears and, in my experience, the real experience of our anxiety is NEVER as bad as you imagine, anticipate or expect. But processing our fears actually reduces anxiety and boosts confidence.

Try anxiety counselling in Dublin today.

 

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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

employee motivation

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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13 May

Workplace Wellbeing Dublin

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70% of US employees do not feel “engaged” at work according to a 2013 Gallup poll. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, a firm working with Fortune 500 companies to improve employee morale and performance, says this workplace phenomenon is happening across the globe.

He says employees are demoralized and discouraged because their four core needs are not being met:

  • Physical – “opportunities to recharge at work”;
  • Mental – “being able to focus on the most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done”;
  • Emotional – “feeling valued for their contributions”;
  • Spiritual – “doing what they enjoy most and feeling connected to a higher purpose at work”.

Conscious Capitalism

New York-based Schwartz, whose clients include Google, Facebook, Coke, eBay and Nestle, says “we need a conscious kind of capitalism.”

Schwartz applies the lessons he teaches to his own company: employees work in 90 minute intense periods then take a break and don’t answer emails in the evenings or weekends.

Profits Doubled

“The best way to produce is to not work continuously. You’ll get more done in less time in a sustainable way. When employers meet those core needs, employees perform better for longer and more happily. (And) we’ve doubled our profits for four years consecutively,” he says.

Workplace Wellbeing Dublin

Workplace wellbeing in Dublin can learn this lesson: If core needs are not met, employee disengagement, either through lower productivity or absenteeism, will undermine the company. Sustainable work practices and optimal personal support will provide the win-win for both employee wellness and the company’s profits.

Employees see counselling/psychotherapy as the key provision for employee 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 that I can offer to assist your workplace wellness, 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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