In an article in The Telegraph on 1st November 2018, about the increase in numbers of new or long-standing cases of stress; anxiety or depression amongst employees in the UK, they stated that there were almost 600,000 new or long standing cases documented in 2017/18.
The article states that such conditions account for 57% of all working days lost to ill-health in the UK. This is costing employers huge sums of money, not only in lost productivity, but also in valuable expertise from those unable to perform their duties due to these stress-related conditions.
In the article they also state that:-
Although a new 24-hour mental health hotline was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond as part of Monday’s Autumn Budget along with funding for a new mental health service, there are growing calls for employers to do more.
The article goes onto quote the General Secretary of the Trad Union Congress (TUC):-
Frances O'Grady said: "Work-related stress is a growing epidemic, it's time employers and the Government took it more seriously. Warm words are not going to fix this problem, managers need to do far more to reduce the causes of stress and support employees struggling to cope. This means tackling issues like excessive workloads and bullying in the office, toxic workplaces are bad for staff and productivity."
In total, stress; anxiety and depression now make up 43.8% of all workplace illness, which is up hugely from 32% in 2001/02. And it is a rising problem.
Obi C Agor is a qualified “Person-Centred-Approach” Counsellor and, coupled with his expertise in Qigong, which is aimed at bringing the mind and body back into a state of equilibrium, he has enabled many individuals to return to a state of balance and personal power.
As Obi says:-
“We continue to grow when we take time to find stillness. This then enables us to not only begin to hear our own inner wisdom once more, but also be able to take the gentle guidance of a competent and empathetic counsellor. By availing your staff or yourself of the Person-Centred Approach service we offer, (where you voice is heard with minimal intervention), you can discover that - often - a dedicated listening ear is all you need to address issues that you really have the answers to already: inside, waiting to be expressed during these valuable and powerful sessions.”
What is the Person-Centred Approach?
The Person-Centred Approach developed from the work of the psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers (1902 – 1987). He advanced an approach to psychotherapy and counselling that, at the time (1940s – 1960s), was considered extremely radical if not revolutionary.
Originally described as non-directive, this therapy moved away from the idea that the therapist was the expert and towards a theory that trusted the innate tendency (known as the actualising tendency) of human beings to find fulfilment of their personal potentials. An important part of this theory is that in a particular psychological environment, the fulfilment of personal potentials includes sociability, the need to be with other human beings and a desire to know and be known by other people. It also includes being open to experience, being trusting and trustworthy, being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate.
The psychological environment described by Rogers was one where a person felt free from threat, both physically and psychologically. This environment could be achieved when being in a relationship with a person who was deeply understanding (empathic), accepting (having unconditional positive regard) and genuine (congruent).
Although initially developed as an approach to psychotherapy (eventually becoming known as client/person-centred therapy/counselling), Rogers and his colleagues came to believe that their ideas could be transferred to other areas where people were in relationships. For example teaching, management, childcare, patient care, conflict resolution.
Today there are many people who, although not working as psychotherapists and counsellors, use the work of Rogers as guiding principles in their day-to-day work and relationships.
At one level, Rogers' theory and work is very simple to describe. As many people would attest, both those using the approach and those working as person-therapists/counsellors, it can be very difficult to put into practice because the approach does not use techniques but relies on the personal qualities of the therapist/person to build a non-judgemental and empathic relationship.
So, we bring you and your staff the opportunity to transmute your relationships and inner limitations: turn dreams into reality by being generous; trusting the process and learn how to rebuild your individual and collective self-belief.
We find that combining this uniquely powerful kind of Counselling with regular Qigong; Meditation; Ayurveda (which was the founding Science behind all these modalities) and Sound Therapy sessions or group workshops best enables stressed; anxious or depressed individuals to come truly back into a place of balance. We have also found that when we combine these modalities with Emily's range of Bespoke Energy Creams; Sprays and Drops, (where individuals choose exactly which range they need at that particular time) that - as these products work on multiple levels: physically; emotionally; mentally and spiritually - they play their part in enabling the individual to return to a place of balance and wellness. Two of the products which are used in individual and group sessions are her Clearance & Protection Spray in conjunction with her Sacred Love Spray. These two powerful Gem and Flower Essence-based products were created intuitively by Emily and contain special blends of specific essential oils designed to bring clarity; balance and upliftment to a person's mood and mindset. The first clears away all negative energies from around and within people's energy fields and the second - made with a combination of Rose; Geranium and Ylang Ylang - immediately brings a sense of calm; joy and focus to the mind.: Perfect for use in a Counselling Session.
The positive effects of this are that this multiple-level approach enables them to not only heal from their psychological stress/anxiety/depression state but also work more effectively and efficiently. It also gives them the tools to grow in self-confidence and self-power, leading to win-win situations for both them as individuals as well as the company as a whole.
This is why we created our Unique Workplace Wellness Programmes so that they can be tailored exactly to everyone’s needs: employer and employees alike.