Helping the Helper
I am interested in offering workshops that support the resilience of fellow therapists. One of the six principles of the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions is self-respect: fostering the practitioner’s self-knowledge, integrity and care for self. One of the values is increasing personal resilience and effectiveness. Having worked as a Counsellor in the NHS for 9 years and Kent Police for 3 years, I am aware of the pressures and challenges that these organisations bring to the role of counsellor and psychological therapist. I am also aware of the isolation that private practice can bring, having spent over two years solely in private practice. Hence my plan is to offer regular workshops to therapists who would like the opportunity to de-stress and connect with like-minded fellow therapists in a relaxed and supportive environment. Among other possibilities, I plan to offer mindfulness workshops, forest bathing workshops (click here for more information) and a group EMDR process that can help you to declutter work and/or personal stress.
If you would like to register your interest in forthcoming developments in this programme please contact me either by email click here, or by telephone on 01580 714255, and I will place you on the mailing list for updates.
Research on the Wellbeing of Mental Health Workers and Psychological Therapists
Research by The British Psychological Society and New Savoy Partnership showed levels of depression in mental health workers rising from 40 per cent to 46 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while in a 2017 study Psychological Therapists working for the NHS show they are feeling the strain of high demand, time limits, targets and telephone work. In this study 'Predictors of emotional exhaustion, disengagement and burnout among improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) practitioners' by Westwood, Morison, Allt & Holmes, the prevalence of burnout was found to be 68.6% among Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and 50.0% among High Intensity Therapists.