Hunts and Cambs 01223 233047
Peterborough 01733 553166

Hunts and Cambs 01223 233047
Peterborough 01733 553166

Workplace Wellbeing makes commercial sense!

It's official - workplace wellbeing makes commercial sense!

A recent study by the World Economic Forum, resulting in their Global Agenda on Mental Health 2014-2016, concludes that a mental health issue is not a lack of morality or of weakness, and outlines how organisations benefit both financially and in terms of economic engagement and motivation when practical steps are taken to support staff through difficulties and proactive measures are implemented to improve staff mental health awareness.

For many years, employers have acknowledged the benefits of promoting good physical health to their workforce, but increasingly, mental health is starting to appear on the agenda.  It's easy to see the effect on work colleagues when someone comes into the office in a bad mood, but it's perhaps less obvious when a colleague is experiencing a slow and gradual decline into a state of depression.

However, the effects are real - not only on the individual concerned, but also on their colleagues; in terms of feelings of impotence (not knowing how to help), of guilt (not being able to help), of anger (if their workload increases because of someone else's lack of productivity or their absence) and in terms of general distraction.  To address these issues, not only benefits not only benefits the affected individual and their line manager, but also all of their colleagues, and potentially, the profitability of the business.

For the small investment of only £50 per counselling session, an employer could avoid weeks of paid absence.

For a one-off fee of £450, a group of staff could learn about the most common mental health problems, how to identify if they are a colleague might be suffering from one of them, and most importantly, action they can take to reduce the effects of and manage such conditions or how to help a colleague in distress.

To find out how CCC can help your business, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Panic Attacks - how to cope

What is a panic attack?

When a person is overcome with fear or anxiety and is suddenly unable to function as they usually do, this is called a panic attack. 

There are a number of psychological and physical symptoms, which may affect breathing and make you feel as though your life is in danger or that you are unable to cope.  However, do not despair, as a number of treatments and coping mechanisms are available.

Why do they occur?

 A panic attack may be a regular event for some people who have specific triggers, such as extreme stress, enforced change or social phobias.  People who are generally anxious are more susceptible to panic attacks and a propensity to anxiety can often run in families, but others who have never had psychological challenges may also experience a panic attack.  Major life events, such as bereavement, divorce, redundancy, marriage, and debt can trigger panic attacks in otherwise mentally healthy individuals.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Panic and a feeling of loss of control
  • Shortness of breath or tightness in the chest
  • Heart palpitations or racing pulse
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest or left arm
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Sweating and/or shivering
  • A feeling of choking
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Insomnia or abrupt awakening from sleep in a distressed state
  • Feeling detatched from everything going on around you, perhaps as though you are looking down on yourself from outside of your body

Some of these symptoms can be so severe that the person believes they may be having a heart attack.  If you do not suffer from panic attacks on a regular basis and are able to recognise your personal symptoms, it is important to ensure that a medical professional examines you in cases of chest pain or shortness of breath to rule out the possibility of a more severe medical problem.

 

What can I do to treat a panic attack?

  • Although in severe cases, medication can help, it is much more beneficial when combined with relaxation techniques, counselling and lifestyle changes.  Medication can also have side effects which may increase anxiety levels in some cases.

 

  • Identify your triggers and confront your fears - once you know what they are, you may choose to avoid your triggers (such as using alternative means of travel is your fear is of flying) but if this seriously impacts on your life, then other approaches will need to be considered.  Counselling could help you to identify your triggers.

 

  • Accept that a certain level of stress or apprehension is normal  and a healthy response to dangerous situations.  Learn about your trigger.  Establish the facts about the level of risk.  Try to rationalise whether the danger is real or imaginary.  Sometimes gaining more knowledge about something reduces the fear of it.  Exposure therapy may be useful, but in a controlled environment with a trained professional.

 

  • Avoid stimulants - as well as caffeine and illegal drugs, stimulants are often found in other foods and medicines; for example coffee, tea, chocolate or non-drowsy medication.  Although you may feel that smoking alleviates the symptoms of a panic attack, as soon as the cigarette is finished, anxiety levels will rise, usally to levels higher than before the cigarette.  Smoking also seriously damages all areas of your health.

 

  • Learn how to control your breathing - Many of the symptoms of a panic attack are accentuated by the lack of oxygen in your system.  Therefore, if you learn to breathe deeply and slowly, you can often prevent the attack from happening when you start to recognise the first symptom.  Breathing helps to reduce other symptoms of fear.

 

  • Master relaxation techniques - When practised regularly, yoga, meditation and mindfulness can counteract the body's responses to stress, both during a panic attack and in helping to prevent them.  Most people can learn to reprogram their neurological pathways in under thirty days of regular practice.  Make time in your daily routine to form new habits and adjust your ways of thinking. 

 

Above all, know that you are not alone, and if you are unable to overcome your feelings of anxiety, contact a counsellor for help.

 

For further information about how CCC can help you to manage panic attacks, contact your nearest reception

Hunts and Cambs      01223 233047                Peterborough      01733 553166

 

 

 

 

 

Client Survey Results 2016

According to the most recent survey of those who received counselling support from Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling in 2016, yet again, clients have been pleased with the service they have received.  Clients were asked to respond anonymously to questions about their counsellor and how they had helped them to address their problems.  The survey asked clients to rate their experience in terms of:

  • the arrangements and how quickly they were seen by a counsellor after their initial contact with CCC
  • how comfortable they felt with their counsellor and how well their issues were understood
  • whether the client had understood their situation better after the counselling sessions
  • whether the client was able to make positive changes to their situation after the counselling sessions

95% of CCC clients were satisfied, very satisfied or completely satisfied with their counselling

In fact 92% of all those who responded said that they were either very satisfied or completely satisfied with the service they received.  This represents a consistently outstanding service over many years as CCC has been providing counselling in the region since 1978. 

 

Clients were also invited to comment freely about the service and care they received.  Here are just a few:

 "I highly recommend this counsellor - exceptional!"

"Huge difference to feel that someone was on my side for guidance.  Would recommend this service as the light in the tunnel is back on"

"Cannot praise the counselling enough.  Just being given the space to reflect on my position and positive input is really appreciated.  Thank you."

"My counsellor was professional, approachable and very skilled.  I felt listened to, understood and it helped me to understand myself and make change possible."

"Despite going through a very difficult time, I found it easy to open up.  My counsellor helped me to see things more clearly and supported me in going back to work.  It was a really good and helpful experience."

 

All of the above comments came from clients whose employer had funded their counselling sessions as part of their staff wellbeing responsibility.  Investing in counselling support for your staff reduces employee absence and strengthens company loyalty as well as providing a personal benefit to your team. 

 

If your organisation would like to support your workforce, contact our Business Development Manager

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 07906 878488

In these challenging times, when many people feel under excessive pressure at work and in their home lives, it is essential that people feel able to talk to someone, who will help them to put their issues into perspective and give them the tools and confidence to make positive changes to improve their situations.  CCC has worked with people in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas for nearly 40 years to enrich the lives of others, providing much needed support, either through their employer, or directly as a private client. 

 

If you are an individual looking for support with any personal or work-related challenges, contact your nearest reception:

Cambridge - 01223 233047      or       Peterborough - 01733 553166

 

 If you are a qualified counsellor who would like to become a member and help CCC to continue to provide excellent support, we welcome you. 

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