Work related stress, anxiety and depression are now the single largest cause of all UK employee absence, as well as contributing to secondary problems with employee performance, behaviour and capability. According to the latest figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), 43% of all absences in 2014/15 were due to problems with work related stress, anxiety or depression. The Work Foundation also estimated in its 2010 report, that the cost of Presenteeism, (employees attending work whilst experiencing illness), was calculated at 1.5 times the cost of employee absence. Paradoxically,
the signs of work related stress such as difficulty concentrating, irritability, tiredness, loss of confidence, aggression and defensive behaviours, were traditionally viewed as a personal weakness or vulnerability, rather than early indicators of the stress threshold or other psychological health problems.
These attitudes have progressively changed and work related stress and other psychological problems now form an important part of the strategic HR and employee wellbeing agenda.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the Workplace
Building on the strong body of research evidence demonstrating how effective CBT is in the treatment of anxiety and depression, CBT has now found its way into the workplace. The cross over between work related stress and wider psychological health problems, the importance of cognitive and behavioural factors in determining effective performance, the links to emotional intelligence and the primacy of employee health and wellbeing, have all contributed to the increased use of CBT based interventions over other passive forms of counselling or therapy at work.
Key factors in the transfer of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the clinic to the workplace have been its clear focus on SMART goals and outcomes, use of practical problem solving techniques, orientation towards change and adaptation, collaborative learning style and demonstrable success rates.
Why Choose Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
CBT has been shown to provide a highly effective psychological approach for
identifying, assessing and altering the factors that impede individual performance, limit future potential and undermine employee health and wellbeing at work.
The research evidence consistently demonstrates that CBT is highly effective in the treatment of a wide range of psychological problems including stress, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, chronic exhaustion and anger. The research shows that CBT is more effective than other forms of therapy or counselling, matching or outperforming antidepressant medications for anxiety and depression related problems.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, CBT is “The most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression,” “It i as effective as anti-depressant medication” and “It is one of the most effective treatments where anxiety and depression is the main problem."
CBT is endorsed by the Department of Health, National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), British Psychological Society, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of General Practitioners and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
At Think CBT we work with individuals and businesses to provide evidence based psychological assessments, therapy plans and direct support for work related stress and other psychological problems.
We specialise in the development of focused treatment plans covering acute and chronic stress, psychological health conditions, post-accident recovery and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
We have significant experience and expertise in both the clinical and occupational fields and our Consultant Psychologists and Psychotherapists have extensive experience of working within a structured business context. All of our practitioners are fully qualified and Accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), which is the lead professional body for CBT in the UK. We are also qualified to the
advanced level in the provision of EMDR in the treatment of trauma related
In addition to working on a retained and Consultancy basis for businesses supporting employees, we also provide one-off psychological assessments, psychological reports, structured return to work plans, rehabilitation plans and therapy programmes. We operate across the UK and we can provide support on a flexible basis to meet the needs of the individual client.
The Stress, Anxiety & Depression Inventory provides a simple and fast confidential assessment that employees can take online, without the need to provide personal information. Please click on the link below to access this free assessment:
This could provide a helpful insight into the nature of the problem and the psychological factors that keep it going. HR and Occupational Health professionals can also access the internet's widest library of free psychological assessments by clicking on the green button at the top of this page. These self-assessments provide a helpful resource and can be taken without registering or providing personal information.
Think CBT is committed to providing access to affordable independent Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Our aim is to support tangible improvements in the psychological health and well being of our clients, contributing to better lives worth changing for.
There are many psychotherapists and counsellors offering cognitive behavioural therapy. Always ensure that your therapist is professionally accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).
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