Many private clients arrive at my door because they are overwhelmed by their responsibilities at work and at home. They come because they have IBS, relationship problems, panic attacks or insomnia, the list of symptoms is extensive, but the common underlying denominator is almost always stress. We all know that if a high level of stress continues, it leads to more serious consequences that can affect mental and physical health.
Others come because they want to stop the bad habits they have adopted to cope with stress, such as smoking, drinking and comfort eating. These habits have usually begun to have an impact on their lives, and a feeling of not being in control persists, reinforcing the stress and therefore the negative behaviours.
Of course, pressure in the workplace is unavoidable and we all need healthy stress, it is a great motivator, but my clients have gotten beyond that stage. They have tried various methods to cope and they come to me as a last resort, often citing that they are feeling overwhelmed. I believe that it would be better if employers could get to the root cause of the problem before it gets too serious so I have developed a series of group hypnotherapy sessions, delivered in the workplace, to show people that there is an alternative way to manage their stress and anxiety. There is no group work or team building involved, each individual has their own personal experience. This provides people with a new, alternative way to approach problems and is perhaps something they have never considered before.
One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point and according to the Health and Safety Executive 15.4 million working days were lost in 2017/18 because of work-related stress, depression or anxiety. So, if stress is one of the biggest hazards in the workplace, employers have to continuously be aware of what mechanisms they can put in place to ease the situation not only for the health and wellbeing of staff but to increase production, staff retention and to lower unnecessary costs.
When it comes down to it, most people just want to feel valued and appreciated at work. Group hypnotherapy in the workplace is something different, cost effective and is an effectual way to combat stress. It shows your employees that you value them and could potentially improve their lives dramatically.
If you want to read more about the workshops I provide, please see my group sessions page on the website.