If you’re a small business owner or manager in Portsmouth, then the mental health and wellbeing of your staff will be very important to you – after all, people who feel happy and engaged at work are more productive and less likely to move on to pastures new. As a good employer, you’ll want to do your best for them.

Mental health problems take their toll on businesses like yours in many different ways; not least through lost revenue, human misery and staff turnover. And it’s not always workplace stress that’s the cause of it; problems at home – such as relationship breakdown, bereavement, money worries, substance misuse, domestic abuse etc – can also mean people struggling to manage in the workplace.

Improving mental health and wellbeing at work

In 2017 the government published the Thriving at Work mental health standards for employers of all sizes. Whilst not mandatory, the standards urge businesses to put in place a formal, written policy on how they will support and promote the good mental health of their employees. These plans don’t have to be complex or expensive to implement; rather they need to show that you’re considering the welfare of your employees and putting in place some practical ways in which you’ll support them.

How I can help

I can help you meet your Thriving at Work criteria by:

  • Giving talks on ‘how to be mentally healthy’ to you and your team.
  • Providing short term (4 – 6 sessions) confidential counselling to staff members funded in part or in full by you as the employer.
  • Working with you to develop and write your Thriving at Work policy, including signposting to other sources of information and support.

When you have a Thriving at Work policy in place, you’ll be following best practice for employers, showing your staff that their mental wellbeing matters to you; you’ll have employees who feel supported and better informed about mental health and wellbeing and how to achieve it; and you’ll have access to experienced, professional and independent counselling support for your team.

Why choose me?

I’ve worked as an affiliate counsellor for a large insurance-based provider for the last 8 years, catering for medium to large businesses who pay an ongoing monthly subscription fee (unlike the service I provide which has no such fee). This has given me valuable experience in working short term with clients on issues which are impacting their performance at work.

I’m in my 15th year of running a successful private counselling practice in Portsmouth and co-founded the Marple Cross Centre in the city which provided a range of therapies to local people. I’ve also worked with local businesses to provide short term counselling support to their employees, a model that can bring lasting positive change in just a few sessions.

How much does it cost?

Counselling sessions cost £50 for 50 minutes. There are different ways of organising this. You may:

  • Decide to set aside a portion of your budget to fund a set number of employee counselling sessions on a first come, first served basis.
  • Choose to offer a set number of sessions to each employee should they need it up to a maximum of, say, 6 in any given year.
  • Decide to subsidise a set number of sessions with the balance paid by your member of staff.

We would of course discuss arrangements beforehand and agree terms in writing. There is no ongoing subscription fee for the service I provide.

Talks and workshops cost £175 for a 2-hour session delivered either remotely via Zoom or in person. I charge travel expenses for in person workshops. Both options include provision of worksheets and other resources.

Developing and writing your Thriving at Work policy is a bespoke option and costed individually depending on how much research and content creation you’d expect me to do. For a fully researched and scratch-written policy with signposting to sources of information and advice, I would charge in the region of £750-£900; however if you simply wanted me to review and tweak an existing policy, the fee would be around £125.

How to get in touch

If you’d like to discuss how I might be able to help you and your business, please do drop me a line. It’s a difficult time for very many people at the moment; if you’d like to do your bit for your people and our community by improving access to local mental health support, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Take good care