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EMPLOYEE COUNSELLING

Workplace / Leadership counselling for CEO's, directors, managers, executives, staff and teams.

Kendal Therapy offers a UK wide service in the specialist field of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Kendal Therapy can help you fulfil employer's legal responsibility regarding duty of care to employees, increase staff retention, and strongly influence productivity and profits, measurable to the bottom line. From managing big picture organisational stress and wellbeing audits and surveys, to organising an indepth focus on an individual's work related or personal issues such as:


Personal matters - health, relationship, family, financial, emotional, legal, anxiety, alcohol, drugs and other related issues.
Work matters - work demands, fairness at work, working relationships, harassment and bullying, personal and interpersonal skills, work/life balance, stress, critical incident recovery and other related issues. 


Just get in touch to see how Kendal Therapy can help you with the mental health and wellbeing of your self or your employees.

£85.00 (per one hour session)

Reduced fees may be negotiated for short-term work, with charities and public sector organisations from £65.00. 

 
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EMPLOYEE COUNSELLING

Employee Counselling can often be an important first step for many employees and employers seeking support. One to one support gives individuals the opportunity to discuss and explore their problems in complete confidence with an experienced, empathic professional. In addition, the offer of counselling services to employees can help discharge the duty of care required by law of an organisation.


Counselling provides short-term solution-focused support to assist employees in identifying the problem and developing a practical plan of action for resolving it, and is used effectively to treat a wide range of occupational and domestic stress related issues, for example: financial problems, stress, racial & sexual harassment, bullying, redundancy, bereavement, domestic violence, mental health problems... 

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TEAM COUNSELLING

Team counselling in the workplace is different from training in many ways. The most important difference is that counselling is in tune with the group and takes place in the here and now. Rather than trying to impart knowledge, a good counsellor is able to help stimulate the knowledge and internal resources from within each participant which can then be shared and developed.


Counselling is ideal for helping teams deal with things that otherwise are tricky or usually create conflict, 'stuckness', reduce creativity or performance. Most often counselling is asked for when everything else has been tried already, when often, if it was adopted straight away the problems could have already been addressed and moved on from a lot earlier. A counsellor makes the difficult conversations easier and more productive and helps transfer the learning into everyday work life.

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LEADERSHIP COUNSELLING

Leadership counselling and coaching is for business owners, CEO's, executives, directors or managers. Leadership is demanding, and leaders often benefit from specialised support and education to meet the challenges they face. With the workforce continually changing, the demands of the public, and the personal stress of leadership, expert leadership counselling and coaching is called for. 
Leadership coaching can help leaders inspire and motivate the team while communicating with skill and authority.
Leadership coaching can address alternate ways of thinking and doing needed to move the organisation towards their goals.
Leadership counselling can be helpful to address the deeper issues that can block leadership success.
Leadership counselling can help you reflect on your identity and approach to leadership, your beliefs and values and thoughts about yourself and others. It can build your strengths and confidence and help you find new ways to address old problems, explore personal and home issues as they interplay in the role of leadership.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICES

Chris can set up and lead mental health services and can add specialist knowledge to organisations in the form of guest speaking, consultancy and training.

Guest speaking on workplace wellbeing and high performance at work. Training on workplace wellbeing themes such as reducing stress, assertiveness, confidence building, persuading and influencing, managing anger and frustration, mental health awareness and how to support people with mental health issues in the workplace.

With a background in setting up employee counselling and training services within charities, the NHS and business, I particularly come alive in a crisis, and have set up emergency crisis counselling services locally and nationally. Just get in touch if you think I can help. 

 
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IWFM IMPACT AWARD - WELLBEING 2021

The IWFM Impact Awards is the workplace and facilities management industry's most prestigious event.

it celebrates and showcases outstanding best practice and ingenuity from an influential profession which touches many areas of life, including some of the greatest challenges facing economies and communities across the globe.
During the pandemic I set up national in-house counselling services to support Sodexo hospital staff. Our Sodexo Pandemic Wellbeing Response came first in the UK, and won the award for supporting over 400 employees through counselling, and also provided training and health promotion initiatives.  
See my career highlights below, and my full CV can be viewed on the About Chris page.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Projects and Roles

June 2012 - Present day

COUNSELLOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Emotional and psychological support for individuals, couples, families and employees.
Working with people with mild to severe mental health issues experiencing higher distress levels and lower functioning levels. 
Counselling can take place in the therapy room, outdoors and can include a creative arts element. 
Six years of volunteer placements whilst in training and ten years of post-qualifying practice now at Kendal Therapy.

June 2020 - December 2021

NATIONAL COUNSELLING LEAD

I have been the Pandemic Wellbeing Response Lead for Sodexo Healthcare UK, responsible for in house pandemic wellbeing and mental health services across a range of UK sites, supporting hospital key workers that have been on the front line fighting against Covid-19 and working throughout the outbreak. The role morphed into a more general role to, National Counselling Lead. This part time role worked well alongside my Kendal Therapy counselling practice. The national counselling service has won two internal and one external awards in workplace well being categories.

November 2016 - April 2019

OUTDOOR COUNSELLING LEAD

I founded the first outdoor counselling service in the UK, which included training up counsellors to be able to work outside with their clients safely and effectively at South Lakeland Mind. 

I worked closely with the University of Cumbria and the Institute of Outdoor Learning to mutual benefit, and help widen the pool of outdoor counsellors and there knowledge and experience. 

June 2012 - February 2016

COUNSELLING COORDINATOR

I worked part time as a Counselling Coordinator' developing the 25 plus counselling team and services in my Local Mind (South Lakeland Mind), which has given me valuable experience in supporting people with a huge variety of challenges and issues that I would rarely meet in private practice, but are desperate for support, with usually nowhere else to go. Developing the South Lakeland Mind counselling service up to the MQM (Mind Quality Standard) was hugely rewarding and had the knock on effect of helping me support my private practice clients even better.

January 2009 - February 2010

COACHING CONSULTANT

Employee Coaching at BAE on a year long project to support managers creating a coaching culture with the main focus being on people management and talent development. 
Also, I got to play on a Submarine.

July 2007 - February 2009

ORGANISATIONAL  CONSULTANT

Supported large organisations such as Merseyside Police, Lake District National Park Authority, The National Trust, YMCA Prisons and NTG with organisational development focusing on cultural change based on-site in the workplace. 
Developed the consultancy arm at Outward Bound Eskdale and Lakeside Management Development to help support the charitable young people's work at UK outdoor education and development centres, such as Outward Bound, Brathay Hall and YMCA Lakeside.

June 2003 - July 2007

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Supported a wide range of teams from a diverse portfolio of organisations through experiential outdoor programmes at amazing outdoor centres in and around the Lake District National Park. 
The learning aims were centred around leadership, team work and peak performance.

June 2002 - July 2007

DEVELOPMENT TRAINER

Supporting children, young people and adults through outdoor adventure programming. Usually week long courses, either centre based or journeying through mountainous landscapes in the North of England working with as an associate for many of the Outdoor Centres around Cumbria, the Lake District.

February 1997 - June 2006

OUTDOOR INSTRUCTOR

Worked all over the UK as a freelancer working outdoors with children, young people and adults. From multi-activity fun packed adventure weeks for school groups, youth development programmes and adult team building and leadership development. 
Activities included the highlights of Mountain walking, Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Caving, but also the centre based Archery, high ropes courses, quad biking, creative arts and once, even motorised toilet racing.