Improving mental wellbeing at work

Break. The Stigma.

We bring psychological therapists into workplaces with the aim of creating a compassionate culture that supports the mental health of all staff.

Work related stress, anxiety and depression contributes to 55% of all work related ill-health.

"It has been a great opportunity to learn new ways of managing stress. A great open and honest session, thank you".

Our aim is to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of people at work.

How we can help.

Guiding Minds understands the importance of listening to the unique challenges and experiences of organisations and thus offering services that best suit the people who work there.

Our team of skilled and experienced therapists will provide a range of specialist services to meet the needs of the people within your organisation.

Mental wellbeing at work - workshops

We specialise in developing and facilitating workshops that meet the individual needs of our clients. 
All our workshops are delivered by two experienced CBT therapists who use their experiences to help bring our content to life.

Our workshops help to develop better awareness of mental health in the workplace and create pathways to ensue all staff know how and where to access the right support if needed.

We build awareness of common mental health conditions using a CBT model and also look in more detail as to how these conditions can affect everyday lives.

Using CBT principles and techniques we will present scenarios that have been designed to provoke discussion and open minds to new ways of working. Our workshops will also include some CBT tools and techniques that can be taken away.

What is CBT?
The key idea of CBT is that the way we think (cognitive) and what we do (behaviour) affects the way we feel. During times of stress we often think differently, and these unhelpful thoughts make us feel worse, which can lead to us behaving in a way that prolongs the distress.

The workshops are not a “quick fix” but the beginning of a commitment from organisations to better support all employees and break the stigma of mental health in the workplace.

Get in touch to find out more grant.elgin@guidingminds.co.uk  01243 696440

Mindfulness stress reduction courses

All courses and workshops are facilitated by a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and qualified Mindfulness teacher and teacher Supervisor.

What is Mindfulness?
According to Oxford mindfulness Centre, practising Mindfulness is like exercising the mind, with all its thoughts and emotions, and the exercise is the act of paying attention to these. Mindfulness aims to prevent self-perpetuating patterns of negative thinking and feeling that can escalate into depression, anxiety and stress and to help people to stay well. When practiced everyday Mindfulness can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, in particular stressful experiences.

What are the benefits of Mindfulness in the workplace?
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that when people intentionally practice being mindful they feel less stressed, anxious and depressed. Be Mindful.co.uk state that practicing Mindfulness has been shown to have positive effects on several aspects of whole-person health, including the mind, the brain, the body and behaviour as well as a person’s relationship with others.

In mindfulness interventions people are encouraged to notice their automatic response to stress and regain an element of choice. This could potentially be very helpful to respond to a challenging work situation in a better way.

“I Would love to learn more mindfulness, amazing session, truly appreciated, thank you.”  The AA Cardiff 2018

Guiding Minds Mindfulness workshops and courses can by conducted at your site, or at one of our venues if requested. The workshops include;
Half day – What is mindfulness or Full day – Whole day of Mindfulness / Developing a simple mindfulness practice
9 Week Mindfulness Stress Reduction Course ( MBSR ).

To find out what you can expect within our workshops please get in touch today at grant.elgin@guidingminds.co.uk or 01243 696440

Mental Health First Aid England

Mental Health First Aid ( MHFA)  England has allowed Alex Parish to deliver Adult MMFA courses.

For information on the benefits of this course please click on the link below:

https://mhfaengland.org

To enquire about MHFA course’s for your organisation contact the team at Guiding Minds on: 01243 696440

grant.elgin@guidingminds.co.uk

Online consultancy and signposting service

 

The collective knowledge, experience and skills within our team enables Guiding Minds to offer a unique mental health consultancy and signposting service. The aim is to provide organisations with the information necessary so they can support their employees with their mental health needs. To find out more about this service please contact  louise.elgin@guidingminds.co.uk or call on 01243 696440

Guiding Minds is not a crisis or emergency service.
If anyone in your workplace feels they need help urgently, please contact:

  • Sussex Mental Health Line: 0300 5000101
  • The Samaritans on: 116 123
  • Your local A&E department
  • Your GP (including out of hours service)

Optimising Resilience in the workplace

This workshop will look at the importance of optimising emotional resilience when considering workplace wellbeing.

It will be delivered by two CBT therapists and facilitated by guided discussion. A strength based approach to optimising resilience will be used with the aim of increasing knowledge of stress and how to identify our own triggers. This will increase confidence in managing our own mental wellbeing and help support others.

‘The sessions with Guiding Minds were very useful and we had very positive feedback from all involved. The course was relevant with easy to use exercises and examples. It was very beneficial and I would happily recommend their services.’

Sally Clough
Debt Collection Operational Manager
AA Finance

Drop in Clinic

Our team will establish a confidential safe area within organisations following the delivery of our workshops. This allows attendees to discuss any issues they may have with a therapist and talk through how and where to access further support if required.

Meet the team.

Grant Elgin | Director

Over the last 14 years as a senior manager in the publishing industry it has been concerning to witness the growing number of employees who have taken leave due to mental ill health and the lack of provision in helping those same employees. I have been convinced for many years now that the key for employers is to develop strategy around preventative care that will allow employees to improve their mental wellbeing thus allowing them to continue in the workforce and all the benefits this entails for both employee and employer.

This is my vision for Guiding Minds.

Louise Elgin | Director

Since qualifying with a first-class honours in Occupational Therapy in 2006 I have worked in a diverse range of community and hospital settings across London and West Sussex. As an occupational therapist I worked with adults who experienced complex psyho/social issues and severe enduring mental health problems.

I completed a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Surrey University and worked as a CBT therapist for the NHS as part of the national programme for Improving Access To Psychological Therapies (IAPT).  As a CBT therapist I work in collaboration with people who need to find new ways to live with or overcome anxiety and depression.

I have seen how devastating mental ill health can be to people’s lives. Companies now cite mental ill health and stress as the number one cause of long–term sickness absence, yet sadly there is still a stigma surrounding the issue being raised in the workplace. My hope for Guiding Minds is that we listen to the unique experiences of organisations and the people who work within them, and create solutions that promote a culture that supports everyone with their mental wellbeing and gain the right ongoing support when required.

Nikki Hayers | Associate

Nikki has a Psychology BA (Hons) degree, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapy (CBT) and over ten years experience working with common mental health problems in the NHS.

As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, I often encounter clients who feel unable to disclose mental health problems at work due to the stigma attached to them.  This can result in them taking time off work for mental health problems but often giving other reasons for their absence.  After several incidences, this can give cause for suspicion from their employers, sometimes leading to disciplinary procedures and then distrust on both sides.  This initial breakdown of relationships can result in the person who is experiencing mental health problems to spiral down further until they find it impossible to attend work, resulting in longer periods off work. By creating a culture in the workplace of understanding and support for mental health problems, it is possible to prevent problems from escalating before working relationships and trust become damaged.  Inevitably, this will create a more compassionate and transparent working environment and so significantly reduce absence from work.

Robert Foreman | Associate

Robert is a trained Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). He is an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Robert is a graduate of University of Surrey and he trained to teach mindfulness with the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the University of Bangor. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses in both clinical and non-clinical settings since 2011.

Until 2017 Robert worked as a CBT Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher/Supervisor for an NHS Foundation Trust, within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), environment.

Robert has a special interest in mindfulness in the workplace. More recently he has been facilitating well-being events in both private and public sectors. In 2018 Robert taught Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L) courses to NHS Staff as part of an NHS Health England research project and he was the founder of Learning Mindfulness Community (LMC) in is locality.

Rachel Kerr-Smith | Associate

Rachel has gained a wealth of expertise in the field of mental health and has over ten years’ experience, working in various roles in the NHS. Rachel completed Post Graduate training in 2010 as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, working in one of the highest performing psychological therapies service in the country (IAPT).

Having completed training at the University of Surrey, Rachel is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and treats clients with a range of difficulties including anxiety and depression.

In addition to running her own private therapy practice, Rachel specialises in delivering mental health workshops and is accomplished in working with clients within a group setting.

Charlotte Warburton | Associate

As a Counselling Psychologist I integrate the core features of counselling and traditional psychotherapy with current research findings, to alleviate psychological and emotional distress through talking.

I have experience of assisting people through a range of common difficulties related to depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, loss and relationship issues as well as more specific problems such as panic attacks or post-traumatic stress.

I have worked in various settings including the NHS primary and secondary care services, CAMHS, student counselling, youth counselling, the voluntary sector and private practice. I have worked across the life span, working effectively with children, young people and adults.