Employee Assistance

Why sponsor?

People are important resource to every organisation and being able to quickly resolve difficult employee issues is increasingly important. The strategy of using private counselling and coaching is an effective solution. When members of staff have difficulties either inside, or outside of work affects include:

  • Absenteeism, escaping from work responsibilities, arriving late, leaving early.
  • Deterioration in work performance, lack of focus, poor concentration, forgetfulness
  • Over-reacting, irritation, impatience, arguing, anxiety, stress
  • Deteriorating health, clumsy, distracted, disorganised, sleeplessness
  • Improper habits including smoking, alcohol, drug use

Counselling and Coaching can help by giving the employee the opportunity to talk to someone independent, qualified and experienced. Counselling is a recognised effective solution for mild to moderate mental health difficulties, recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Limited NHS resources mean that your employee could have to wait months to be offered an appointment through their GP.

Choosing to offer the private services is an effective solution.

Counselling can also be helpful in particular situations for example: where there has been sexual misconduct, bullying, or discrimination; emotional disturbance in the workplace (e.g. aggression, anger, tearful, anxiety); trauma or witness to trauma. It is also appropriate to offer counselling to the employee for issues including: bereavement, divorce and relationship problems, traumatic experiences, health problems. The experienced therapist is able to help with emotional control and coping strategies, control of negative thoughts and behaviours, improving focus, attention, attitude and motivation.

What is sponsorship?

The employer offers to sponsor a limited number of sessions, usually 6 or 10. Each session lasts one hour, usually once per week. Some employers allow the employee to come during working hours, others prefer the sessions to be outside working time. The counselling and coaching is short term focused work, for the benefit of the employee.

Where are the sessions?

Counselling and Coaching sessions are held at our offices on King Street in Manchester city centre. All our therapists are fully qualified and insured and comply with the codes of conduct demanded by registration with professional bodies including the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the United Kingdom Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellers. Appointments are available during the day and into the evening. We are usually able to offer appointments during working hours* within 7 days of the initial contact.

How does it work?

The employer discusses the option of counselling or coaching with the employee and agrees the number of sessions that will be sponsored. Counselling and coaching is a positive response to challenging situations and is an appropriate solution both for the individual and the employer.

Employers are usually not aware of the different therapeutic approach for individuals and their issues. I specialise in person centered therapeutic counselling, which is the most appropriate and effective for many issues. I also have many resources available which include elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction(MBSR). I work closely with several other therapists who have additional specialisms for example in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which is specifically for trauma work, again as recommended by NICE.

All individuals referred by employers will be assessed by the counsellor or coach to ensure that the most appropriate and effective therapeutic approach is offered. You will receive written confirmation that your employee is a suitable referral for counselling or coaching.


Your employee has the right to confidentiality as laid down by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. There are some exceptions which include:

  • If your employee discloses that they intend to hurt themselves or another person, or commit a criminal act.
  • The court has made a legal order for the release of records (a subpoena).
  • The employee gives a signed release specifying to whom the information is to be released.

To ensure the highest standards of care I monitor outcomes within my counselling practice. I am a member of the International Centre for Clinical Excellence (ICCE), and use the recommended SRS and ORS rating scales. As an employer you may ask the individual for feedback about their experience of the counselling or coaching process. However the content of the sessions remains confidential unless the employee chooses to make any disclosure.

Booking Appointments

You call or email with the name and contact details of the employee. I arrange the appointments and keep you informed about their attendance, and confirm their suitability. The content of the sessions remains confidential between the therapist and your employee.


Complete course of counselling and coaching from £380.

To refer an employee now please call me on 07594 704 204 or send me a message below.