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In my previous post, I discussed the importance of respectful, non-judgemental trauma support. This is not just because trauma affects different people in different ways, but because its effects can be long-lasting and life-changing.   A traumatised nervo...
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What does the word “trauma” mean to you? As a trauma therapist who supports different employees from all over the world, I’ve heard countless definitions over the years.  Many of them assume that trauma can only result from a unique event that is recognisably...
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If I had a pound for every time I heard this from an employer, I’d be a millionaire by now. Admittedly, I don’t always hear it first-hand.  It’s often the pregnant employee herself who tells me, that on her last day the boss offered what seemed like “a fina...
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Even before the Covid pandemic hit, the UK was home to a stressed-out workforce.  The Mental Health at Work Report 2018 found that one in three employees had been “formally diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in their lives”. Fast-f...
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If you had asked me this question twenty years ago, I wouldn’t have known how to answer. Back then, I didn’t know that my brain was the most energy-expensive organ in my body.  I had no idea that every thought, interaction, and decision I made would ‘spend’...
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Pre-Covid, if you asked an employer for a common reason why a member of staff might take an extended period of leave, they would probably reply “maternity leave” or “sickness”.   Now, as we all know well, the landscape has shifted.  Many companies found tha...
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Beyond EAP: A Year in Review

December 3, 2021
Have you heard of a ‘round-robin letter’? Some people include these in the Christmas cards they send to their friends and family.  In the letters, they describe the year’s key events for them. While it’s easy to think of a round-robin letter as nothing more...
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When you imagine somebody who has recently been bereaved, what kind of person would you picture? Perhaps you thought of a weeping widow clad in black, or a child losing a beloved grandparent.  Almost certainly, the person you imagined was suffering the loss of a lo...
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5 Things She Could Be Thinking (But Not Saying)...Many employers think of the words “maternity leave” as a signal for change. Change as in: who’s going to provide maternity cover, and for how long?  How and when will you keep in touch with your new mum, so th...
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In September this year, Alice Thompson was awarded £185,000 by an employment tribunal.  The tribunal ruled that Alice had suffered indirect sex discrimination when her employer refused to consider her flexible working request. Alice had asked her employer, a ...
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