Counselling Services

Hobson Health offers a full range of talking therapies including traditional counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to influence dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. There is strong research based evidence that CBT treatments are efficient treatments for a variety of clinical and non-clinical problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and psychotic disorders. It is often brief and time-limited.

We will identify the most appropriate counsellors or psychological support for your organisation and can work from our offices, via a specialist practitioner practice or at a customer’s business premises.

All of the counsellors we use are solution-focussed and aware of the therapeutic benefits of remaining in work / returning to work as swiftly as possible.

In addition we also offer post incident support, mediation services and bespoke mental health training on a range of themes.


What is counselling?

  • Individual confidential short term one-to-one counselling sessions to help employees with work difficulties or domestic / personal problems which are affecting work performance, health or attendance.
  • Counselling involves skilled listening and talking with a trained, experienced and accredited therapist or counsellor.
  • The individual will work to identify and understand their reactions and responses and explore ways to cope and manage better.

Why is it needed?

  • Factors affecting work include reduced concentration, motivation, drive, memory difficulty, reduced confidence, mood changes, sleep difficulty and fatigue.
  • Employees may already be in receipt of medication treatment via their GP, e.g. for anxiety, depression, sleep.
  • To demonstrate support as recommended in the HSE stress management standards.

Who needs counselling?

  • Employees who may or may not be off sick from work.
  • Changes of work performance such as difficult work relationships, behavioural changes, errors, poor attention to detail, poor decision making.
  • Where the OHA has recommended counselling following health referral.
  • Employees attending or having an imminent date for counselling via their GP or where there are long term, significant or complex mental health problems would not be suitable candidates.

What is the process?

  • Employers refer their employee to us for counselling.
  • The advisor may recommend counselling where considered appropriate in the occupational health report following an absence management referral.
  • Management should agree in writing that this is acceptable.
  • Hobson Health will make contact with the counsellor who will in turn contact the employee to make appointment arrangements.

Hobson Health can help source a suitable local counsellor to distant businesses.

How often is counselling needed?

• Employee attends for initial assessment session and up to 5 further sessions at agreed business location, counsellor’s rooms or Hobson Health offices.

• Return to work and normal functioning is the expected outcome.

• An occupational health advisor review may be appropriate to advise and support on a work rehabilitation programme.

• In occasional cases where the counsellor considers that further sessions would be beneficial, this request would be made in writing to the employer.

• Employees would usually not require more than one series of counselling (other than in complex cases that may include grievance and disciplinary action)