Member Since: 5th Nov 2000
I'm a practicing business psychologist and nutritional therapist with a unique mind and body approach to helping people get the most from their working lives.
Although stress in itself is not an illness but a state of mind, if left unchecked excessive stress can lead to mental and physical illness including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Drawing on 20 years corporate experience and with an engaging and supportive coaching style, I provide tailored recommendations for dealing with stress which will alleviate health problems and improve energy levels, memory, concentration and motivation levels.
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I run the successful New Frontiers consulting company based in Surrey and has worked extensively in the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia.
My qualifications include an MSc from the University of London specialising in organisational behaviour, the ION diploma in Nutritional Therapy with distinction and a diploma in Business and Performance Coaching. I'm a member of the Association of Business Psychologists, the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the International Stress Management Association and a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Managing Director New Frontiers Management
My discussion replies
First of all I wouldn't be surprised that you didn't know about this guy's anxiety. Any stress reaction is still considered a sign of failure & my experience as a stress management coach is that people hide it in case it puts their job at risk. Anxiety & depression are now a big problem for businesses & you cannot argue with a GP. Also he may be able to cope with the kids & shopping but something is happening at work which he can't cope with. You could even look on it that he could be back soon & being out with the kids is a good part of his therapy. I've had experience of people who've been in a clinic for 2-3 months with anxiety & are nowhere near improved enough to come back to work when they do. Anxiety is an illness. Their employers didn't know how sick they were. I think it's a good idea for his manager to call but not to check up, ridicule or accuse but to show care & support & ask if there's anything the company can do. When he's back you could also see him & develop an action plan to prevent this happening again. Employers have a responsibility under the Health & Safety at Work act to protect staff from stress & just asking what they can do to help can really aid their recovery. The CIPD has recently launched a useful guide 'Work-related stress. What the law says' if you need more information or I'm happy to have a chat with you