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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Occupational stress affects one-third of the working population, and yet the concept of occupational stress is still an evasive concept to many. The nature of work is rapidly changing - it is perhaps now more so than ever that work-related stress poses a threat to the health of employees which can in turn negatively impact their work, their well being and the performance of the organisation.

Occupational stress can cause:

  • poor health
  • low productivity
  • accidents and injuries
  • low morale
  • increased labour turnover

How we think, how we behave and how we feel are all inter-related; changes to our thoughts (cognition) and what we do (behaviour) influence our feeling (emotions). Most emotional and behavioural reactions are learned. The goal of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is to help an individual to “unlearn” their negative unwanted reactions and learning new ways of reacting.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety-depressive disorders. It is also effective in other conditions such as stress related disorders, addictions and obsessive compulsive disorders. It also plays an effective role in the management of chronic fatigue and chronic pains, particularly chronic back pains. Organisations such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists in UK and the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe confirmed the effectiveness of such therapy, and in the UK the NHS’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) supported the case for provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Studies have also shown that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has enduring benefits that extends five years beyond the end of treatment. It reduces the risk of relapse in chronic disorders and lowers the risk of recurrence in episodic disorders, and it has also been shown that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is beneficial in assisting an individual in returning to work.

Business Health Ireland can provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as part of our multidisciplinary approach for your organisation to help your employees manage their individual psychological issues, fatigue, chronic pain and to support them at work and to effectively support their return to work.


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