EAP / EFAP – What’s It’s All About?

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) is a specialized benefit in place to benefit both the employer and the employee. The essence of an EAP is that healthy employees are fully productive employees at work and in their personal and familial lives. Employee & Family Assistance Programs (EFAP) extends this benefit to the dependent family members of […]

The Onset of a Career Transition

Graduate school, your practicum experience, your competency exams, your volunteer work and your current employment have contributed to the professional that you are today. Reality is a sizeable investment in time, energy and money has been made by you (maybe also by your partner and /or family). Take a moment to reflect on this. You […]

The Elastic Band, A Metaphor For Stress

Dr. Hans Selye who coined the word ‘stress’ in the early 20th century explained that excessive stress occurs when the demands made on an organism exceed that organism’s reasonable capacities to fulfill them.  The stress response can be set off  by physical damage, either by infection or injury.  And, it can also be triggered by […]

Take Charge of Your Career: Create a Vision First

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare”. This Japanese proverb implies that it is vitally important to have both and to get the order right. I have coached hundreds of people – many in the mental health profession – launch or shift directions in their careers. Initially, many felt stymied […]

EAP / EFAP Contract Counsellors: Listen Up

EAP is needed more today than ever before. Today’s working world is global, multi-generational, multi-cultural and financially volatile – it is a world of knowledge workers within a world of on-going change. Therefore, when stress mounts, the knowledge worker can begin to break emotionally and mentally. Canada has a population of 35 million people. According […]

The Skinny on Stress Leave

Stress-leave is a catch-all term for a medical leave due to a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, anger. Such a medical leave requires a note from the employee’s physician stating that the employee is not mentally fit to be working at this time. This is a legitimate disability. As a specialist in human […]

Employee Assistance Programs: An Option for Employment

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are often sought after by clinical counsellors wanting employment or wanting EAP referrals to fill their private practice. It appears that many counsellors wanting to break into the field of EAP do not fully understand what this specialized benefit is all about. The field of EAP is exciting, challenging, competitive and […]

Key to Success: Attitude + Action

In this mobile world where society runs at a pace that dictates ‘faster’, the economy is volatile and most employees are told to do more with less, what the heck is the key to success, to happiness? Is there a key? Yes there is. It is no secret that the most profitable companies and the […]

Shift Your Mood: Activate Your Lunch Break

As a therapist and specialist in human behaviour in the workplace, I work with many employee-clients who suffer from situational depression sometimes called workplace depression. This type of depression has been dubbed the ‘common cold’ of the workplace by Australian HR magazine In Canada alone, depression and other mental health issues account for over a […]

Life Lessons from Sport & the Game of Golf

I have been active in sports my entire life. I am the fifth of six children. I have 5 brothers. I grew up in eastern Canada, Montreal to be exact. I am a boomer which meant that there were lots of children in the neighbourhood. Also, it was very pre internet and therefore there was […]