Counselling Services

Counselling Services

Life can be similar to a Jigsaw Puzzle. Sometimes life feels like pieces are missing, lost or temporarily misplaced. Other times we feel like we are endlessly working or feel driven to complete the Jigsaw within tight time frames. We can be left feeling exhausted and lethargic both physically and psychologically. We can feel unable to motivate ourselves or identify the need to activate change. Perhaps an unexpected event has happened which is overwhelming. It’s at these times that having space to look at the impact and reactions you are experiencing with a professional Counselling Consultant can be helpful.  To explore putting the pieces back into a new order or to see the jigsaw pieces from a different perspective can give you a more positive view of life. You can gain understanding and prioritise what actions you need to take and coping strategies to support you on-going. What happens in the Counselling Session? Sylvia of SDD Counselling has trained and gained experienced in working in many different therapy approaches and orientations which are outlined in the about SDD section...

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Trauma Incident Response

Trauma Response

What is a Trauma Incident? A Traumatic Incident is a presenting situation that is unexpected, is perceived to threaten our physical integrity or that of other individuals who are observed. The experience can involve fear, helplessness and horror. The Trauma Incident can overwhelm our usual coping strategies and thinking processes and behaviour patterns. The Trauma Incident can cause ongoing persistent stimulus and avoidance behaviour. We can be evoked into recalling past trauma incidents. Which can intensify or complicate our experience and recovery ongoing.   Do you see individuals who have been involved in a Trauma Incident at your practice address? Yes. Often the neutrality of the SDD Counselling practice address can help start the recovery process. Here experiences and fears can be shared and normalised in a environment away from the workplace or wherever the incident happened. However, work together with Sylvia will include facing fears and geographical locations where the incident happened to assist in the individual’s ongoing recovery. Do you attend on-site Trauma incidents? Sylvia has undertaken numerous onsite Trauma Response and Incident work since 1999. She...

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Personal Development

Why Personal Development Sessions? The sessions offer the opportunity to talk through an individual’s personal and professional development to gain further insight in how they view themselves within the world they live including inside and outside of work. Individuals may seek to talk through some of their concerns, fears or aspirations with an independent and unbiased professional to hear and action further steps to assist their ongoing personal development. The sessions are interactive and can include change following life events, coaching to support the recognition of achievements, strengths and ongoing opportunities. Focusing on workplace or life environments.   Who can access Personal Development Sessions? Individuals can contact Sylvia directly to schedule a session Employers can offer sessions to employee’s Any feedback required by the referring Employer would need to be agreed between the Employer, Employee and Sylvia prior to the commencement of the sessions.  How long does each Personal Development Session last? Each session lasts for an hour. Generally sessions are scheduled weekly particularly for the first two or three sessions. Following the initial sessions the scheduling would be...

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Welfare Assessments

Welfare Assessments

   Sylvia Dewis-Davenport – MIW Accredited Member of the Institute of Welfare Institute of Welfare code of ethics apply   What is a Welfare Assessment? A Welfare Assessment is a meeting between an employee and an Accredited Welfare Officer. The Welfare Assessment and subsequent Welfare Report is requested by an employer who identifies an employee who is experiencing issues that are impacting on their workplace functioning or general wellbeing.  The employer requests the assessment and report to gain further insight and understanding into the possible cause of the employee’s workplace functioning changes.  The information will assist the employer to determine what support and workplace changes they need to consider to promote recovery and wellbeing of the employee and their workplace environment. The Welfare Assessment provides a neutral and supportive space where the employee can discuss with the Welfare Officer the provision of a Welfare Report that outlines their particular circumstances to the employer. They will identify and explore the presenting issues and impact within the supportive environment. The Welfare visit or telephone call can provide immediate emotional and practical support...

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Relocation Assessments

What is a Relocation Assessment? A Relocation Assessment is a meeting either face to face or by telephone with the employee and their family whose employer is considering relocating their place of work. During the meeting Sylvia who is a Relocation Consultant will discuss some psycho education around the Cycle of Cross Cultural Adjustment – Culture Shock.  The employee and family member will be given a voice to express what the relocation means to each of them. The psychological resilience and readjustment coping strategies are assessed.  Recommendations are given to the employee and family to raise awareness of issues that may arise so that they can prepare themselves and therefore reduce the possibility of later anxiety and distress. Relocating can be a wonderful and rewarding opportunity and the Relocating Assessment aims to provide an environment where the Culture Shock is acknowledged and managed appropriately to ensure the Relocation continues successfully. What situation may the Relocation Assessment and Relocation Report be requested for? Often employers need to ask if employees can transfer their workplace skills to other parts of the...

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Goal Planning

Plan for your future, because that is where your going to spend the rest of your life – Mark Twain Why Goal Planning Sessions? Life in the 21st Century is often busy and fully occupied leaving little time to stop and focus on where we are actually going in life. What we need to have in place to get there and how long it will take us. The Goal Planning sessions offer a space to explore desires, hopes, wishes, opportunities, skills, obstacles and motivation.  The sessions explore all aspects of life from Home/Family, Work, Leisure and Personal Development to provide a more structured approach to aid goal achievement and personal satisfaction. How long does each session last and how often would I need to have a session? Each session would last for one hour. Generally sessions are scheduled weekly particularly the first two or three.  Following the initial sessions the scheduling will be as individually tailored to suit each individuals circumstances. How many sessions would I need? Taking into consideration that each individuals circumstances are unique and that the...

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Consultancy

What is the Consultancy Service offered by SDD Counselling Co Ltd.? This is a service primary for HR, Managers and Occupational Health professionals who wish to have the opportunity to discuss a particularly presenting situation in the workplace with an external professional. This service can be experienced as a support role where the professional can discuss with a Counselling/Trauma/Welfare Consultant how they can react or move a particular workplace position forward and feel supported in doing so. It can also be scheduled on a daily, weekly, monthly or bi-monthly basis to offer external neutral support to a professional regarding a trauma, new role or situation they are addressing in the workplace. What areas or issues are included in the Consultancy Service? Trauma and Critical Incidents in the Workplace. Assistance with Desktop Trauma Exercises. Psychological First Aid information to Individual Managers. Support for professionals who are Managing a Crisis. Provision of a 24/7 Telephone Support Line for small number of staff following a Traumatic or Stressful incident or situation. Debriefing the staff who are supporting through difficult situations in the...

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Resilience Building

What is Resilience? Resilience is a psychological internal process we build upon through life. Resilience is not commonly thought to be a personality trait but more of a moveable and learnt process within each individual. To be resilient is to have the ability to adapt to changes in our social and physical environment whilst maintaining our psychological wellbeing within the environment we live and work. The young sapling blown by the strong gusts of wind bending not breaking and having the ability to spring back and then continuing to grow into a strong healthy mature tree despite the windy environment. (SDD2013) Why Resilience Building sessions? The Resilience Building Sessions explore how we spring back and learn from the experiences that life and work, confront us with.  The sessions will assess self-care generally and how we respond following specific expected and unexpected situations. How we view opportunities for self-discovery and growth. Look at how and if we keep things in perspective and respond to change. Explore our forward thinking patterns and how we action movement towards goals and take decisive action etc....

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Return to work

Why Return to work Sessions? Absence from the work place is costly from both the psychological and financial perspectives for both the Employee and Employer. The employee may experience a reduction in their self confidence and increased anxiety levels. The employer may need to staff the workplace position due to the absent employee that can increase pressure generally and have an ongoing impact on other employees. During the period of absence the workplace communication between both parties may decrease which can create a sense of isolation particularly for the employee. The sessions look at the motivation and concerns of the employee towards returning to work. Also what is needed to be in place or to be provided, the communication channels, clarification of positions, correcting assumptions and options available all of which are explored. The sessions offer a structured regular time for the employee to discuss their return to work, look towards gaining structure again in their day and open communication with the employer. Who benefits from the sessions? Both the employee and the employer can benefit from the return...

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About SDD

About SDD

Sylvia Dewis-Davenport is an Accredited BACP Counsellor and Welfare Officer. She has experience of working with a wide variety of issues particularly in the area of Trauma and Critical Incident Response.

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Sylvia works flexible hours and will always endeavour to respond to every enquiry within 24 hours.

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