For employers

Responsible companies are increasingly recognising that there are significant gains in being proactive in the care and support of employees. Assisting employees in dealing with personal difficulties that may adversely impact on their performance at work and their overall health and well-being is now a key priority for many organisations.

Dr Anna Collins trained and worked for 8 years for a top FTSE 100 company with approximately 8,000 employees globally. She developed methods to assess the occupational health and engagement of employees, and led research to investigate the extent to which these factors impacted productivity.

Services offered:

Design and implementation of employee engagement diagnostics and assessment questionnaires

Review of structure and operations, providing recommendations as to how these can optimise occupational health and productivity

Individual employee interventions:

  • helping employees to manage stress more effectively
  • working with employees suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental illness
  • working with employees who are failing to reach their potential

To discuss the needs of your organisation, please contact Mary Haines on 07561 371 053 or e-mail Mary on info@thepsychologyclinic.org.uk

For employees

Prolonged stress can be highly detrimental to mental health and well-being. Stress induced depressive illness is increasingly prevalent, accounting for approximately a quarter of all referrals received at The Psychology Clinic.

People will often feel quite ashamed of suffering from stress induced depressive illness, believing that it is indicative of being weak or less resilient than their colleagues. On the contrary, research has shown that the individuals susceptible to suffering from stress-induced depressive illness are in fact those with a strong sense of responsibility and strong conscience, and those who are reliable, highly diligent and sensitive.

The onset of stress induced depressive illness has been described as a ‘fuse blowing’ in the limbic system, the system which regulates our mood. This in turn leads to a sudden reduction in the release of serotonin and noradrenaline, both crucial transmitters in the limbic system. The symptoms experienced by an individual suffering from stress induced depressive illness can be explained by these changes that occur in brain chemistry.

An individual suffering from stress induced depressive illness is likely to feel overwhelmed by the demands and challenges they face, low in motivation and mood, and is likely to have persistent feelings that they are unable to cope.

As part of treatment it is important to identify the key stressors so that these can be moderated. It is then necessary to work cognitively (i.e. looking at the thoughts and beliefs that would appear to be fuelling and maintaining the low mood and anxiety) and behaviourally (i.e. working together to formulate manageable and appropriate activities in a clearly structured form to gradually reconstruct resilience).

Understanding the factors that contributed to the stress induced depressive illness is also important to prevent future relapse. These may be present situational factors or previous experiences that have led to a vulnerability to developing the depressive illness, or as is the case in the majority of cases, a combination of the two.

The prognosis for stress induced depressive illness is good, and with the right intervention and support most people will make a full recovery.

Dr Collins developed a variety of assessment tools to evaluate the well-being and engagement of Hays employees, identifying specific areas that are significant to their productivity. I would not hesitate to recommend her service.
Elisabetta Bayliss, Director Hays plc.


Dr Anna Collins delivered an excellent session on managing automatic responses to situations and also covered sleep (amongst other things). During the session she reinforced earlier sessions to consolidate previous learning.

I felt the whole group was fully engaged throughout, both with Dr Collins and the other group attendees and it is exactly what you strive to achieve, developing peer support through the group session process. It was very evident that the clients were gaining a lot from the sessions, by their responses throughout the afternoon.

I felt the whole group was fully engaged throughout, both with Dr Collins and the other group attendees and it is exactly what you strive to achieve, developing peer support through the group session process. It was very evident that the clients were gaining a lot from the sessions, by their responses throughout the afternoon.

I found Dr Collins extremely professional, flexible and warm, and felt she had created a positive environment for all attendees to maximise their session and post session objectives.
S. Bowe Feedback from an Ofsted assessment of the group work for the Government’s Condition Management Programme.