Welcome to timefortalking

We are an organisation which provides support to employees of organisations; this support is often referred to as Employee Assistance Programmes [EAP’s]. The support we provide is psychological, emotional and practical.

An employer will contract with us to set up an agreement to support staff and we provide a helpline and a one-to-one support service which can be accessed by those employees whenever they need it. We have a team of professionals who are in place to offer the support to employees by providing guidance and counselling. This can be done in a face-to-face meeting or on the telephone or Skype, or by on-line counselling. The TimeforTalking team is made up professional counsellors, trained telephone staff and workplace advisors: they have a wealth of experience and provide a service which is sensitive and respectful to everyone who calls.

timefortalking is committed to supporting the wellbeing of all our clients and we offer counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), EMDR and Solution Focussed Therapy [SFT] as evidenced-based interventions which are shown to help people to cope with their issues and build resilience. We have therapists based throughout the UK and through the use of telephone and Skype we are supporting people in other countries also. Please take time to look over this site and if you want further information just contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.


 

PERSONAL WELLBEING
This considers the balance of the core parts of life: - happiness, life satisfaction, positive psychological functioning, good relationships with others and self-realisation/acceptance It is about not only how people feel, e.g. the experiences of pleasure, enjoyment, satisfaction, but also how people function, e.g. their sense of autonomy, competence, interest, engagement and meaning or purpose in life. There exists overwhelming evidence that interpersonal and social interactions play a crucial role in our well-being.

People’s perceptions of how well they are functioning, how much control they have over their lives, and the extent to which they perceive their activities as having meaning, are central to an overall sense of well-being.

PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING
All of us have worries and concerns at different times in our lives and usually we have ways to manage them as part of everyday life. The concerns can be about money, family, work, health, relationships; they are the normal spice of life which we find ways to manage.

Occasionally the pressure of these problems demands a lot of our attention and we can feel weighed down by the burden. When this happens the concerns may begin to affect the quality of our living, disrupting our sleep or impacting on our concentration and colouring our general mood. Being able to talk about these problems will help change our perspective and starts to break their grip on us; clarifying our thinking and sharing our feelings through talking about our worries helps us to begin seeing things differently, create strategies for coping better and make plans to regain more control. That is the value of good counselling.

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
Extensive research shows that the quality of interactions with others influences all aspects of health and functioning. For example, it is well known that social isolation is strongly associated with morbidity and mortality, while social support has a strong positive relationship with physical and mental health and healthy lifestyle.

It is a sign of maturity and positive development to be in charge of our emotions enough to stay calm under pressure. When we get upset or angry, our emotions can be overwhelming and can adversely affect our whole day. However, when we’re in charge of our emotions, we’re able to calm down and clear our heads enough so that we don’t stay overwhelmed. Being in charge of our emotions doesn’t mean that we cut off negative emotions or keep them inside.

Expressing emotions, both negative and positive, is healthy and constructive. Being in charge of our emotions is about calming down enough so that we can express our emotions in ways that will help, rather than hurt, a situation. It affects the way we interact with others, the way we solve problems—even the way we look at the world.

PHYSICAL WELLBEING
You probably have heard the quote “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all”

If you have ever suffered bad health then you really know the true meaning of this. Perhaps our health is something we take for granted but this section reminds us that is not a wise way to live your life. But for some of us it’s not until we start to lose something that we recognise the value of what we have.

If you are blessed with reasonable health it is easy to forget how we need to take care of ourselves. A poor diet which lacks essential nutrients, insufficient exercise and poor quality sleep all have a negative impact on our physical, emotional and psychological resilience and diminish our overall sense of wellbeing. Learning to prioritise our physical wellbeing can seem like an effort but it is one which pays off and allows us to better develop a higher quality of life. This approach to our bodies also pays dividends in how we manage the daily stresses of working life by adopting more healthy coping strategies while paying attention to the negative effects of unhealthy behaviours such as smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Thinking about how to live in a more physically healthy way is also a way of investing in our relationships with family because we have more energy and vitality to bring to what you do together. Investing in maintaining our physical health will boost our immune system and helps us to fight off illness and injury and can often help us to have a faster and better recovery when we do become unwell.