Counselling and Psychology

OHSAS Counselling and Psychology Service (CAPS)


Our Counselling and Psychology Service (CAPS) provides employers with access to specialised psychological and counselling services, helping you support your employees through difficult times.


Our service helps you support employees who may be:


·         off work, or struggling to remain at work

·         experiencing mild or moderate mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression

·         affected by bereavement or other losses

·         struggling to cope with difficult events in their lives


We’ll also provide advice and guidance on all aspects of psychological health at work - at an individual, group and organisational level.



Our counselling and psychology services


The work of CAPS is based on the professional codes of practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).  All our counsellors are accredited members of the BACP and our psychologists are members of the Health Professions Council (HPC).


CAPS operate independently from other OHSAS services ensuring that employees’ records remain separate and confidential. We won’t transfer personal information to Occupational Health records or to any third party without the employee's written consent, unless in exceptional circumstances.


Typically, our counselling and psychology services offer a programme of up to 6 sessions, focusing on specific issues and problems. Where this approach is not appropriate, our counsellor will advise on alternative sources of support.


What is Counselling?

Counselling is a form of psychological or talking therapy that offers people a chance to change how they feel and to live better.


It offers employees the opportunity to talk about personal or work-related difficulties in a private and confidential setting and aims to help them find their own solutions to problems. Counsellors work with the individual to explore, understand and examine their options in order to make effective changes.


What is Clinical/Counselling Psychology?

Clinical/Counselling Psychologists apply psychological methods to problems in order to:


·         gain a better understanding of the issues

·         help bring about change

·         determine the effectiveness of the treatment 


Sessions are usually fairly structured and often the individual is encouraged to tackle homework between sessions to help them learn and apply new skills.  Much of the emphasis is on thinking and behaviour patterns, but other techniques can be used depending upon the nature of the problem.


Other CAPS services


We also offer additional support services to employers when required, including:


·         Group work

·         Support following critical incidents


Information leaflets 


For more information about our Counselling and Psychology Service, please download our information leaflets or contact us.