Wholistic Wellness Coaching Model

Wellness Coaching Model Diagram

Going for counselling can be a daunting prospect, especially when you are sitting in a problem-saturated situation. My clients often start the conversation with stating that they “don’t even know where to start”.

The good news is that there is go correct or wrong place to start our conversation. The fact that you made your appointment is already a leap in the right direction. Coming to get guidance, support or counselling takes courage and determination to become well.

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Wellness for Managers & Counsellors

20/20 Vision On Wellness for Managers & Counsellors

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Counsellors and managers are under a lot of work-related pressure at this time of the year. In this year our country experienced a lot of economic challenges that had a direct impact on the workplace and households.

If you are in a position where you had to retrench colleagues or had to deal with trauma, the cumulative effect of these challenges will affect the way you function. One of the most important ways workplace trials affect you, is in the manner your brain functions.

There are, for example, three separate attention processes, allowing you to be alert, to orient and to have executive control. At work you are required to be alert for long periods of time. You also need to select and prioritise useful sensory input, while resolving what to pay attention to. The executive control in your brain is especially important when the available information is in any form of conflict.

The more trauma you had to deal with, the more these three mental processes are under pressure. However, moving towards the end of the year and starting 2020 is the perfect time to go back to basics. Basics of self-care and management, because many things went wrong in the past year as a result of basic principles that were ignored.

Remember to take care of your own emotional injuries that come from memories of the traumatic experiences of this year.

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Your Partner in Employee Wellness

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Risks are part of life.

Foreseen employee risks are pregnacy, resegnation and retirement.

Unforeseen risks in the workplace is crisis, accidents, health problems, trauma, crime, addiction, ect.

Wellness is a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individuals exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being. It is not the mere absence of disease. It is a proactive, preventative approach designed to achieve optimum levels of health, social and emotional functioning.

Wellness is an active process through which you become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence.

The symptoms of Non-Wellness are:

•Stress to the extent of distress
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Restoring well-being, stability and balance

Readiness, Response and Recovery

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In preparation for the festive season every retail company is planning for an influx of business and stock piling for all the merry makers. On the serious side security is improved and financial matters are planned very carefully. Services companies might be planning to close operations for a week or two in December. Strange enough very few organizations are getting contingency plans in place in case of crisis or trauma.

You can think of contingency plans as the measure you take to address crisis and trauma. These plans take the scatter and scram out of an uncertain situation, when time is of the essence.

  1. Readiness is the level at which your organization is prepared to respond to a crisis or an emergency today. Most companies are well prepared to prevent and handle fire or other physical incidents. Readiness for emotional crisis and disasters entails to calm fears and anxiety of staff, to re-establish a sense of emotional safety and security and to begin to restore productive activities and well-being.
  2. Response is the synergetic capacity of the organization's resources, skills, community partnerships and professional services to take action when a crisis or traumatic event occurs. The response to such an event begins with assessing the level of traumatic exposure among the staff. Care should be taken to support staff members who were in close physical or emotional proximity. Response of staff that experiences similar distressing life events must be monitored. The current situation might trigger their fear and emotional pain.
  3. Recovery is the process of restoring well-being, stability and balance of the whole staff. I am a strong advocate for returning to normal routines and social activities, as soon as possible after a traumatic experience. Routine provides some form of structure and there is a sense safety in order. Workplace routines and normal activities provide regular places where experiences can be shared and preserve a sense of belonging and solidarity.

Well thought through contingency plans allow you to focus on what is most important. Your relationships and your business.

Aquilla Wellness Solutions can assist you in compiling contingency plans and we offer training for you and your manager to deal with Trauma and Crisis. We are preferred Trauma Relief Facilitators for more than 25 years. See Aquilla Training

Post-Traumatic Stress Reactions

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Post-Traumatic Stress Reactions are the reactions as effects of traumatic experiences. These reactions are common, understand able and expectable, but are also serious and can lead to difficulties in daily life. There are various types of traumatic reactions:

Intrusive reactions are the ways in which the traumatic experience comes back to mind (e.g. flashbacks and dreams).

Withdrawal reactions are ways people use to keep away from intrusive reactions (e.g. avoid talking, avoid places and people).

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Death by suicide is neither impulsive, cowardly, vengeful, controlling, nor selfish. There is more to this tragic phenomenon than meets the eye.

It is a myth that suicide is an impulsive, spur-of-the-moment whim. In most of the situations that we encounter the person openly told friends and family, often for years, that he/she felt depressive and suicidal.

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Screening for Suicide Risk

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Existing psychiatric diagnosis

•Suicidal ideation and plan

•Prior attempt(s) and deliberate self-harm

•Anxiety and depression


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Posttraumatic Wellness

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Posttraumatic Reminders during festivities

Many people dread the Christmas holiday season. For them it is the worst time of the year, because this time is filled with lots of emotional triggers that we would rather avoid. Some associate this time with the death of loved ones or the separation because of divorce or emigration of family members.

The emotional triggers and loneliness are made worse by an inability to connect to the people around them because of deep rooted emotions such as fear, grief, rage and bitterness. We can be lonely in our own company as well as in the midst of friends and family.

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