From 1993-1994, my graduate school internship was at the Federal Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) where I provided counseling and workshops to the employees of the Federal Government in New York City. Since then I have provided EAP services to dozens of major corporations and institutions headquartered in and around New York. When relocated to Miami I launched the onsite Employee Assistance Program at the American Express Company headquarted in Fort Lauderdale, FL and served there over three dynamic years.
Since the early days of EAPs which initially focused on the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse on the job, the recognition of the impact of personal and workplace stress and trauma on the American worker has taken a front seat in the minds of HR professionals, business owners, and mental health practitioners. The estimated costs of “absenteeism” and “presenteeism” (on the job but not really “present” due to outside personal and family pressures, emotional and relationship problems, alcohol and drug issues - on and/or off the job, medical concerns, and stress on the job) is enormous both for employers and their employees due to lost revenue, wages, and of course, productivity. Companies offering their employees free and confidential services to address these issues - sooner rather than later - is the best investment an employer can make to boost productivity and morale on the job.
In addition to providing short term general mental health and trauma counseling onsite and in my private office, I have provided acute incident trauma services for hundreds of employees, both individuals and groups following major events and disasters, including 9/11. Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD) are a proven way to help ameliorate the immediate signs and symptoms of exposure to a traumatic incident. Given my training as a trauma therapist that incorporates the understanding of how the nervous system becomes dysregulated during times of stress and trauma, I incorporate easy to use safe practices that facilitate the regulation of the autonomic nervous system, accelerating the participant’s ability to return to their previous level of functioning - sometimes even better than before the incident due to the nature of the somatic experience. Should an employee show signs of PTSD months later, I am able to provide them with a deeper level of care or refer them to the practitioner best suited for them.
Individual or group sessions are provided onsite, in my office, and via Skype or Zoom.
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