Personal & Relationship Counselling

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Employee Assistance Programme

Personal & Relationship Counselling is a Plymouth based private practice of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, who have been successfully providing counselling to companies and private clients in Plymouth since 1994. We have been contracted to provide an EAP service for the over 15 years in the Dockyard, to both Babcock Marine and before that DML.
Our aim is to support staff and the company by reducing sickness levels, keeping staff well in work and improving communication between HR, management and staff. We also provide counselling and supervision for other large employers in Plymouth including, University of Plymouth and St Lukes Hospice.

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We have been in Practise for over 20 years and have built up an excellent reputation. Our practitioners are experienced and well qualified. We have a proven track record of working collaboratively with employers, who wish to support their staff in being as psychologically well as possible. As you are most likely aware, mental health problems including depression, stress and anxiety related disorders are now the number one reason for work absence. This is costly to both the individual and the employer.

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We also offer supervision and training for managers, HR workers and welfare officers. The people that use this service, have experienced measurable improvements in the management of their own and employees stress and anxiety. They also feel supported in sharing the distress that working with people can cause. We have counsellors that have undertaken intensive training, both for individuals and organisations in Supervision, Tutoring, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Life Coaching.

Employee Assistance Programmes are in a unique position - unlike any other support mechanism, they benefit both the individual and the organisation.

In short, EAP's represent a cost effective solution to many of the 'peoples problems' employers face today.

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As we are a local company we can offer our services at a more reasonable rate, whilst still providing an ethical and professional service working within the BACP Ethical Framework.

There is no set up charge, use us as your Employee Counselling Service and only get charged for what you use.

If you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact Nigel Summerton on 01752 266000 or email

EAPs benefit employers, employees: Review

We note an independent review commissioned by the Prime Minister in January 2017, which led to the publication in October 2017 of “Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/Farmer Review of Mental Health and Employers”
The review looks at how employers can better support all employees, including those with poor mental health in the workplace, and facilitate them thriving at work. In this context we note that statistics from the Department of Work & Pensions, reveal that 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs each year. The report reveals a demonstrable cost to employers, and goes on to quantify for the first time, how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity. It goes onto demonstrate that evaluations of workplace interventions show a return to business of between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 invested.

Click here to read more on Thriving at work - The Stevenson / Farmer Review .

Mental ill-health: a hidden problem that undermines British businesses


Nigel Summerton and Jo Maguire facilitate a Stress Awareness Workshop which can be held at your business premises or your employees can come into our practice at Looe Street.

Each workshop can be adapted to suit the needs of your business, we recommend that it is run over at least 3 half day’s as this increases the impact of the learning, which results in a more established and effective use of the techniques and skills taught during training.

This workshop will cover;

  • Awareness of External & Internal Stress

  • Stressful and Stress Less Communication

  • How our bodies react Psychologically & Physiologically when under stress

  • Learning new techniques to deal with stress

    By the end of the course members will be able to;

  • Identify their own personal internal physical, mental and emotional stress indicators (alarms) and use them as a warning to commence managing their own stress levels. Using the techniques offered to them during the training day.

  • Understand how to manage their own internal responses to the stressors that they are experiencing, through using techniques offered during the training.

  • Identify external stressors, and find out when and how to address them using communication techniques drawn from counselling and coaching traditions.

  • Consider how communication with others in stressful situations can be managed, to reduce the possibility of toxic relationships forming.

  • Consider work and home life balance.... a happy employee is a productive employee.

    We also offer other courses on increasing employee well being; we can address issues such as bullying and communication skills for managers and supervisors; with courses such as ‘Nip it in the Bud’ a course aimed at the prevention and management of bullying in the workplace, and ‘Communication Skills for Effective Leaders'.

    If you are interested in these courses or would like to discuss other issues, please click here.

  • Testimonials from employees who attended our Stress Awareness Workshop;

    ”A really enjoyable day, enthusiastically presented with examples that are practical - I intend to use these in my daily work”.

    “Thank you for a very informative course. It certainly made me aware of the danger signs and gave me ideas of solutions and techniques to manage my stress levels”.

    “It was a well managed course that not only allowed me to recognise stress in others but to manage my own stress levels”.

    "Very good course. Made more aware of how to notice stress and actions/responses to make my life more enjoyable".

    “Very well presented by both course leaders – gave me a clear insight into what causes stress and the way to try to avoid”.

    “Excellent course – very helpful & enjoyable”.

    “A very useful course, I have learnt some good techniques – Thanks very much”.

    “Good content, very well presented. A lot to take in but very informative and will be very important in my role”.

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