Occupational Health Psychology
Work can motivate people and give great personal satisfaction, but can unfortunately also make people sick. Work-related factors such as conflict and overload can cause or aggravate psychological symptoms and can lead to absenteeism.
Sometimes it is not quite clear why people experience difficulties. Does work create problems for people or do the complaints people have lead to problems at work? Sometimes it is a bit of both.
As an expert in the field of work and mental health, I can provide support to people with job-related psychological complaints. I offer interventions aimed at mental wellbeing at work, focusing on motivation, vitality, effectiveness, productivity and working pleasure.
The goals are focused on complaint-reduction, in case relevant return to work and improved functioning. The interventions contribute to less absenteeism and to an improvement in the quality of life of the client and the persons in his or her environment.
During coaching we look together where the bottlenecks are. How is it that you have become out of balance? What causes stress and tension? Are there things to change?
We will look at your strengts, qualities and talents; what can you do to regain a better balance? Perhaps only s few small adjustments are required to make you feel better, or perhaps you will need to make life-altering changes.
Within a safe environment, I will help help you take those first steps to regain better balance, and to finding the strenghts you have for you to create changes yourself. Remember, if you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.
For some time now you don’t feel quite like yourself. Perhaps you are easily annoyed, or you have a short temper. Perhaps you can no longer concentrate properly and your memory has become worse. You may have developed physical symptoms where no cause or explanation has been found. You feel tired, but you still have trouble sleeping. These signals could be signs of stress.
Modern life is complex. It can be full of frustrations, deadlines and demands. For many people stress has become quite normal, and if fact, stress does not always have to be bad. It can help some of us to be more motivated and perform better. But when stress is long-lasting, it will affect our mood, health, relationships and quality of life.
Some stress-related complaints or signals:
- Memory problems
- Concentration issues
- Anxiety and/or depressive complaints
- Physical (unexplained) symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, chest pain, more frequent colds, back pain or headache
- Quickly irritated
- Isolating yourself from others
- Too much or too little sleep
- Eating more or loss of appetite
- Self-medication by using alcohol, nicotine or drugs
You actually know you are suffering from stress, but you continue anyway. Have you ever thought; “Once that project is finished… once that new colleague will arrive…after that holiday I will feel better.” But what if that is not the case. Then it’s time to ask for help.
Prolonged stress can cause a burn-out. Take your symptoms seriously, take your health seriously!
If you are suffering from burn-out, you feel physical, emotional and psychological totally exhausted. You are cynical towards your work and/or work environment and you experience reduced personal accomplishment. This can be accompanied by memory and concentration problems, loss of emotional control, symptoms of anxiety, depression and physical stress symptoms.
Basically your proverbial ‘battery is empty’ and you can’t manage to recharge it.
Why do you develop burn-out?
Several causes trigger the development of burn-out. A common cause is work pressure. However, I have noticed that it is often not so much the workload, but rather a lack of control in your work.
There are also some personality traits that can add to the development of burnout. Often the most motivated people with a high sense of responsibility are susceptible. They go to the limit and beyond, to do everything to help others. While practiced in moderation these are great qualities to have, but they can also be a pitfall.
The requirements of today’s society are also an additional challenge; the 24/7 availability, we ‘must’ always be online, we ‘must’ do all sorts of things and we want to achieve excellence.
Recovering from burn-out
There you are. You never thought that this diagnosis would happen to you! The recovery process for a burn-out can be different for everyone. Rest can be essential in the beginning, but activation at a later stage is equally essential. It will be important to use a healthy lifestyle and take a good look at the different elements in your life; what gives you energy and what costs your energy. We’ll look together at your recovery process, by determining what your needs are and what you should change.
Re-Integration after burn-out
Part of the process includes accompanying you whilst returning to work. This can be in consultation with the company doctor and/or the employer. Sometimes returning to the same job is not beneficial for you. With the help of career coaching we will look at what can be better suited for you.
For more information please do not hesitate to me.
My name is Carin van Mol and am working as a psychologist work & health. I am engaged in the relationship between work and mental health, and guide people with work-related psychological problems. This may be in the area of stress and burn-out, but also in re-integration and preventing absenteeism.
I help people solve personal and/or work-related issues through coaching and psychological support.
In the past, I have worked full-time as a manager, which I combined with a part-time study at the University. So I know from my own experience How complicated it can be to maintain a good balance between work and private life.
I would like to accompany you in your quest for that balance.