The nature of work in the creative industries
is both exciting and demanding, with enormous pressure to deliver
creatively and commercially. In these types of environment, a certain
amount of stress tends to be inevitable, especially for high-level
executives and creatives.
The Arts Clinic offers a sophisticated
and flexible approach to deal with the many problems which present
simply as stress.
Our main aim is to enable people to achieve Stress Competence
i.e. the ability to work in these exciting situations in a balanced
and productive way that enhances their performance.
The first step is a computer-based
psychological health screening, together with a full personal psychological,
medical and occupational history. This takes approximately one hour
and forty minutes.
The results of this investigation are then discussed with the client.
In certain cases, this process is sufficient in itself and no further
intervention is required.
Otherwise, taking into account the cause and nature of the problem
presenting as stress, a number of different options may be recommended:-
1. A Stress
Management Programme consisting of five further fifty-minute, weekly
sessions specifically designed to suit the needs of those in the creative
industries. The programme includes elements from our creative mentoring
programme for maximum benefit.
initial assessment may show that more in-depth counselling or psychological
intervention is required, for example when the stress caused by a
life event impinges on work performance. This would usually consist
of ten to twelve weekly, fifty-minute sessions.
Funding for treatment is
often negotiable through a client's individual or company health insurance.
In other instances a company takes responsibility for areas of the
programme related to training.
The Arts Clinic also offers
a specialised support programme designed to help clients facing particular
difficulties in the present which would respond to a structured, time-limited
support programme. This type of programme is valuable, for example,
in enabling a client to cope with a demanding promotional schedule,
to deal with anxiety over a film or television shoot, or to work through
the difficulties arising from restructuring an organsiation or department.
The programme focuses upon
present and future issues and does not concentrate on the client's
Following assessment, the
programme comprises: Six sessions with a counsellor or psychologist.