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Understanding Your Rights When Unable to Work Due to Stress and Anxiety: Recovery from a CBH Therapist

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In the bustling environment of city life, professionals often find themselves grappling with unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety. It is imperative to understand your rights when unable to work due to these mental health challenges. Leveraging insights from Bohangar City Practice, we delve into the nuances of navigating this sensitive terrain, guided by the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH).

The Legal Framework: Your Rights Explained

Understanding your rights in the face of debilitating stress and anxiety is the first step towards safeguarding your mental well-being. Employees are entitled to sick leave, and in some cases, may avail of disability benefits. It is crucial to consult with a legal expert to explore the specific provisions applicable to your scenario.

Your Rights in the UK When Unable to Work Due to Stress and Anxiety

In the UK, employees have specific rights and protections when they are unable to work due to stress and anxiety. Here’s a brief overview:

  1. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): If you’re an employee and have been off work due to illness (which includes stress and anxiety) for four consecutive days or more, you may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.
  2. Fit Note: If you’re off sick for more than seven days, your employer will usually ask for a fit note (or sick note) from a GP or hospital. This note will provide evidence of the illness and may also offer advice to the employer about the effects of the illness.
  3. Disability Discrimination: Stress and anxiety can, in some cases, be considered a disability under the Equality Act 2010. If so, employers have a legal duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help the disabled worker continue with their job.
  4. Unfair Dismissal: If you’re dismissed because of an illness related to stress or anxiety, you might have a case for unfair dismissal. However, this largely depends on the circumstances, such as the nature of the job, the impact of the absences on the business, and the likelihood of future absences.
  5. Health and Safety: Employers have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. This includes mental health. If work is causing stress or exacerbating an existing condition, employers need to assess the risk and take steps to reduce it.
  6. Confidentiality: Employers must keep details about an employee’s health confidential. This includes details about any medical conditions and the number of days taken sick.

Seeking Guidance and Support

If you believe that your stress and anxiety are related to your work, it’s essential to speak to your employer. They may be able to offer support, such as counselling or a temporary reduction in workload.

For detailed guidance on your rights and employer responsibilities, it’s advisable to refer to the UK Government’s official guidance on handling employee illnesses.

The Role Of CBH In Recognition And Recovery

Understanding one’s mental state and acknowledging the signs of chronic stress and anxiety that hamper daily functioning is crucial. Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) offers a structured approach to this recognition. Through CBH, individuals can delve deep into the root causes of their anxiety, understand their triggers, and develop coping mechanisms. Grounded in evidence-based psychological principles and the strategic use of hypnosis, CBH can be a beacon of hope for those navigating the turbulent waters of workplace anxiety.

In conclusion, the issue of being unfit for work due to anxiety is not just an individual concern but a societal one. With rising statistics pointing towards increasing workplace anxiety in the UK, it’s essential for both employers and employees to recognise the signs and seek appropriate interventions. CBH stands as a promising approach in this journey towards mental well-being.

Balancing Different Factors

When unfit for work due to anxiety, it is crucial to balance various factors, including personal well-being and professional commitments. CBH encourages individuals to take a step back, assess the situation objectively, and make informed decisions that consider both immediate and long-term impacts.

Challenges Associated With Different Approaches

While seeking therapy, one might encounter challenges such as societal stigma and the fear of professional repercussions. It is essential to navigate these challenges with a supportive network, possibly facilitated by organisations like the Bohangar City Practice, which fosters a safe and confidential environment for therapy.

Impact Consideration In Decision-Making

Making decisions about returning to work post-therapy involves considering the potential impact on one’s mental health. CBH equips individuals with the tools to make such decisions judiciously, ensuring a smooth transition back to the work environment without compromising mental well-being.

The Role of CBH in Addressing Work-Related Stress and Anxiety

CBH, a cornerstone of Bohangar City Practice, integrates cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnosis to foster a holistic approach to mental health. It empowers individuals to identify and alter negative thought patterns, thereby facilitating a healthier response to stressors. Let’s delve deeper into how CBH can be a game-changer in your recovery journey:

  • Self-awareness and Mindfulness: CBH encourages individuals to cultivate self-awareness, helping them to pinpoint the triggers of their stress and anxiety.
  • Relaxation Techniques: Through hypnosis, one learns relaxation techniques that can be a powerful tool in alleviating anxiety symptoms.
  • Cognitive Restructuring: CBH aids in restructuring detrimental cognitive patterns, fostering a positive outlook towards work and life.

Balancing Recovery and Professional Commitments

Balancing recovery with professional responsibilities is a delicate act. It involves a series of trade-offs, including potentially reducing work hours or taking a temporary leave of absence. It is essential to communicate openly with your employer, while also seeking support through therapy to navigate this period effectively.

Challenges in Navigating the Recovery Journey – Case Studies

The road to recovery is fraught with challenges, including societal stigma and self-imposed pressure to return to work prematurely. It is vital to approach this journey with patience, giving oneself the time and space to heal fully.

Case Study 1 – The Overwhelmed Executive

Background: Sarah, a senior executive, constantly felt the weight of her responsibilities. The mounting pressures of her role led to sleep disturbances and heightened anxiety.

Challenge: With a demanding job and high expectations, Sarah needed a way to manage her stress and prevent burnout.

How CBH Could Help: Through Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH), Sarah could learn to identify her stress triggers and develop coping mechanisms. Techniques like cognitive restructuring could help her challenge negative thought patterns, while relaxation methods could offer a respite from daily pressures.

Case Study 2 – The Perfectionist Manager

Background: Tom, always striving for perfection, found himself in a cycle of self-doubt and worry. His need to constantly meet targets and exceed expectations was taking a toll on his mental well-being.

Challenge: Tom’s perpetual state of anxiety was affecting both his professional performance and personal life.

How CBH Could Help: CBH could introduce Tom to strategies that address his perfectionist tendencies. By understanding and reframing his thought processes, he could learn to set realistic expectations for himself and manage his anxiety more effectively.

Case Study 3 – The Stressed Employee

Background: Aisha, despite being competent at her job, faced challenges in her workplace environment, including undue pressures and negative interactions, leading to heightened stress levels.

Challenge: Aisha’s work environment was affecting her mental health, making her dread her job and impacting her overall well-being.

How CBH Could Help: Aisha could benefit from CBH by learning assertiveness techniques and strategies to cope with workplace stress. By understanding her reactions to certain triggers, she could develop a proactive approach to handling challenging situations.

Case Study 4 – The Doubtful Professional

Background: Emily, although skilled and qualified, constantly doubted her abilities. This lack of self-confidence made her second-guess her decisions and fear failure.

Challenge: Emily’s self-doubt was hindering her potential and growth in her professional life.

How CBH Could Help: Through CBH, Emily could explore the root causes of her self-doubt. Techniques like cognitive restructuring could help her challenge these beliefs, and relaxation methods could aid in reducing anxiety related to performance. Over time, she could build confidence and trust in her abilities.


Each case study illustrates the transformative power of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in addressing various forms of work-related stress and anxiety. It is a journey of healing and rediscovery, where individuals learn to navigate challenges with resilience and grace, guided by expert interventions at Bohangar City Practice. It is a testimony to the fact that with the right guidance and therapeutic intervention, one can overcome even the most daunting challenges and lead a fulfilling life.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specialising in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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