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Apheideo Associates

Employee Counselling and Welfare Support

"Experience and Expertise"


Apheideo Associates, a workplace counselling team and consultants in employee counselling, have been providing employee counselling and welfare support to the employees of a wide range of organisations since January 2003. It is our mission to provide expert mental health and welfare support in the workplace.


Coronavirus - keeping safe

Apheideo Associates are wholly committed to the Public Health Agency's advice on dealing with COVID-19 and will observe the recommended protocols. On the following Services   page (on the menu tab above or click on the link) you can read about our arrangements in continuing to provide employee counselling and welfare services and keeping employees and practitioners safe. Including the guidance 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' and hand washing guidance, we will ensure that our office is frequently cleaned and disinfected in accordance with PHA advice.


Everyone can also help stop COVID-19 spreading by:

Avoiding touching your face and washing your hands as soon as you get home.

If you go outside stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.

Remember, you can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms.




Helpful information on our services page regarding Covid-19


Changing the landscape...

Living through a global pandemic and dealing with the impact on all areas of our lives, including family, friendships and work, led to a huge spike in demand for all kinds of counsellors.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) says last year it saw a 58% increase in monthly enquiries to therapists listed in its directory, compared with 2019.

In 2021, 33% of people said they had consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist, according to a BACP survey with YouGov, up from 21% in 2010.

Far from declining BACP says demand for therapy now "appears to be greater than it's ever been".

"Therapists are still seeing people who are dealing with the consequences of Covid-19 and coming to terms with the impact the pandemic has had on their lives, such as bereavement, isolation, and anxiety, but also a range of other issues in society at the moment including the rising cost of living, war, and climate change," says BACP's deputy chief executive, Fiona Ballantine Dykes.

Suzanne Bearne, BBC Business reporter; 1 September 2022



The residue of trauma left behind...

Undoubtedly, these are testing times, and some key workers are exposed to incidents that you would not ordinarily have to deal with. A traumatic reaction happens when you lose the sense of having a safe place to retreat to and find yourself ruminating about frightening emotions or experiences. This leads to a state of helplessness where you feel that your actions have no bearing on the outcomes for your life. If that becomes the case, you need to talk to someone. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a chat. Any of employee counselling team will be happy to provide you with support.

Keep safe and keep well.



The Vital Role of Counselling ​(Natalie Bailey, Chair BACP)

“The role of professional therapists is now more important than ever as people come to terms with the mental health impact of illness, bereavement, isolation, insecurity, changing work and family circumstances and general anxiety at such an uncertain time.

Many counsellors and psychotherapists are already playing a vital role on the front line of this epidemic, supporting the most vulnerable people, including medical staff and other key workers who are struggling with their own mental health.

“As the crisis grows, the need for urgent therapeutic support will only increase and professional therapists will also be critical in the longer-term, in rebuilding the fabric of the nation and helping people to return to normality."

What our customers are saying...

The Chief Executive of a Council in Northern Ireland commenting on a reduction in sick absence from 15.4 days a year to 5.8 days credited Apheideo Associates with "providing support that directly reduced sick absence - specifically long-term sick absence".

"The support you have offered and the outcome for our organisation is immeasurable".

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Get in touch!


Apheideo Associates

Regus Business Centre

Forsyth House

Cromac Street

Belfast BT2 8LA


Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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