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Odyssey CBT Counselling Services

Odyssey CBT Counselling Services is an intervention that is behaviourally, not medically, based and targets improved function by utilizing strategies that encourage “self management” of chronic or recurrent disorders and encourage active coping. If the individual is employed, but off work, efforts are focused on a safe, timely and sustainable return to work. 

Odyssey CBT Counselling Services is an office based program that is brief and very structured. Referrals can be made by an employer, an insurer, a physician or by an individual.

When a return to work is delayed for no apparent reason it might seem logical to investigate the medical issues further, by suggesting that the employee seeks a second opinion, receives additional treatment or goes for another round of tests. However, managing return to work isn’t just about solving medical problems.

Most people who have a physical injury or a mental health issue think that as long as the doctor gets them the right treatment they’ll be ok. If they’re not ok then they start thinking that maybe they were given the wrong treatment or the wrong diagnosis. Often, however, neither the treatment nor the diagnosis is the problem.

In fact, looking for medical problems and medical solutions can delay rehabilitation further because the reasons for delay may not be medical.

It has been well established that non-medical (behavioural and psychological) factors are the primary determinants of significant absence from work[1]

Studies have shown that early intervention and a focus on staying at work decreases the use of sick leave and increases the likelihood of an employee staying at work or returning to the workplace as quickly as possible.   These services are designed to assist in the early detection and resolution of situations that may lead an employee to prolonged or repetitive absence from the workplace. 

Our outcome data demonstrates a success rate of between 85% and 90%.  

[1] ACOEM Guideline (2006): Preventing Needless Work Disability by Helping People Stay Employed. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2006), 48, 9, 972-987.