Business and Corporate Counseling

For Small or Large Groups

 
Dr. Patricia Munhall, N.C. PsyA, CHt
Voted "Best Of" Psychotherapists, 2004
by Family, Health and Fitness Magazine

Call (305) 461-2459
or email pmunhall@aol.com

Wherever and whenever people are together for long periods of time, conflicts, interpersonal difficulties, and reactions to change impinge on the group with varying effects. Most people who work together in a service industry, business, corporation or academic setting recognize the many challenges that beset group cooperation and successful constructive change. Perceptions of a colleague’s personality, your own work ethic, your ability to communicate and get along with fellow workers are all in an active dynamic interplay with potential for positive and negative outcomes.

In the past when group problems inhibited a group from attaining their goals, or if the CEO was not able to achieve cooperation from those who worked for him/her, business consultants were called in to advise the business or corporation how to develop team spirit within their domain, how to exercise leadership skills and provide exercises that teach ways to learn how to cooperate with one another. What has become apparent to business and corporations is that these exercises and programs are short lived. The outcomes usually do not last and do not change perceptions. Most importantly they do not focus on understanding complex psychological dynamics that influence how each person performs, behaves and interacts with colleagues.

To focus on the complex psychological dynamics of people in a business or corporation and to solve the following problems:

  • gridlock,
  • conflicts,
  • underachievement,
  • antagonisms,
  • power struggles,
  • obstructive behavior
  • deceptive practices,
  • and other forms of non-cooperation
  • interpersonal issues

What is needed is an experienced corporate psychotherapist, who possesses a dazzling tool kit to cure these complex problems. Underlying each one of the above mentioned problems is a psychological dynamic and until dealt with constructively will continue to be problematic.

Today’s rapid focus on change can be dizzying. Psychotherapists are extremely well educated to support and enhance the change process whether it is with an individual or large group. They have advanced degrees in group processes, individual analysis of personalities; they understand the issues of transitions and realize the critical role of perceptions. They are able to formulate direct interventions that help businesses and corporations, who are make up of people, including managers and CEO’s, excel. Whatever one’s role is with the help of corporate therapist insights can be gained which will propel forward motion, adaptation to change and the ability to cooperate with colleagues.

That many problems of organization are psychological and perceptual is demonstrated in listening to individuals complain about their work situation.

The dominant complaint is usually another person’s actions and behaviors and the complaints are rampant.

This is where most of the “acting out” behaviors originate. To a corporate therapist this is his or her place of expertise. The outcome of intervention at this level is the beginning of changes within people and between people that not only improves morale but dramatically improves job performance. With understanding comes change and with change comes a more productive and harmonious work situation and with increased productivity comes greater pride and also greater profits!!!

Using the same tools of promoting self-discovery, personal growth and resolving conflicts Dr. Munhall approaches a corporation as a group of individuals. An expert on group process and group dynamics she assesses the group in interaction, learns the perceptions of individuals in the group, as well as the leaders, managers and/or CEO, President. Leadership at the top is well known to be the key to success, so that Dr. Munhall assists that individual to develop the demanding and challenging skills to lead individuals towards a shared vision. It is critical that the leader in any organization has incredibly advanced communication skills, sensitivity to workers perceptions and confidence in herself or himself.

How does it work?

  • Analysis of the organization of people as a whole: Dr. Munhall attends meetings and completes group dynamics assessments. Her work is completely confidential and never communicated to anyone other than the specific individual who has been interviewed.
  • Talks to individuals to learn of their perceptions, worries, complaints, goals and any other information important to that individual
  • Assesses leader’s approach and communication skills. Analyzes the effects of particular leadership style
  • Talks with leaders and managers to learn their perceptions, worries, complaints, goals and any other information important to them.
  • Assesses stress level of individual and managers. Develops Stress Release programs for each person
  • Analysis of interpersonal communication and identifies conflicts. Conflict resolution therapy techniques are used
  • Analysis of individuals and managers strengths. Maximizes the use of strengths through counseling techniques.
  • Develops following programs: mentoring and executive coaching, conflict resolution, developing positive attitudes, sharing the goals and vision, workshops for stress, managing family and work demands, overcoming obstacles, etc.

Dr. Munhall also uses the Mirror Reflection Technique, principles from the Mind Motivation Method and the Conciliatory Method (all described on this site) among other therapeutic techniques.

Results obtained: groups work better, morale is increased, leadership is effective and propels success, productivity is increased, interpersonal skills for clear communication are developed, conflicts are resolved, misperceptions are corrected and cooperation is attained.

People can actually like going to work, respect one another, work together toward goals, and the work place can be a healthy, productive environment.

 


 

Patricia Munhall, PhD, EdD, PsyA, CHt
Voted "Best Of" Psychotherapists, 2004
by Family, Health and Fitness Magazine

Call (305) 461-2459
or email pmunhall@aol.com