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General, Interviews

The Clinic for Emotional Wellness Inc.

At Loszach Report, we are partnered with many fantastic companies working in the corporate wellness industry, and we want to spread the word about them!

Today, we are starting what will become a regular feature of this blog – we will interview the leaders of our partner companies to spread the word about the interesting services they provide, and find out what has inspired them to do what they do. We can all benefit from learning about the great services available for companies investing in corporate wellness.

The first person we have interviewed is David Michaels, CEO of The Clinic for Emotional Wellness, based in Vaughan, Ontario. This company was one of the first that we partnered up with, so it is our great pleasure to introduce them to followers of Loszach Report.

1. Can you please tell me about yourself? What led you to opening your private health clinic? How long have you been open / working in your field?

My name is David Michaels, and I am the founder and CEO of The Clinic for Emotional Wellness Inc. I have held various senior level health administration positions in government, public and private health sectors for almost 30 years. I hold a Master’s Health Administration degree from the Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

My experience in the mental health field began in 1989 when I was appointed the Administrator of one of Canada’s largest children’s mental health centers, where I served for over 15 years. In 2009, I opened The Clinic for Emotional Wellness to help meet the demand for mental health services for children, families, adolescents, adults, and organizations.

2. What is it exactly that The Clinic for Emotional Wellness does?

The Clinic for Emotional Wellness is a multi-disciplinary, private mental health facility which serves a broad range of clients including children, families, adolescents, adults, and organizations. The Clinic provides immediate help in dealing with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Relationships

and other issues.

The Clinic actively promotes and educates in the field of mental health for individuals and organizations and works to break down barriers which contribute to the fact that only about one in three Canadians who deal with mental health issues actually seek help.

3) What makes your service different and really stand out?

The Clinic is multi-disciplinary and has professionals with extensive experience and expertise from Psychology, Nursing, Social Work and Human Resources. We also have affiliations with professionals from other disciplines. As a private facility we are able to offer immediate assistance and our clinical associates are highly dedicated to helping people with a variety of challenges. Our approaches are evidence-based and well researched and have been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of presenting problems.

The Clinic is called upon for its expertise, most recently being consulted about the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, being developed by the Canadian Standards Association, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

 4) How can your service create positive change for business clients and their employees?

Mental health issues are now recognized as the main cause of lost productivity, absence and disability costs in the workplace. We help organizations improve the bottom line by providing organizations a broad range of services including:

  • Education and Training
  • Assessment
  • Referral and Monitoring
  • Treatment
  • Return to Work Planning and Follow-up

With specialists from diverse backgrounds including mental health, occupational health nursing and human resources, we provide organizations with a comprehensive approach to workplace mental health concerns.

We actively work to increase the knowledge base about mental health and help businesses and employees understand that “there is no health without mental health”.

5) Why did you agree to partner with Loszach Report?

We are delighted to partner with Loszach Report because of its interest in looking at organizational health from a number of perspectives, including mental health, and by doing so demonstrate that there is a real and significant relationship between physical health and mental health.

6) What advice would you give to HR people that manage wellness programs?

Increasing education about mental health is the best place to start.  Also, managers should be assessing their workplaces on a number of fronts regarding mental health and ensuring that they have a psychologically healthy workplace.

Managers should assess their organization’s ability to respond to mental health issues, both proactively and reactively. This should include reviewing benefits’ plans, access to services, education and promotion.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to David for being an excellent partner of Loszach Report and taking part in this interview. You can visit the website for The Clinic for Emotional Wellness right here.

Stayed tuned for our next interview, which we’ll be posting next week!

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