Workplace Harassment and Bullying
Over the last decade, more and more patients have been coming into my office talking about challenges they are facing with harassment and bullying in their workplaces. In 2009, with Donna Marshall M.A., I developed the HEART (Harassment Education Advisory Response Team) program to prevent, manage and address these issues in workplaces across North America. The program has been presented to the senior team at the Ontario Ministry of Labour and has been endorsed by the Ontario Psychological Association as the only psychologically sound approach to workplace harassment. But, even when companies implement programs like HEART, there are still many individuals who have been psychologically harmed and can benefit from working with therapists who are uniquely skilled and experienced to help them.
At Dr. Stephanie Bot and Associates, our therapists are educated in harassment legislation and understand the unique psychological impact of workplace trauma. We offer psycho-legal reports for lawyers of harassment victims and we assist individuals suffering from workplace trauma in rebuilding self-esteem, confidence and an ability to advocate for themselves. In additions to our various programs supporting victims of harassment, we have also developed programs that rehabilitate individuals who communicate with overly aggressive, sexual and/or manipulative attitudes and behaviours. Oftentimes, individuals labeled as bullies do not recognize the negative impact of their communication style but through building self-awareness and encouraging a more empathic approach we can usually facilitate a more effective communication pattern moving forward.