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Getting it right for this generation to empower the next – James Elliott, the Sarena Clinic
Episode 7621st March 2024 • Beyond The Water Cooler • Lisa LLoyd
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Two psychotherapists in conversation...

This episode of the podcast is an interesting one. James Elliott, of the Sarena Clinic, explains what needs to be done now to shape a healthier workforce for the future. And it's simple stuff. 

We need to equip employees with the knowledge and tools to empower themselves and their children to experience meaning and fulfilment, and that supports good mental wellbeing.

And we need to demonstrate empathy, based on knowing our teams well, so that we enable human needs to be met....

You know those days when your head is elsewhere because something significant is occupying your brain? Your teenager has become alien to you and you're concerned. Your finances are too tight. You're worried about a medical issue.

What do you need most? 

Probably, someone who knows you, who trusts and respects you, and who will give you the time and space you need.

What happens then? You're able to focus on what is front of mind and resume work. 

That's better than the common alternative which is to continue work as normal whilst holding the strain of being unable to do what feels most important. Think about the different outcomes in terms of performance, sick leave, burnout and resentment.

What gets in the way of you being human?

More about James:

James Elliott is a psychotherapist, resilience coach, ex British airborne forces, multiple world record holder, father, and author, with an MSc in War + Psychiatry.

As the Head of Psychotherapy at Sarena Clinic, he leads a team of qualified and compassionate professionals who provide high-quality and personalised health care to our clients. James has over 4 years of experience as a psychotherapist, working with veterans, prison leavers, and other vulnerable groups to help them cope with their challenges and find their way in life. He is passionate about using his clinical and academic knowledge to create a supportive and respectful environment for clients, where they can explore their emotions, beliefs, and behaviours, and achieve their goals.

Links to contact James:

LinkedIn: James Elliott MSc


Instagram: @jameselliottofficial

The Sarena Clinic: Sarena Clinic

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Leadership & Manager Labs (

Engagement Action Plans - It's Time for Change (

Stress Mapping - It's Time for Change (

Tackling Anxiety Collectively - It's Time for Change (

The Emotional Needs Audit - It's Time for Change (

Think Yourself Resilient: Harness Your Emotions. Build Your Confidence. Transform Your Life. - James Elliott (

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