Holistic recovery a PeopleSense priority

29/06/2017 - 12:10

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PeopleSense started as a three-person operation servicing the local market, but has grown into a large organisational consultancy firm with 100-plus staff and a national presence. 

Holistic recovery a PeopleSense priority
Darrin Brandis has given PeopleSense a national presence. Photo: Attila Csaszar

PeopleSense started as a three-person operation servicing the local market, but has grown into a large organisational consultancy firm with 100-plus staff and a national presence.

The business was founded in 2005 by practising psychologist Darrin Brandis, who wanted to develop a service that supported the holistic recovery of those experiencing trauma, given trauma’s history of being ‘untreatable’, with medication the only prescribed intervention.

Despite entering an already mature market, competing against larger companies with established relationships, in little more than a decade PeopleSense has become a leader in the psychological consultancy space with a range of clients in both the business and government sector.

It is now the ‘go-to’ organisation for first-responders, such as the Fire Service, St John Ambulance and Police, and is also the accredited vocational rehabilitation provider for government agencies Comcare (Federal) and WorkCover WA.

Headquartered in Subiaco, PeopleSense provides specialist assistance to increase patients’ physical and psychological capability following surgery, mental health difficulties or chronic disease, which incorporates a range of services aimed at supporting all people-related issues in the workplace.

The organisation offers holistic injury management, counselling (employee assistance programs) and organisational development services, with particular specialities in the treatment of mental health illnesses.

PeopleSense also provides unique clinical interventions for the treatment of trauma and has a proven success rate of rehabilitating those affected by post-traumatic stress disorder into the workforce.

The organisation said it had trained the highest number of psychologists in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing – the leading treatment for removing significant levels of distress associated with traumatic events – and had leveraged technology in order to service regional areas.

PeopleSense said it would continue to integrate new techniques into its practices and explore two potential partnerships over the next 12 months – one with a group in wearable technologies and another in a self-monitoring wellness app.

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