What is corporate therapy?
Corporate therapy is a type of employee mental health support that gives everyone in your team the opportunity to talk in confidence to a qualified professional about anything that’s on their mind. A way to emotionally support your team, corporate therapy helps them deal with life’s challenges so that they can bring their best, happiest selves to work.
Corporate therapy is a specific type of employee mental health support that you can give to your team through the company as part of your overall employee benefits package. Offering access to therapy services for anyone in the organisation, corporate therapy gives your team a safe and confidential space to speak to a qualified professional about anything that’s taking up precious headspace.
By headspace, we mean anything that’s affecting your employees’ ability to focus, think creatively, speak up, meet deadlines, go the extra mile — in other words, to perform well at work. From struggling with stress, burnout, and anxiety, to needing guidance on how to navigate relationship problems, grief, or a new role in leadership, corporate therapy lets you emotionally support every single one of your employees. And that helps them continuously bring their best selves to work.
Why corporate therapy matters
The workforce is struggling, but long NHS waiting times and high private therapy costs mean people aren’t getting the help they need. Corporate therapy tackles these problems head on by giving your team instant access to high-quality therapy that’s free at the point of use.
One in four adults experience mental health challenges and life at work is often part of the problem. Workplace stress has climbed to an all-time high, 79% of employees in the UK experience burnout, and this year, 55% of employees will be unable to work or function, or feel unmotivated, flat, anxious, or low.
Clearly, the UK workforce is struggling and companies need to level up the corporate mental health support they give to their people.
That’s where corporate therapy comes in.
🚀 Corporate therapy supports business growth
Your people are your business and if they’re struggling, so is your company. Corporate mental health programs can help build emotional resilience, resolve workplace conflict, address burnout and stress, and improve communication. Put all this together, and you’ve got yourself a happier, engaged team ready to drive themselves — and your company — forward.
🚦 Corporate therapy is accessible and affordable
Therapy is notoriously difficult to access: 1.2 million people are on the waiting list for NHS mental health support, with waiting times hovering around 18 weeks, while private therapy can cost up to £180 for an hour-long session. As a result, thousands of people are being left to struggle. By providing your employees with corporate mental health support, you’re giving them instant access to corporate talking therapies that are free at the point of use, simultaneously overcoming two of the biggest barriers to mental health support.
🤐 Corporate therapy reduces mental health stigma
A staggering 87% of employees feel unable to discuss their mental health at work. The reasons are numerous: they could fear losing their job or damaging their career prospects, or worry about being treated differently as a result. Whatever the reason for not speaking up, it means the same thing — people are suffering in silence. Companies need to provide effective corporate mental health and wellbeing treatment that’s not only paid for by them (giving employees free access to support), but which is provided externally and is therefore confidential. By offering corporate therapy you’re signalling that your company is a safe and supportive place to work, and normalises the idea of getting extra support from qualified corporate therapists when life feels sticky.
How does corporate therapy work at Spill?
Spill is a specialist provider of corporate therapy. Offering next-day therapy sessions with a qualified and experienced corporate therapist, Spill removes the availability and cost barriers associated with accessing high-quality therapy:
💻 Access therapy in a few clicks via Slack, MS Teams, or our web app
💰 Start with a few struggling employees or support the whole team
🧠 Choose one-off sessions, courses, or message-based therapy
⚡ Provide tailored support from therapists specialising in OCD, burnout, anxiety, or 80+ other specialisms
🌏 Give inclusive access to therapy in 15 languages across 8 timezones
As a corporate therapy solution, that all sounds great. But what really sets us apart is our focus on proactive support.
Spill spots poor mental health for you
When we talk about corporate mental health, therapy is only really one half of the solution. The other (and arguably bigger) problem is that a lot of companies don’t know who is struggling.
Traditional corporate therapy and other workplace mental health support rely on the employee flagging that they’re struggling. But, in the midst of a difficult time that’s often the last thing to happen and having weekly 121s with everyone in the company to check how they’re feeling isn’t always possible.
Spill’s unique algorithm finds the people in your company that are struggling and proactively reaches out to them to offer support. It’s our way of making sure no employee slips through the cracks again. Known as Spill Safety Net, it’s one of our most-loved product features by the 600+ companies we support.
“Spill Safety Net gives us data which indicates where problems might emerge before they are problems.”
“Spill has helped me to see when someone might be struggling so we can find ways to support them.”
“To have Spill’s instant support there for the team is just priceless.”
Benefits of corporate therapy
Corporate therapy offers clear benefits to both employers and employees. From saving money and increasing company output, to improving employee performance and attracting top talent, offering corporate mental health support helps build a culture that prioritises mental health and employee wellbeing.
3 benefits of corporate therapy for employers
1. Corporate therapy reduces the number of sick days, staff turnover, and presenteeism due to mental health issues, saving your company an average of £1,529 per employee.
2. Corporate therapy increases company success by supporting your team's mental stressors and enabling them to do good work: 60% of employees felt more motivated at work once their employer took action to support mental wellbeing.
3. Corporate therapy attracts top talent and set your company apart from the rest, which is good news for the 81% of people prioritising workplace mental health support in their future job search.
3 benefits of corporate therapy for employees
1. Corporate therapy lets employees thrive in their role by building confidence, and improving motivation and productivity, meaning increased job satisfaction.
2. Corporate therapy gives employees a lifeline during some of life’s toughest times, like living with depression, dealing with divorce, and navigating grief.
3. Corporate therapy builds emotionally resilient employees, equipping them with the tools to cope with everyday pressures such as stress, burnout, and work-life balance.
“It was so easy to set up an appointment, and I felt a great rapport with my counsellor.”
“Spill has some great wraparounds to traditional therapy that improve the experience, such as the ability to choose your counsellor, share notes in advance, flexibility of appointments — not to mention the obvious, that your employer is paying.”
“I would recommend Spill to anyone that hasn't had the best experience with talking therapies in the past. I love the layout, the accessibility, and my Counsellor is amazing.”
“Having access to high quality therapy through your workplace is extremely valuable, especially in a time when private therapy is basically a luxury.”
Who is corporate therapy for?
Anyone in your company can use corporate therapy. Whether it's dealing with a diagnosed mental health condition, navigating feelings of loneliness from remote working, solving the underlying cause of sleep difficulties, or adjusting to big life events, corporate talking therapies benefit employees and leaders alike.
In short, corporate therapy is suitable for everyone in an organisation.
There’s a common misconception that corporate mental health support is only needed for people in severe emotional distress or with a diagnosed mental health condition, like depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
But actually, everyone can benefit from face-time with a corporate therapist. Big life changes like a relocation, a new job, a redundancy, a divorce, or a new child can all add strain to your employees’ mental wellbeing. Equally, ongoing problems (that are so often dismissed as ‘not important enough’) such as stress, trouble sleeping, and imposter syndrome can negatively impact performance at work.
Corporate therapy can help employees at every level deal with their unique challenges:
1. Corporate therapy supports employees experiencing work-related stress, anxiety, burnout, interpersonal conflicts, and other mental health challenges.
2. Corporate therapy helps managers and leaders develop the emotional intelligence needed to get the best out of their teams, while also supporting them through leadership pressures like imposter syndrome, building effective working relationships, burnout, setting boundaries, and growing in confidence.
3. Corporate therapy guides companies through times of workplace change, such as redundancies and restructuring, or coping with the death of a colleague to help manage uncertainty and adapt.
4. Corporate therapy provides personal support to employees with specific challenges, such as work-related trauma and harassment, or diagnosed mental health conditions that require a specialist approach.
5. Corporate therapy creates a supportive and inclusive work culture for remote and hybrid teams by helping to manage work-life balance and loneliness, navigate change and improve communication.
The business case for corporate therapy with Spill
Proactive mental health screening and personal therapy tools (like Spill) provide the highest return on investment of any employee wellbeing solution, with returns of £6.30 for every £1 spent.
If you’re looking to step-up your company’s approach to corporate mental health, chances are you’ve considered a few different options: employee assistance programmes (EAPs), gym memberships, mental health first aiders, and mindfulness apps are all marketed as solutions in this space.
But, they’re not the most effective: especially when it comes to the financial side of things.
When comparing employee wellbeing solutions, the highest return on investment (ROI) was achieved by providing a combination of proactive mental health screening and personal therapy. For every £1 invested, companies experience returns of £6.30.
Spill not only makes high-quality corporate therapy accessible, affordable, and free at the point of use: it proactively screens your team and flags anyone who’s struggling. And then, a qualified corporate therapist reaches out to offer personal support.
What makes Spill different from other corporate wellbeing solutions?
✅ Next-day corporate therapy sessions, including evenings and weekends
✅ Work with the top 13% of BACP- and NCS-registered corporate therapists
✅ Flexible pricing plans on a rolling 30-day contract
✅ 80+ areas of therapeutic expertise
✅ Therapy in 15 languages across eight time zones
✅ Detailed usage reports so you have complete control of spending
✅ Spill Safety Net, a proactive, company-wide mental health check-in tool
We’re on a mission to rid the world of unnecessary emotional pain. And we’re doing it by making effective corporate therapy sessions easy to access for people and valuable for businesses.
As of now, we’ve given 30,000+ employees over 65,000 corporate therapy sessions and have no intention of slowing down. So, what makes us different?
The answer is, we’re not just a corporate therapy portal (like most EAPs). We’re responsible for hiring our own therapists (our five-stage hiring process selects for only the top 13% of registered therapists), as well as managing their supervision, training, and performance. We don’t connect your teams with just anyone: we connect them with people we’ve personally vetted as the very best.
On top of that, our priority is, and always will be, helping people access corporate talking therapies. That’s why we offer flexible pricing plans on a 30-day rolling contract: so you can start with pay-as-you-go therapy for a few specific employees, or give proactive support to the whole team.
Even better, it takes just five minutes to set your team up with effective, proactive corporate therapy with Spill.
“As the person responsible for happiness in our company, you’ve made my job much easier.”
“Spill is now viewed at Filtered as indispensable.”
“Spill is more than just a tool – it's a game-changer in how we handle the emotional demands of our work.”
Corporate therapy FAQs
If they aren't answered below, you can always email one of the Spill team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll happily to help out.
During a corporate therapy session, your employee will openly and honestly talk to their corporate therapist about what’s troubling them. Through this discussion, your employee might start to notice patterns in their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours: they’ll become more self-aware. A corporate therapist will question these behaviours, helping your employee understand the deeply-held beliefs that shape their worldview — and where they came from.
Corporate therapy is about helping your employees identify their feelings, explore and understand their values, beliefs, and assumptions, and through collaborative problem-solving, supporting them in achieving their goals.
Absolutely, yes. Confidentiality is fundamental to all types of therapy and corporate therapists follow strict professional ethics standards to keep the information shared during therapy sessions private.
At Spill, we take confidentiality very seriously. Video corporate therapy sessions are over an end-to-end encrypted video service and all messages to and from therapists are secure (they can only be unlocked and viewed by the user receiving them). No data is visible to either Slack or MS Teams: those are portals used for authentication into our confidential online platform. Neither Spill nor the company paying for Spill will ever be able to access the content of Spill therapy sessions.
All kinds! A common misconception is that corporate mental health support is only suitable for someone with a diagnosed mental health condition or who is in emotional crisis. While it is absolutely essential that those individuals can access mental health support, corporate therapy can help with a variety of challenges — if it's taking up mental headspace and affecting mental wellbeing, it's worthy of a corporate therapy session.
Corporate therapy can help with: diagnosed mental health conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and OCD, workplace pressures like stress, imposter syndrome, burnout, working relationships, and conflict resolution, personal wellbeing concerns like sleeping difficulties, low self-esteem, loneliness, and work-life balance, and big personal and work-related events such as redundancy, restructuring, divorce, a new child, and bereavement.