What do you get when you combine a licensed clinical social worker with a consultant and a business coach? You get our guest, Kay Gimmestad who is an LCSW and who introduces herself as, “a consultant and business coach with a clinical background”. She works primarily with smaller companies, 1-75 employees and due to size, are unlikely to have a Human Resource department or Employee Assistance programs. She tells us,”The issues that I address are substance abuse and mental health issues in the workplace, crisis management, stress management and domestic violence”. The aim of her work is to assist the individual to a point where they are able to return to full-time work and once again, be excellent employees. In other words, to help both the company and the employee.
Kay began her career as a social worker in hospitals and had an individual counseling practice. She had always had an interest in business and working with companies and thus she moved into the Employee Assistance Programs field.As she tells us,” Just a few months after I started working in the EAP field, 9/11 happened and I was dispatched to help one of our client companies in the World Trade Center. That assignment went on until Spring of 2006”.Since that assignment, she has staffed a variety of crisis situations such as,” helping employees deal with a critically ill co-worker, death of an employee, layoffs, threats of violence and workplace shootings”.