Burnout

Burnout is a special type of stress – and it doesn’t just come from working long hours (although that can certainly contribute over time). Burnout can be caused by a variety of factors including a lack of work/life balance, unclear job expectations, a dysfunctional workplace, a lack of support or poor job fit. Those who work in a helping professional are especially at risk. Common symptoms of burnout include depression, cynicism and lethargy. If left unaddressed, burnout can affect your physical health contributing to numerous ailments including insomnia, high cholesterol and heart disease. But the good news is that burnout does not have to be a permanent condition. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s burnout experts to start your journey towards recovery!

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Vicarious trauma is a real thing. First responders, helping professionals and caregivers are susceptible to trauma and burnout. I have worked with those who have experienced this, as a wellness coordinator for mental health professionals. Using a positive psychology framework, I assist clients in gaining a sense of meaning, establishing healthy boundaries and enhancing positive emotions.

— Christina Scott, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portsmouth, OH

Burnout is a commonly used term to describe mood and motivational disturbances associated with a person’s paid or unpaid work. It is related to compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress, but burnout implies the involvement of administrative expectations and working conditions that are unrealistic and/or unreasonable. Burnout is on the rise in the U.S., and I’ve helped people find their way back from it since 2013.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist
 

Burnout is a mental, physical, and emotional state that looks like a mix of depression and anxiety. Some of the most common forms of burnout are pandemic fatigue, work burnout, parenting burnout, caregiving fatigue, and compassion fatigue. I am trained in multiple therapies and approaches to support burnout recovery and burnout resistance.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

Being part of several EAPs, I actively work with clients across many professions in identifying components of their burnout journey as well as how to best approach it. Like compassion fatigue, we will work together to develop a healthy plan of action to cope with burnout at your pace.

— Ambre Hriso, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bayonne, NJ
 

People in your life don’t seem to understand: You’ve tried to just “power through,” trying to keep up with the expectations, until you suddenly realized that you’re exhausted and need to escape to your room to isolate for hours, days or weeks on end—but you still don’t know why.

— Karl Reichert, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

You are an individual who has many roles and sometimes your mental health (just like your physical health) might be pushed back. That is when we start to feel empty and we notice a shift into other areas of our life. Our time together can be the recharging for you to feel your best and continue to give back to all of your other roles--including to yourself--with more balance.

— Dania Uritskiy, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma can affect caregivers, first responders, and people in the helping professions especially hard. Burnout can be present at work, at school, and in our personal lives. My goal is to help you re-connect with your values, your community, and your deeper meaning in navigating through this tough time.

— Jane Teixeira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I'm particularly adept at supporting health care workers like doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and students of health professions. Other professions I support when people are feeling burnout include code monkeys and tech workers, other therapists and professional helpers, teachers, and social or environmental justice workers.

— Robin DeBates, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA
 

I know there are good reasons for your exhaustion and lack of joy in your chosen path right now, especially if you are an essential worker in the current pandemic. I am happy to work with you to devise a plan that truly helps to restore your hope, inspiration, and satisfaction - either with what your are doing now, or an alternative path that is calling you. Together, we can find a way through your difficulties!

— Sandra Geary, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gallup, NM

Is the last request just too much? Do you find that you have a shorter and shorter fuse, perhaps leading to an unexpected emotional response? Do you find that something that never used to not bother you at all is now pushing you over the edge? These are a few signs of burnout. Setting boundaries with work, family, or friends is just one of the ways we can find a way back to being your happier and productive self.

— Dr. David Shoup, Psychologist in Pacifica, CA
 

Although it can be difficult to choose to focus on yourself, activists, campaign, and front line relief workers report commonly experiencing frustration, anger, and burnout. As you grow and discover your understanding of the world and your passion for improving it, you may have reached a point where you run out of steam. I am here to offer you a safe space to process your story, discuss your anger, and grieve the losses.

— Ashley MacLaren, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Our clients come from high-pressure careers including, but not limited to, healthcare, finance and law. We are skilled in supporting stress management, recovery, and relationship improvement for this demographic.

— Aleana Krupinsky, Clinical Social Worker in Morrisville, NC
 

Coaching and Therapy Program, "From Burnout to Bliss" 6 step program specifically designed to help those in the helping professions, moms, and other caregivers to address their unique needs and create flourishing lives and careers.

— Jessi Frothingham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Medical professionals often enter their fields because of a desire to help others. But being a member of a helping profession can be overwhelming at times causing you to disconnect from your patients and even your friends and family members. I can help you reconnect with the satisfaction of caring for others, learn to maintain good professional boundaries and care for yourself along the way.

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA
 

Let's be real here, life is fucking stressful. From work, to families, to relationships, and everything in between, it is easy to get caught up obsessing over productivity. In a system that values overwork, it can be incredibly difficult to find balance. I am here to help you find that place where you can be both productive and at peace. It's tough, but it is possible!

— Elyssa Helfer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Is the clock ticking ever more slowly at work? Do you wake up dreading the day, and finding that even days off are a drag? Are you feeling uninspired in the areas that used to inspire you? That could be burnout. High performers, at work and at home, are especially susceptible to "square wheel syndrome" - that feeling that everything requires more effort than it should and the loss of "flow". There are ways to address this, but everyone has a different path. Let me help you find yours.

— Pamela Suraci, Marriage & Family Therapist in CA & UT, CA
 

You feel depleted. Your personal life and/or your health is suffering because you work all the time. You may be feeling jaded, cynical or hopeless in regards to your job. You are not doing the kind of work that you are capable of and you may feel like you just want to quit.

— Sabrina Basquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greensboro, NC

I have led several pieces of training on burnout and work with those who have experienced burnout. My expertise doesn't have particular populations as I have worked with mothers, teachers, and therapists. The main function of burnout tends to be subversive and unknown until it causes difficulty in one's life.

— Matt Coffman, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

Burnout is real and it’s not just about the workplace. Relationships, parenting, and self-care all suffer under the pressure of stress. The modern lifestyle has affected our mental and physical health as well as our most precious relationships. Burnout counseling is about figuring out what is important and finding ways to limit what isn’t. It is about learning how to use coping skills to manage the inevitable stress while also limiting unnecessary stress.

— Kim Haas, Licensed Professional Counselor