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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Sometimes, burnout can feel like a dark tunnel with no end in sight. But here's the thing - it doesn't have to be this way. With my professional expertise and data-backed strategies, I can help guide you out of this tunnel. Together, we'll explore your stressors, identify coping mechanisms, and develop a personalized plan to restore balance in your life.

— Jennifer Haendel, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Nashville, TN

There are many names for what you may be feeling when overwhelmed by work/life stress: vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, etc. Our physical and mental systems are susceptible to maxing out when demands exceed capacity. You may be able to stretch yourself further, but are you able to do it well? This is the difference between your ability and your capacity. I look forward to making space to listen for what your bodymind needs to restore balance.

— Maya Mineoi, Mental Health Practitioner in St. Paul, MN
 

This is so common in our current work environment.

— Heather Tahler, Psychologist

Stress and burnout is at an all-time high. Together we'll help you recalibrate your inner compass so you can move towards a life that honors what's most important to you. I'll help you develop strategies and skills to manage your stress and burnout so you can feel like yourself again. We'll clarify your core values so you can be more intentional about how your invest your time and energy. You'll also gain stills so you can feel more grounded and whole.

— Kristin Miyoko Papa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, CA
 

Experiencing a chronic high-level of unmanaged stress in your workplace or occupation (think balance in home/family management) is unfortunately not uncommon. Fortunately, if you allow yourself the time to look at the big picture with me, I know we can find some changes to make for your life to feel better overall. Sometimes this is in the small changes, and other times in much bigger ones, which might have felt too overwhelming before but I hope to support you in making it more realistic.

— Joy Walsh, Clinical Social Worker in Glen Ellyn, IL

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
 

Usually we choose our jobs because we enjoy something about it. Burnout takes that joy, and dulls it, until we lose our passion and drive, and just feel drained and exhausted. It's a slow process, that leaves us suddenly realizing we have to change something, but left unsure what happened and what to change. When we work on burnout through therapy, we explore what's causing this feeling, and how we can create changes in meaningful and long-term ways.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

Have you worked hard to have a career you're passionate about only to find yourself burned out and resentful? Burnout involves feelings of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced feelings of accomplishment. While all people are prone to burnout, helping professionals are especially vulnerable. It is vitally important for those in jobs that involve healing to cultivate a discipline of hope and renewable "fuel" for our work.

— Liz Fletcher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK
 

I have niche experience working with medical professionals such as physicians, nurses and medical trainees and directed a program at UNMC aimed at understanding burnout.

— Jennifer Yalof, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

If you struggle with burnout, you may experience feelings such as exhaustion, detached emotions, hopelessness, and disengagement. Additionally you may feel an emotional toll, depression, and a loss of motivation. These feelings are not normal for you and your tolerance for them is gone.

— Amanda Alberson, Counselor in Westminster, CO
 

Burnout doesn’t even begin to describe what some folks are going through. I suggest that we are not facing a “shortage” of workers, but rather a resistance from people who are able to put up with exploitative systems. We need a reckoning; a reimagining. Let's explore creative next steps to go from exploited to thriving.

— Shin Ock, Psychologist in North Bethesda, MD

Coping with unreasonable expectations and feelings of overwhelm in the workplace; restoring energy, balance, and motivation.

— Vernon Bauer, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

Burnout isn’t an individual problem. It’s created by a culture that holds impossible standards of perpetual earning and producing but doesn’t remember what we are supposed to be earning and producing for. Passionate people can easily find themselves sucked in by systems that use their drive and enthusiasm at the expense of their own wellbeing. I help people examine and dismantle the cultural drivers of burnout.

— Kathryn Stinson, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

Ever feel like everything is just too much? Not getting as much done as you used to? Nothing feels worth it anymore? You may be experiencing burnout. Recognizing what's happening is a critical first step, and then working on balancing work and life--and giving yourself permission to do that--is important. We'll also work on boundary setting and other workplace skills, as well as taking time for yourself: and therapy is that first step.

— Christa Cummins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

As we've all been learning the last two years, the world is a wild place. For neurodiverse people living in a capitalist society, burnout is pretty much a guarantee, especially if you haven't been equipped with tools and systems that work for YOU. A big impact of long-term burnout is dissociation from the body. In our work together, we will help you reconnect with your body and restructure your life in such a way that you don't have to betray your limits to feel successful and fulfilled.

— Amelia Hodnett, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

If you struggle with burnout, you may experience feelings such as exhaustion, detached emotions, hopelessness, and disengagement. Additionally you may feel an emotional toll, depression, and a loss of motivation. These feelings are not normal for you and your tolerance for them is gone.

— Amanda Alberson, Counselor in Westminster, CO
 

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

Women who are engaged in their careers often find that living up to expectations of their performance leaves them stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. They face unrealistic pressures to “do it all” that often lead to feelings of burnout and exhaustion. Engaging in your career doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your own mental health and wellbeing. You deserve to feel comfortable and confident in the life you’ve built for yourself!

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ
 

I have both lived and professional experience with burnout, as well as invisible chronic illness. Much of my work in supporting you in your recovery from burnout centers around developing self-acceptance and self-compassion, sustainable self-care, boundary setting, and conscious engagement with self, others, and the world.

— Carla Preiss, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate