Job Stress

Our jobs and careers are an important part of our daily lives and can bring us a sense of connection, accomplishment and fulfillment. However, jobs – even dream jobs – can also be incredibly stressful. And ongoing, unmanaged job stress puts your physical and mental health at risk. Job stress can be caused by any number of things, including impossible deadlines, a lack of resources, relationships with your co-workers or supervisor, long hours, job insecurity, high pressure situations and a lack of control. However, no matter what is causing your job stress, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from its damaging effects. A qualified professional therapist can help you identify the stressors, improve your job satisfaction, and foster your well-being in and out of the workplace. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s job stress experts today.

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Jobs can be a source of both exceptional fulfillment and security, but also a huge energy, time, and joy suck in our lives. I focus on forming a balance between having solid boundaries in your job to help with a sense of peace and empowerment, alongside asking those bigger questions to discern if you are in the workplace and field that you can best flourish in.

— Susan Haarman, Counselor in Chicago, IL

Working in the arts causes stressors all kinds. When your product is your art (or yourself!) it is hard not to get emotionally invested in the ups and downs of your career. I help clients to find that balance.

— Elle Bernfeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Job choices and major life transitions are issues for everyone. When you are unhappy at work, it can be difficult to know what to do about it and what to do with the rest of your life. It can spill over into the rest of your life and make decisions difficult. Let's sort through what more you need to know and what is possible to change, together.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

I have many clients coming to me about work-related stress and difficulty with managing work-life balance. I enjoy working with client to learn to set boundaries between themselves and other work staff, as well as learning to fully enjoy their time outside of work.

— Rosemary Cabanillas, Clinical Social Worker in Little Neck, NY

People seeking therapy for job stress do so for many reasons. Often there is demoralization or exploitation involved, and sometimes this is elevated to the level of workplace bullying. Given how many hours a person spends at work and how many more hours can be spent living with the effects of job stress, it’s important for anyone experiencing job stress to find interventive support. I’ve offered this since 2013 and have seen people make important career decisions based on our work together.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist

I worked for several years helping hospital workers sort through the stress that comes from long hours and lots of responsibility. I have a passion for helping people learn how to enjoy their jobs again and re-ignite the passion they once had (or find a new passion if necessary!) I love helping my clients find work-life balance and learn where they need to focus their attention to take better care of their health and happiness.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

For many First Responders, EMS personnel, Emergency Department personnel things seemed to be going fine until it wasn’t, and really, WTF is that all about anyway? Why is this happening? The weight of the responsibility for other lives, doing the job to others' expectations, and trying to maintain your own levels of job performance can get exhausting. Then it's about trying to find the internal resources to be present for family and/or partners.

— Susan Roggendorf, Therapist in Bettendorf, IA

I have spent over a decade studying human behavior, leadership, and performance enhancement. I utilize sport and performance psychology principles to help people overcome job-related stress. My master's thesis studied the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral correlates of performance excellence, and in private practice I help high-stress, high-risk, and healthcare professionals retake control over their lives.

— Ian Palombo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

With 20+ years of experience in Fortune 100 companies, I know a thing or two about job stress from all levels. As an ex tech executive turned therapist, let me help you.

— Jane Kwon, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Tarzana, CA

You thrive on the challenge and you love the feeling of success. You’re excited to take on bigger challenges and more responsibility. And the pay is pretty nice too. But… You’re too busy for hobbies or deep friendships. When you get home, you’re too wiped to enjoy anything. Your relationship is feeling the strain. You're constantly in reactive mode. I can help you find a way to find immediate relief, and then regroup and find a better, more balanced way to move forward and enjoy life again.

— Gretta Duleba, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

I provide easy to use tools to manage daily stress, to balance your work with self care, and to regulate your anxiety.

— Risa Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Glendale, CA

Manage the stress of the demands of the job by reclaiming control of your peace, changing your response to toxic coworkers and supervisors, and understand what policy and legal options are at your disposal to defend yourself against microaggressions, discrimination, and harassments.

— Alysia W. McGlone, Counselor in ,

I was raised in a STEM-focused family, full of scientists and engineers, and obtained my BA in biology in 2009. I wrote my graduate dissertation on the experiences of cisgender female programmers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through experience and research, I have become attuned to the ways in which the cultures of academia, and STEM and technology companies, can interact with your other identities, and am experienced in helping people to navigate this complex issue.

— Paige O'Connell, Psychologist in El Cerrito, CA

Burnout, compassion fatigue, and work-related trauma exposure in healthcare professionals

— G. Dawn Lawhon, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Working in high-level STEM fields can be extremely difficult. You may feel alone, isolated, and like an imposter, anxious to talk to others about how you feel. Maybe your research isn't progressing as quickly as you think it should, and you've equated that to a lack of personal progress. Maybe you are struggling to explain how you're feeling because you are stuck in an analytical, objective mindset. Drawing on her experiences, we can work together to develop coping skills for the road ahead.

— Anastasia Scangas, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

In providing workplace consultation and training businesses, I have determined a huge source of stress is when someone takes something personally and starts dwelling on what someone said or did (or neglected to say or do.) As you can imagine this can greatly affect productivity. Because rejection and taking things personally are my expertise, I can be helpful in helping clients strategize how best to navigate these hurtful situations. Another frequent workplace stressor is when someone has an expectation that they did not communicate clearly and they are passed by for a project or promotion. When I know about the client's desire, I can ask, "Have you told your manager yet what you want?" The answer is too often, "No, I'm sure they know I want that project." This is another situation of 'If you care about me, you'll read my mind.' It can only lead to hurtful and stressful disappointment. And learning how to clearly say "no" is an important skill to avoid workplace stress.

— Elayne Savage, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA