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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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

Sacrificing your own needs for others, for too long, can put you on the road to burnout. This is especially prevalent for visionaries, leaders, big-hearted helpers, and social services workers. These roles require self-care and boundaries that can feel selfish and often get neglected. Learn to put parameters around your help, manage vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, AND stay in alignment with your values to decrease your risk for burnout. Take care of yourself - so you can help others.

— Katie Vernoy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA
 

Burnout happens when you've reached a state of complete exhaustion, mentally, emotionally, or physically. It's accompanied by a lack of drive or motivation, and when it's really bad - feelings of depression and hopelessness. Burnout is hard to muscle your way through since the reason it's finally arrived at your doorstep is because you HAVE been muscling your way through. It's just that it isn't working anymore.

— Whitney Russell, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Burnout is a distinctly work-related phenomenon that can be related to depression, anxiety, and other conditions, but is often overlooked or misunderstood. While working at an organization suffering from a high level of employee burnout, I delved into the research of this topic and created an initiative to identify, measure, prevent, and treat burnout. In our work together, we can consider if this is an issue in your life and I can give you tools to address it.

— Margaret (Maggie) Kirlin, Clinical Psychologist in Livingston, MT
 

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, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

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
 

In our world of people-pleasing and perfectionistic expectations, it is no wonder that burnout is rampant. You may have noticed the toll that burnout has taken on your body, self-esteem, and relationships. It's time to get help through therapy. I teach my clients how to heal the underlying causes of burnout and give them the tools, support, and strategies they need to have a fulfilling and meaningful life without feeling so exhausted and resentful. Therapy for burnout is the ultimate self-care.

— Elise Fabricant, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

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
 

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, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

In our world of people-pleasing and perfectionistic expectations, it is no wonder that burnout is rampant. You may have noticed the toll that burnout has taken on your body, self-esteem, and relationships. It's time to get help through therapy. I teach my clients how to heal the underlying causes of burnout and give them the tools, support, and strategies they need to have a fulfilling and meaningful life without feeling so exhausted and resentful. Therapy for burnout is the ultimate self-care.

— Elise Fabricant, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
 

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

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
 

With our heartstrings tugged, awareness of what we need fades into the background. In a world where care work is made both invisible and actively devalued, I believe it’s a transformational commitment to consider yourself in your care. TOGETHER, WE CAN WORK TOWARDS: *Creating rejuvenating practices *Tapping into your interests & passions *Embracing your authentic Self *Learning the signs of burnout and vicarious trauma Setting boundaries that meet your needs Getting courageously Self-ce

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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
 

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

Hustle and grind, do more, move faster, be everything to everyone and available at all times....sacrifice yourself for your career and family. No more!! Doing all the "right things" can leave you with a life that looks good but not one that feels good. Shame and ignoring true feelings to put on a happy face so no one else is disappointed will destroy your mind, body, and spirit. Burnout recovery is more than just self-care activities. Let's build a life we don't need to escape from!

— Dr. Desiree Howell, Psychologist in Kingsland, GA
 

Burnout is the perfect storm of factors related to the helping professional, the people they help, and the setting where the helping takes place. In 2013 I began supporting helping professionals in their quest to reignite the creativity and resilience that burnout scorched, and I’d love to help you shine brightly again too. See www.meganvanmeter.com for more info and hope to light your way. You don’t have to go through burnout alone in the dark; I’m here to help you create a better outcome.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist

In a world where care work is made both invisible and actively devalued, I believe it’s a transformational commitment to consider yourself in your care. TOGETHER, WE CAN WORK TOWARDS: *Creating rejuvenating practices *Tapping into your interests & passions *Embracing your authentic Self *Learning the signs of burnout and vicarious trauma *Setting boundaries that meet your needs *Getting courageously Self-centered

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,