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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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 ,

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
 

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

Burnout is defined as "a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place." I help my clients navigate burnout by working with them to establish clear and healthy boundaries.

— Chyna Hill, Associate Clinical Social Worker
 

Art Therapy is an excellent tool for processing feelings of burnout. When I formerly worked within social service settings, I offered my fellow employees art based workshops to support them in processing their feelings of burnout in the workplace. I continue to offer workshops to institutions with high burnout rates.

— Callie Wile, Art Therapist in Pleasanton, CA

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!

— Desiree Howell, Psychologist in St. Petersburg, FL
 

I treat a number of fellow clinicians and medical professionals who are experiencing compassion fatigue. I also work with those in creative fields who are experiencing professional burnout and blocks.

— Erika Gray, Clinical Psychologist in ,

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
 

We will work together to identify your sources of stress and tools to manage work/life balance

— Paulishia Augillard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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
 

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

You're not feeling as productive at work and struggle to get up in the morning. You're desire in your relationships has waned and you just want to zone out most of the day. Calling out sick is becoming a weekly consideration. Burnout from work and your relationships is common AND treatable. Together we can help you identify the causes of burnout and create a plan to bring more meaning back to your life.

— Kristin Tand, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I work with educators, college students and professionals of many fields to address burn out, compassion fatigue, and work related anxiety.

— Jamie McKenna, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sebastopol, CA

Everyone experiences burnout, but we are more likely to experience it if we are trying to do it all and think of self-care as something people talk about but don't actually engage in. Often burnout comes from a sense of obligation and expectation, and a desire to please others. If you are in burnout, or on your way, I may be able to help you.

— Julie Williams, Psychologist in Portland, OR
 

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

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
 

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver,

I offer therapy and life coaching on burnout treatment, management and relapse prevention through the use of CBT, narrative and solution-focused therapy.

— Dora Daniels, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist