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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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

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
 

You feel tired everyday. You're unable to meet expectations and everything feels overwhelming. Ever heard the saying, "You can't pour from an empty cup?" Burn out is real! If you've been overworked and pushed to your absolute limits how could you possibly sustain it? I'm here to help you recover and make meaningful change to prevent this in your future. Burnout for healthcare workers and other high tempo jobs is at an all time high. Don't wait, reach out today!

— Cathy Ranieri, Licensed Professional Counselor in chicago, IL

Burnout is often used to describe toxic job environments and how an employee is feeling. However, burnout at our job is not the only place we experience it. We can experience burnout with: family relationships, parenting, social media, news/media, pandemic, non-family relationships, healthcare, helping and giving to others. I specialize with BIPOC professionals in managing burnout and how to approach it with self-compassion and action.

— Valeska Cosci, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Venice, CA
 

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

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
 

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

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 East Bay, 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

Burnout can change our career paths, rock our relationships, or hating a job we once recently enjoyed. It kills productivity at work, and kills intimacy at home. I'll work with you to strengthen the mental and emotional muscles used to prevent burnout so that love doesn't turn to resentment.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA
 

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
 

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

You know that fried, overwhelmed feeling that doesn't seem to go away? That broken, scary feeling that makes getting out of bed a challenge? When even the smallest tasks feel like insurmountable challenges? Let’s work together to process the survival patterns that have brought you here. We will develop strategies to help you practice self-care, build healthy boundaries, and safely process your experiences so you can feel better.

— Juliana Haigh, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
 

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 ,

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
 

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

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
 

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