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

Many of my clients through the years have been overworked, overcommitted and felt undervalued at their places of employment. I have successfully helped many men and women in their quest for a more fulfilling career path. I have also addressed caregiver burnout; this is a huge concern as many are taking care of loved ones.

— Michelle May, Counselor in West Bloomfield, MI

Burnout is a commonly used term to describe mood and motivational disturbances associated with a person’s paid or unpaid work. It is related to compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress, but burnout implies the involvement of administrative expectations and working conditions that are unrealistic and/or unreasonable. Burnout is on the rise in the U.S., and I’ve helped people find their way back from it since 2013.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist

Vicarious trauma is a real thing. First responders, helping professionals and caregivers are susceptible to trauma and burnout. I have worked with those who have experienced this, as a wellness coordinator for mental health professionals. Using a positive psychology framework, I assist clients in gaining a sense of meaning, establishing healthy boundaries and enhancing positive emotions.

— Christina Scott, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portsmouth, OH

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 is something that is so difficult to recognize, because it happens so slowly. Sometimes we recognize these stressful things, and we tell ourselves that we can handle it. But then it keeps happening again and again. Eventually we can't handle it anymore, and that's burnout. We can make changes in our lives to deal with burnout though. It may not feel this way right now, but you can make positive changes in your life.

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

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, 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

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

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

I know there are good reasons for your exhaustion and lack of joy in your chosen path right now, especially if you are an essential worker in the current pandemic. I am happy to work with you to devise a plan that truly helps to restore your hope, inspiration, and satisfaction - either with what your are doing now, or an alternative path that is calling you. Together, we can find a way through your difficulties!

— Sandra Geary, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gallup, NM

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

Medical professionals often enter their fields because of a desire to help others. But being a member of a helping profession can be overwhelming at times causing you to disconnect from your patients and even your friends and family members. I can help you reconnect with the satisfaction of caring for others, learn to maintain good professional boundaries and care for yourself along the way.

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

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

Burnout is a mental, physical, and emotional state that looks like a mix of depression and anxiety. Some of the most common forms of burnout are pandemic fatigue, work burnout, parenting burnout, caregiving fatigue, and compassion fatigue. I am trained in multiple therapies and approaches to support burnout recovery and burnout resistance.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

You are an individual who has many roles and sometimes your mental health (just like your physical health) might be pushed back. That is when we start to feel empty and we notice a shift into other areas of our life. Our time together can be the recharging for you to feel your best and continue to give back to all of your other roles--including to yourself--with more balance.

— Dania Uritskiy, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Coaching and Therapy Program, "From Burnout to Bliss" 6 step program specifically designed to help those in the helping professions, moms, and other caregivers to address their unique needs and create flourishing lives and careers.

— Jessi Frothingham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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

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

Our clients come from high-pressure careers including, but not limited to, healthcare, finance and law. We are skilled in supporting stress management, recovery, and relationship improvement for this demographic.

— Aleana Krupinsky, Clinical Social Worker in Morrisville, NC