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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Burnout has become an epidemic; and the current, general consensus of its prognosis is far from encouraging. However, believe it or not, burnout can be preventable, mitigable, and, more often than not, altogether avoidable. Ask me how.

— Edward Yaeger, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Coping with unreasonable expectations and feelings of overwhelm in the workplace; restoring energy, balance, and motivation.

— Vernon Bauer, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Burnout is an experience you may have in a helping role, either in your professional or personal life, or being under constant stress. Some signs may be: feeling hopeless; detached, burdened; difficulty concentrating; low ability to empathize; withdrawing from activities you love; irritability or frustration. Know that it’s okay to ask for help. We can work together to help you find out what needs to change and how you can be nourished and show up in your life the way you want to.

— Christina Hughes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

If you struggle with burnout, you may experience feelings such as exhaustion, detached emotions, hopelessness, and disengagement. Additionally you may feel an emotional toll, depression, and a loss of motivation. These feelings are not normal for you and your tolerance for them is gone.

— Amanda Alberson, Counselor in Westminster, CO

Burnout is becoming more pronounced than ever in our culture. Technology now moves at the speed of light, and our brains and emotions might be expected to keep up pace. In my work, I assist my clients with mediating the effects of burnout, and I teach them tools and strategies for minimizing or preventing it in the future.

— Shannon Hendrickson, Clinical Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

There are many names for what you may be feeling when overwhelmed by work/life stress: vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, etc. Our physical and mental systems are susceptible to maxing out when demands exceed capacity. You may be able to stretch yourself further, but are you able to do it well? This is the difference between your ability and your capacity. I look forward to making space to listen for what your bodymind needs to restore balance.

— Maya Mineoi, Mental Health Practitioner in St. Paul, MN

You will learn how to create a beautiful balance in your life where you can do all that you want to do with ease and grace. I will teach you many tools to do this including self-care, boundaries, and imagination!!!!!! You will be able to create the life you have always wanted and if you don't know what you want you will have the space to imagine, explore to figure out the possibilities!

— Kirsten Guest, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Burnout is an issue that seems to creep up on us when we least expect it. Let's work together to identify the areas of life that are adding to the burnout and subtracting from your capacity to function in areas where you want to be present. After that is done, we can work to practice the necessary boundaries to limit burnout.

— Samantha Aldridge, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wethersfield, CT

Olivia has experience working with individuals from many different professions regarding work related burnout and compassion fatigue.

— Olivia Van Ness, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

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

With a focus on burnout, I help individuals who are feeling overwhelmed, emotionally exhausted, and physically drained due to prolonged stress, work-related pressures, or life demands. My expertise involves developing personalized strategies to manage stress, restore work-life balance, and promote overall well-being. I guide clients in regaining their energy and enthusiasm for life.

— Deron Perez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rye, NY

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

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 work with many working professionals managing challenging work environments, compassion fatigue and burnout.

— Kedian Dixon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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

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 Texas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Florida (telehealth only),

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 been through burnout myself and found a way to work through the issue. We must work on balance in our life to include play and creativity. I can help with finding ways to balance your life and learn to say "no" when necessary. Burnout is a big problem in this country and we have prioritized work over connection with others, remembering to play and finding creative outlets.

— Dian Grier, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in san fransico, CA