Job Stress

Our jobs and careers are an important part of our daily lives and can bring us a sense of connection, accomplishment and fulfillment. However, jobs – even dream jobs – can also be incredibly stressful. And ongoing, unmanaged job stress puts your physical and mental health at risk. Job stress can be caused by any number of things, including impossible deadlines, a lack of resources, relationships with your co-workers or supervisor, long hours, job insecurity, high pressure situations and a lack of control. However, no matter what is causing your job stress, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from its damaging effects. A qualified professional therapist can help you identify the stressors, improve your job satisfaction, and foster your well-being in and out of the workplace. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s job stress experts today.

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I worked for several years helping hospital workers sort through the stress that comes from long hours and lots of responsibility. I have a passion for helping people learn how to enjoy their jobs again and re-ignite the passion they once had (or find a new passion if necessary!) I love helping my clients find work-life balance and learn where they need to focus their attention to take better care of their health and happiness.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Job choices and major life transitions are issues for everyone. When you are unhappy at work, it can be difficult to know what to do about it and what to do with the rest of your life. It can spill over into the rest of your life and make decisions difficult. Let's sort through what more you need to know and what is possible to change, together.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

People seeking therapy for job stress do so for many reasons. Often there is demoralization or exploitation involved, and sometimes this is elevated to the level of workplace bullying. Given how many hours a person spends at work and how many more hours can be spent living with the effects of job stress, it’s important for anyone experiencing job stress to find interventive support. I’ve offered this since 2013 and have seen people make important career decisions based on our work together.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist

I have many clients coming to me about work-related stress and difficulty with managing work-life balance. I enjoy working with client to learn to set boundaries between themselves and other work staff, as well as learning to fully enjoy their time outside of work.

— Rosemary Cabanillas, Clinical Social Worker in Little Neck, NY

Working in the arts causes stressors all kinds. When your product is your art (or yourself!) it is hard not to get emotionally invested in the ups and downs of your career. I help clients to find that balance.

— Elle Bernfeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Jobs can be a source of both exceptional fulfillment and security, but also a huge energy, time, and joy suck in our lives. I focus on forming a balance between having solid boundaries in your job to help with a sense of peace and empowerment, alongside asking those bigger questions to discern if you are in the workplace and field that you can best flourish in.

— Susan Haarman, Counselor in Chicago, IL

For many First Responders, EMS personnel, Emergency Department personnel things seemed to be going fine until it wasn’t, and really, WTF is that all about anyway? Why is this happening? The weight of the responsibility for other lives, doing the job to others' expectations, and trying to maintain your own levels of job performance can get exhausting. Then it's about trying to find the internal resources to be present for family and/or partners.

— Susan Roggendorf, Therapist in Bettendorf, IA

Social workers who are stressed constantly at work and cannot find their way out.

— Bethany Raab, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

Leaning how to manage difficult people in the workplace.

— Dianne Haslinger,

Do you find yourself constantly working and dreading Mondays? Perhaps, you are spending all day on your laptop and skipped out on your lunch break and have not taken a day off in a long time? Job stress is very common and there are times where you may feel like you chose the wrong profession or questioning if you're dealing with imposter syndrome on the job. My job is to give you helpful strategies to help you with your work performance and creating a healthier work/life balance.

— Marline Francois, Clinical Social Worker in Caldwell, NJ

Call it whatever you need to - burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, moral injury. The trouble you have with job stress you have is NOT your fault. As a helping professional you likely feel the constant tug of war between caring for people and needing to somehow take care of yourself. I can help you figure it out in a way that lets you continuing being the kind and compassionate person you are without getting burnt to a crisp in the process.

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID

I also specialize in using CBT for helping people dealing with stress from their careers/job, including imposter syndrome, lack of satisfaction with career choices, relationship conflicts, performance related difficulties, workaholism/addiction, and other stressors that arise as a result of one's job.

— Ross Nelson, Clinical Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA

As a former lawyer myself, my passion in therapy is to provide support for other lawyers and law students who may be struggling with the stress & pressure of their profession. This could apply to other high-stress occupations as well, such as teachers, medical staff, and first-responders.

— Laura Sagolla (Perspectives Therapy Services), Clinical Social Worker in Brighton, MI

Frustrating, stressful, and toxic workplace situations have more of an impact on life than we give them credit for. I validate your pain, help you repair any damage to your self-concept, help you reframe or accept the parts that are out of your control, and increase your interpersonal effectiveness skills for handling the parts that are within your control. You can come out of this situation feeling stronger and more confident than before!

— Amy Wright, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Chapel Hill, NC

Today's jobs are extremely stressful and demanding. We can work on self care strategies to assist.

— Leigh Carter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Warminster, PA

Having worked for professionals, students and the like for a decade, I understand the stress, burnout and fatigue of work is real. Whatever your profession, there are skills that can incredibly improve your wellness at work. You might be debating whether to change jobs or professions, realizing the pain of work overwhelm, interpersonal job conflicts, or a multitude of other work woes. These are all valid and you can feel relief by having support and practicing new skills from therapy.

— Brittany Bouffard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO