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!

Meet the specialists

Those of us in the care-giving fields struggle with burnout, taking care of others while living your life can be a challenge. I believe in working with the client to find strategies to assist you in living your best life.

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

I work with clients who struggle with current burnout, or those already in recovery from burnout. Having experienced burnout myself I know it can be a difficult thing to overcome and feel helpless at times, but healing is possible. I frequently help clients create better self-care routines, set boundaries, maintain or build support systems, and increase coping skills.

— Lacie Rasmussen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA

Many of my clients find me when they are in the midst of coping with burnout. Our work provides a space to regroup, refocus and heal.

— Rachel Goodman, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

I specialize in working with digital nomads and entrepreneurs struggling with work-life balance I also work with helping professionals who are struggling with burnout and want to make a significant change

— Megan Zesati, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I have been there; burnt out from work from vicarious trauma, stress and unethical practices that compromise values. One of the most effective ways of dealing with burnout is to talk about it with your support system, whether that includes colleagues, friends or in therapy. Your experiences must be validated and heard, and I strive to be that sounding board for you. Your needs need to be cared for so that you can care for others and/or perform at your best.

— Loretta Sun Nam, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

Burnout is a normal result of a high stress job, there is a horrible stigma around it that needs to change. As a therapist for therapist and healers I have helped many people re-frame beliefs about burnout that may be doing more harm then good. Once we re-frame, we implement strategies for healing and prevention.

— Shannon Perrone, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Safety Harbor, FL

I have worked in case management for many years and am passionate about assisting those in helping professions, such as case managers, outreach workers, home visitors, and educators. Burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma come with the territory.

— Naomi Painter, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

With so much going on it is easy to start feeling like we are on automatic pilot. When treating burnout or any other issue related to self it is important to learn to self-regulate, notice one's self, redirect thoughts, and reframe.

— Adriana Cardona, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. When burnout takes hold, you may lose sight of the initial motivation and passion that led you into your chosen work. You may feel increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel you have nothing more to give. Therapy can help to identify the unique work, lifestyle and personal causes of burnout in order to find a path towards balance and renewed energy.

— Rachelle Dunn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ashburn, VA
 

“I found that many complaints – smoking, overeating, test anxiety, public speaking phobia, and chronic physical pain – responded more dramatically to hypnosis than to other forms of psychotherapy I was using.” Dr. Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D., Psychologist Faculty at Harvard Medical School

— Craig Meriwether, Hypnotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

In the heart of Silicon Valley, I have worked with engineers struggling with high expectations, responsibilities, work-life balance ,or meaning of life.

— Junko Yamauchi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

Congratulations! You're a success! Why do you hate everybody and everything? Because you're burnt the F out! I can help. Let's look at self-care. Let's try to reconnect to the original values and ideas that set you off on this journey. You're a human being not a productivity machine. Let's slow down for half a second and remember who we are and where we are going.

— Scott Levenberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in LOS ANGELES, CA

Mothers who reach burnout can also experience feelings of hopelessness, overwhelm, shame, and guilt. I approach symptoms of burnout with peer support, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Mindfulness training. ACT allows us to accept our particular circumstances and feelings, and commit to changing the way in which we perceive and interact with our environment. Mindfulness teaches mothers healthy boundaries, self care, and gives them instruction on how to stay focused on the moment.

— Candace Holloman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Shawnee, KS
 

Burnout can look like constant frustration, picking fights with your partner, checking out of work or home life, depression symptoms, and dreaming of dropping everything and moving to the beach. I've been there, and it can feel hopeless. And you don't have the energy to figure out what to change to get out of it. I will help you take a step back to figure out what's going on, what your options are, and what you should do so you can feel better and actually like your life.

— Jennifer Branstetter, Clinical Social Worker in METAMORA, IN

Burnout can be caused not only by jobs, but also unpaid labor like caregiving, parenting, and relationships in general. My personal and professional experiences are what make me an expert at treatment of burnout. I will help you figure out how to feel in control again, using self-care skills, boundary-setting, and re-assessment of priorities.

— Rebecca Ogle, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
 

Professional burnout can take many forms, but often the signs are the same: exhaustion, irritability, hopelessness, apathy, depression, and excessive anxiety. There is hope. I can help… My secret sauce to success when managing professional burnout comes in three stages: Recognition of the signs/symptoms, Reversing the damage, and building Resilience to prevent it from happening again. Call me today to take that first step toward peace, balance and rejuvenation.

— Alexandria Theordor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NJ

Burnout can creep up and catch us off guard when we are least expecting it. Oftentimes we don't reach out for help until we have become so overwhelmed it feels like everything is hopeless and things in our life have stopped making sense. I have several years experience helping people get back to a healthier state of mind so they can recapture the passion they once had for their work, loved ones, and most importantly, themselves.

— Melanie Taylor, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
 

Burnout is a state of emotional and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. 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. Burnout reduces productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. I have dealt with burnout myself and I have assisted others in "protecting" themselves from burnout to keep doing the things they love.

— Wyn Fox, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX
 

Professional burnout - particularly for those in the helping professions.

— Laura Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

As a trauma and loss specialist, as well as having a history as a domestic violence victim advocate, I focus on the risk factors and protective/resilience factors for secondary trauma that go with crisis response and humanitarian work. Over the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of working with many first responders and crisis workers as they enhance their ability to thrive in all areas of their lives.

— Donna Gardner-Jacoby, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Crystal Lake, IL
 

Those of us in the care-giving fields struggle with burnout, taking care of others while living your life can be a challenge. I believe in working with the client to find strategies to assist you in living your best life.

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

Burnout can happen to the best of us, even if we love the very thing that is causing it. Like so many people, I have experienced burnout both in my personal and professional lives. There is still stigma attached to burnout, especially as it relates to motherhood, and we need a safe space to address these concerns. My own experiences have helped me to learn how to effectively move forward from burnout so we can continue being the best version of ourselves.

— Ashley Gobeil, Psychologist in Longwood, FL
 

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

My own healing from career and life burnout was what brought me into this profession in the first place. I know first-hand what it's like to be burned out, and I know the way out. There is hope! I love walking with clients through that low valley and helping them find that spark, that desire to climb out of the pit of burnout and get back to enjoying life.

— Aaron Kelsay, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Do you ever wonder if you can keep doing this? You've lost the enjoyment and fulfillment you used to get from your work. Balance seems impossible. You are overwhelmed and burning out. I can help you enjoy your passion again. You can be true to yourself and continue helping others!

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID

As a trauma/ loss specialist, as well as having a history as a supervisor of advocates and therapists, I focus on the risk factors and protective/resilience factors for secondary trauma that go with crisis response and humanitarian work. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with many first responders and crisis workers as they enhance their ability to thrive in all areas of their lives.

— Donna Gardner-Jacoby, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Crystal Lake, IL
 

Are you a working professional that needs a supportive ear? Have you been frustrated by that "one" coworker that just gets under your skin? Does you work expose you to trauma? How are you taking care of yourself? Do you have balance? How strong is your foundation? What types of things are you telling yourself when you navigate your day to day? Id like to help make sure that the messages you send yourself are healthy and come up with short and long term goals to get you back on track.

— Elizabeth Armstrong, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Burnout has nothing to do with lack of motivation or laziness. On the contrary, my clients who suffer burnout work extremely hard and with great passion, dedication and commitment at a pace that proves to be unsustainable. The most committed professionals are most vulnerable to burnout. If you are burnt out, I will help you find your way back to balance with compassion and guidance.

— Megan Zesati, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

Self-care is an important way to maintain your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Stress behaviors and illnesses can surface when we don’t take care of ourselves. I work with clients in developing a healthy self-care routine. With a proper self-care plan in place you can increase energy, improve health, gain focus, and feel more balanced.

— Katrina Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR