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

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
 

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

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
 

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 San Luis Obispo, CA
 

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 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

Burnout in such a common thing in today's fast-paced world we live in. Burnout is emotional, physical and mental exhaustion. Burnout is often the result of not attending to anxiety, depression, eating habits, and personal well-being. Moods drastically vacillate during burnout; anger, rage, and panic infiltrate our world and make keeping up with the demands of life nearly impossible. Coping skills are nowhere to be found, one could drop their keys and cry. The body and brain are on shutdown.

— Brendon Mendoza, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

As a former collegiate athlete and perfectionist I am no stranger to the devastating effects of burnout. Therefore I am both personal and professional motivated to help my clients recognize the signs and create effective action plans to address burnout/OTS, while supporting them through the resistance and frustration they may feel.

— Alexandra Hinton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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
 

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
 

Caused by a lack of connection, burnout seems unending. Reconnecting with yourself, others, and the natural world can bring back your flow.

— Elizabeth Shuler, Counselor in ,
 

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

You cannot pour from an empty glass and we need to remember this. As mental health clinicians, we are helping others cope with immensely difficult life situations and sometimes hear stories that our loved ones could not even imagine. Burnout is real and it can certainly have an impact on, not only your own mental health and well-being, but also on your relationships with loved ones as well. You do not have to deal with this alone!

— Taylor Neil, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westford, MA
 

Burnout related to chronic illness self-management

— Faith Cook, Clinical Psychologist in Black Mountain, NC

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

I have helped numerous clients find peace again in their lives after experiencing burnout and compassion fatigue. By finding methods of working through these issues such as mindfulness practices, self-compassion and various other methods of identifying self-care plans, and identifying work-life balance, I can help you get your life back on track again and rediscover a whole new quality to life!

— Julia Ayraud, Counselor in The Woodlands, TX
 

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 Santa Clara, CA

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
 

Sacrificing your own needs for others, for too long, can put you on the road to burnout. This is especially prevalent for visionaries, leaders, big-hearted helpers, and social services workers. These roles require self-care and boundaries that can feel selfish and often get neglected. Learn to put parameters around your help, manage vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, AND stay in alignment with your values to decrease your risk for burnout. Take care of yourself - so you can help others.

— Katie Vernoy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, 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
 

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

I have experience working with clients in a wide variety of career fields experiencing burnout.

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX