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

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

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

So many people neglect themselves in order to work harder. Self Care is so important. Ii will help you identify the self-care tasks that you are neglecting and help you find time to engage in healthier routines and behaviors.

— Elisabeth Coffey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florham Park, NJ

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

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

You're a hard worker, often juggling multiple responsibilities including a busy career. Sometimes the demands are so much and the pressure feels constant and endless. It feels overwhelming, stressful, and exhausting. I have helped hundreds of burnt out working professionals regain a sense of balance in their lives. I help them discover what they really want and work with them to improve their mood, set healthy boundaries, increase confidence and get back to enjoying their life and their work.

— Sunita Shenoy, Psychologist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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

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

I feel passionately about preventing and treating burnout with those who are in helping roles. With a combination of exploration and concrete strategies, I support clients in nourishing themselves so they can show up fully for the roles they are called to.

— Jessika Fruchter, Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

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

Burnout sucks! Joking aside, it literally has the power to suck all your energy out of your day and your week. Burnout can be an issue related to your identity being out of alignment and your strengths, passion, purpose, and drive might be out of sync. Burnout could also be related to the people in your life or the thoughts that you have about the world, your work, your community, etc. No matter what, burnout is normal and I can help you overcome it and work on the underlying issues causing it.

— Rick Villarreal, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arvada, CO

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 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 or compassion fatigue, is an experience you may have in a helping role, either in your professional or personal life, or under constant stress. Some signs may be: Feeling hopeless, detached, burdened Difficulty concentrating Low ability to empathize Withdrawing from activities you love Irritability, 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

I can help caregivers, providers, and emergency responders find that drive to continue to assist others by reminding them to help themselves and to reach out to their supports.

— Heather Kennedy Perez, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

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

Burnout is defined as "a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. 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." I help my clients navigate burnout by working with them to establish clear and healthy boundaries.

— Chyna Hill, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Manhattan Beach, CA

So many people neglect themselves in order to work harder. Self Care is so important. Ii will help you identify the self-care tasks that you are neglecting and help you find time to engage in healthier routines and behaviors.

— Elisabeth Coffey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florham Park, NJ

You’re a go-getter. You work long hours and are passionate about your career. You’ve designed your life around becoming the independent, successful woman your younger self always wanted to be. You’re climbing the professional ladder, breaking ceilings and always striving for more. But sometimes all this hard work leaves you feeling exhausted and stressed. You know you need help, but are overwhelmed thinking of where to start. You’ve come to the right place.

— Rachel Karp, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist