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

 

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

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

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX
 

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

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 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

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
 

You may be burnt out and not even know it! Reinvention of ones self is possible! We can work together for hope. I believe you can transform your life, transform your relationships, and transform your community".

— Marci Orr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, 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 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

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've spent over 7 years studying and teaching sport and performance psychology. I've helped performers of all ages and levels - amateur, high school, collegiate, olympic, and professional - overcome burnout and restore balance in their lives.

— Ian Palombo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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
 

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

Supporting a loved one going through mental health or physical illness can be overwhelming. Caregiver burnout is real, and can happen when the roles you have taken on to support a loved one's recovery has become too much. I have worked with patients and families going through chronic and terminal illnesses, and have seen the pain that caregivers bear to make sure their loved one is all right, ranging from feelings overwhelmed to physical injuries when the physical care becomes to high.

— Sima Kulshreshtha, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

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

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 Overland Park, KS