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!

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I treat a number of fellow clinicians and medical professionals who are experiencing compassion fatigue. I also work with those in creative fields who are experiencing professional burnout and blocks.

— Erika Gray, Clinical Psychologist in ,

Ever feel like everything is just too much? Not getting as much done as you used to? Nothing feels worth it anymore? You may be experiencing burnout. Recognizing what's happening is a critical first step, and then working on balancing work and life--and giving yourself permission to do that--is important. We'll also work on boundary setting and other workplace skills, as well as taking time for yourself: and therapy is that first step.

— Christa Cummins, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
 

Women who are engaged in their careers often find that living up to expectations of their performance leaves them stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. They face unrealistic pressures to “do it all” that often lead to feelings of burnout and exhaustion. Engaging in your career doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your own mental health and wellbeing. You deserve to feel comfortable and confident in the life you’ve built for yourself!

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ

In a world where care work is made both invisible and actively devalued, I believe it’s a transformational commitment to consider yourself in your care. TOGETHER, WE CAN WORK TOWARDS: *Creating rejuvenating practices *Tapping into your interests & passions *Embracing your authentic Self *Learning the signs of burnout and vicarious trauma *Setting boundaries that meet your needs *Getting courageously Self-centered

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,
 

Burnout happens when you've reached a state of complete exhaustion, mentally, emotionally, or physically. It's accompanied by a lack of drive or motivation, and when it's really bad - feelings of depression and hopelessness. Burnout is hard to muscle your way through since the reason it's finally arrived at your doorstep is because you HAVE been muscling your way through. It's just that it isn't working anymore.

— Career Coaching, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Hustle and grind, do more, move faster, be everything to everyone and available at all times....sacrifice yourself for your career and family. No more!! Doing all the "right things" can leave you with a life that looks good but not one that feels good. Shame and ignoring true feelings to put on a happy face so no one else is disappointed will destroy your mind, body, and spirit. Burnout recovery is more than just self-care activities. Let's build a life we don't need to escape from!

— Desiree Howell, Psychologist in Kingsland, GA
 

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

Burnout is fairly common with driven and highly motivated people. This can be a result of overwork, overwhelming life responsibilities, and lack of adequate care for oneself. When working with burnout, we first seek to identify the thought patterns that got you there. Then through cognitive and action oriented behavioral work, we reframe your patterns to give you more space, more rest, and challenge you in ways that allow you to be more you, and less someone trying to be everything to everyone.

— Alena Gerst, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

You will learn how to create a beautiful balance in your life where you can do all that you want to do with ease and grace. I will teach you many tools to do this including self-care, boundaries, and imagination!!!!!! You will be able to create the life you have always wanted and if you don't know what you want you will have the space to imagine, explore to figure out the possibilities!

— Kirsten Cantley, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Covid-19 has changed the way we live/work & has greatly increased risk of burnout. Burnout manifests as exhaustion, irritability or lacking in self-efficacy in the workplace. This can be due to low staffing, lack of resources, excessive demands, lack of respect/recognition & workplace hazards. The consequences take a toll on our physical & emotional well being. With dedication, compassion and collaboration, I help you cope, regain a sense of control & together we make a plan for moving forward.

— Laura Taets, Clinical Social Worker in Westport, CT
 

Have you worked hard to have a career you're passionate about only to find yourself burned out and resentful? 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

As we've all been learning the last two years, the world is a wild place. For neurodiverse people living in a capitalist society, burnout is pretty much a guarantee, especially if you haven't been equipped with tools and systems that work for YOU. A big impact of long-term burnout is dissociation from the body. In our work together, we will help you reconnect with your body and restructure your life in such a way that you don't have to betray your limits to feel successful and fulfilled.

— Amelia Hodnett, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA
 

Burnout is a mental, physical, and emotional state that looks like a mix of depression and anxiety. Some of the most common forms of burnout are pandemic fatigue, work burnout, parenting burnout, caregiving fatigue, and compassion fatigue. I am trained in multiple therapies and approaches to support burnout recovery and burnout resistance.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

Ever feel like everything is just too much? Not getting as much done as you used to? Nothing feels worth it anymore? You may be experiencing burnout. Recognizing what's happening is a critical first step, and then working on balancing work and life--and giving yourself permission to do that--is important. We may also explore boundary setting and other workplace skills, as well as taking time for yourself: therapy is that first step.

— Christa Cummins, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
 

Is the last request just too much? Do you find that you have a shorter and shorter fuse, perhaps leading to an unexpected emotional response? Do you find that something that never used to not bother you at all is now pushing you over the edge? These are a few signs of burnout. Setting boundaries with work, family, or friends is just one of the ways we can find a way back to being your happier and productive self.

— Dr. David Shoup, Psychologist in Pacifica, CA

I'm particularly adept at supporting health care workers like doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and students of health professions. Other professions I support when people are feeling burnout include code monkeys and tech workers, other therapists and professional helpers, teachers, and social or environmental justice workers.

— Robin DeBates, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA
 

Burnout is often used to describe toxic job environments and how an employee is feeling. However, burnout at our job is not the only place we experience it. We can experience burnout with: family relationships, parenting, social media, news/media, pandemic, non-family relationships, healthcare, helping and giving to others. I specialize with BIPOC professionals in managing burnout and how to approach it with self-compassion and action.

— Valeska Cosci, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Venice, CA

Coaching and Therapy Program, "From Burnout to Bliss" 6 step program specifically designed to help those in the helping professions, moms, and other caregivers to address their unique needs and create flourishing lives and careers.

— Jessi Frothingham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

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