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

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
 

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

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
 

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

I like to use the word crispy with my clients as a warning sign for full-blown burnout. Burnout comes from a place of giving more to others without taking care of themselves. It comes from a place of limited work-life balance, a place of minimal boundaries, and a place of limited coping skills. Burnout does not mean that you need to 'take a year off' or completely change careers. It simply means that together we need to analyze what needs to change so you can have a healthy balance in life

— Melissa Russiano, 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 San Luis Obispo, CA
 

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

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

Burnout is becoming more common and can often mask other issues such as anxiety, depression and trauma. You may have blind spots about what’s draining your energy. Therapy for burnout helps by giving you time and space to unpack the societal and institutional factors that prevent you from getting what you need in your everyday life.

— Eileen Van Tyne, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mill Valley, 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

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
 

Are you feeling overwhelmed, drained and unable to meet the constant demands on your to-do list? Have you worked hard to build the life you wanted and now spend your limited free time trying to escape it? Let's work together to stop the over functioning and start living!

— Kerri Heintz, Counselor in Allen, 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 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 Sharonville, OH

Burnout is SO common for helpers. We give and give and give to others, and then there's nothing left for ourselves at the end of the day. It's hard to say no to one more thing at work, staying late because someone needs you, saying yes to every good volunteer opportunity. But you CAN learn how to combine your deep desire to help others with structure and boundaries that put YOU and YOUR NEEDS first.

— Jessica Brohmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA