Job Stress

Our jobs and careers are an important part of our daily lives and can bring us a sense of connection, accomplishment and fulfillment. However, jobs – even dream jobs – can also be incredibly stressful. And ongoing, unmanaged job stress puts your physical and mental health at risk. Job stress can be caused by any number of things, including impossible deadlines, a lack of resources, relationships with your co-workers or supervisor, long hours, job insecurity, high pressure situations and a lack of control. However, no matter what is causing your job stress, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from its damaging effects. A qualified professional therapist can help you identify the stressors, improve your job satisfaction, and foster your well-being in and out of the workplace. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s job stress experts today.

Meet the specialists

I worked for several years helping hospital workers sort through the stress that comes from long hours and lots of responsibility. I have a passion for helping people learn how to enjoy their jobs again and re-ignite the passion they once had (or find a new passion if necessary!) I love helping my clients find work-life balance and learn where they need to focus their attention to take better care of their health and happiness.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Working in the arts causes stressors all kinds. When your product is your art (or yourself!) it is hard not to get emotionally invested in the ups and downs of your career. I help clients to find that balance.

— Elle Bernfeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Job choices and major life transitions are issues for everyone. When you are unhappy at work, it can be difficult to know what to do about it and what to do with the rest of your life. It can spill over into the rest of your life and make decisions difficult. Let's sort through what more you need to know and what is possible to change, together.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

You spend so much of your week at work. If you're miserable, it can start seeping into your relationships and what's happening at home. It is so important to find ways to manage your work life, so it doesn't negatively impact your home life. Job stress can come from so many different places - feeling incompetent, having too much to do, a toxic work environment, or being in the wrong position. Learn strategies to decrease the stress you feel at work.

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

I lived and worked at a mindful residential recovery center in Thailand, where I saw many clients suffering from job stress and burnout. I am aware of the impacts of stress, and can use a variety of holistic therapeutic techniques to help people de-stress, including Internal Family Systems, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, stress reduction techniques, breathing, and Tension-Releasing Exercises.

— Emma Donovan, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

CBT and SFBT techniques are implemented with intent to significantly minimize job stress.

— Janelle Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Why do we feel so stressed out even when things are going well? Why does our work so often take our energy from us rather than adding to our energy? I learned my way out of work stress and created a life authentic for me, and I have helped others do the same. If you're ready to find peace in your current job or joy in a new one, contact me because I can help.

— Rice Pierce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ

Your job might be a major stressor in your life. When are careers are overwhelming and seemingly all-consuming, they tax their emotional and mental health. I can help you find better ways to cope with the demands of your profession while building a stronger sense of self, meaning and identity. I utilize mindfulness practices to help slow down the pace of your life and be more present in the moment. I'll also help you identify roadblocks that can be removed to relieve stress.

— Andrew Rogers, Counselor in Seattle, WA

CBT and SFBT techniques are implemented with intent to significantly minimize job stress.

— Janelle Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

In providing workplace consultation and training businesses, I have determined a huge source of stress is when someone takes something personally and starts dwelling on what someone said or did (or neglected to say or do.) As you can imagine this can greatly affect productivity. Because rejection and taking things personally are my expertise, I can be helpful in helping clients strategize how best to navigate these hurtful situations. Another frequent workplace stressor is when someone has an expectation that they did not communicate clearly and they are passed by for a project or promotion. When I know about the client's desire, I can ask, "Have you told your manager yet what you want?" The answer is too often, "No, I'm sure they know I want that project." This is another situation of 'If you care about me, you'll read my mind.' It can only lead to hurtful and stressful disappointment. And learning how to clearly say "no" is an important skill to avoid workplace stress.

— Elayne Savage, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Call it whatever you need to - burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, moral injury. The trouble you have with job stress you have is NOT your fault. As a helping professional you likely feel the constant tug of war between caring for people and needing to somehow take care of yourself. I can help you figure it out in a way that lets you continuing being the kind and compassionate person you are without getting burnt to a crisp in the process.

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID

For many of us, COVID-19 has significantly disrupted our careers and career goals. For some it may mean facing loss of income or furloughs. For others it may be a deliberate choice to leave the workforce to take care of children and/or elders. As the pandemic continues to affect millions of people across the world, previously stable career paths may become unstable. It is important you develop the tools to navigate these uncertain times to ensure the success of you and your loved ones.

— Eldridge Greer, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

Today's jobs are extremely stressful and demanding. We can work on self care strategies to assist.

— Leigh Carter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Warminster, PA

I was raised in a STEM-focused family, full of scientists and engineers, and obtained my BA in biology in 2009. I wrote my graduate dissertation on the experiences of cisgender female programmers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through experience and research, I have become attuned to the ways in which the cultures of academia, and STEM and technology companies, can interact with your other identities, and am experienced in helping people to navigate this complex issue.

— Paige O'Connell, Psychologist in El Cerrito, CA