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.

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I also specialize in using CBT for treating job and career stress, including executive leadership stress, imposter syndrome, burnout, work relationship problems, adjustment difficulties, career dissatisfaction, workaholism/work addiction, performance problems, and other struggles that may arise for employees, entrepreneurs, leaders, business executives.

— Ross Nelson, Clinical Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA

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

— Janelle Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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

Job stress can occur because a work environment is toxic or simply a poor fit for a particular person's strengths, personality, interests, and values. I help clients to make decisions that are right for them and to implement strategic change.

— Janet Civitelli, Psychologist in Austin, 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

Recognizing and dealing with burn-out, stress management, career exploration

— Sean Cheng, Psychologist

Our work takes up a big part of our lives. Professional life can be fulfilling but there are times when we find it challenging and stressful. Psychotherapy for work related issues can help you find a fresh perspective and better understanding of what may drive the unhelpful dynamics in your workplace with the hope of finding more creative ways to manage your working life.

— Agata Pisula, Psychotherapist in London,

Recognizing and dealing with burn-out, stress management, career exploration

— Sean Cheng, Psychologist

Having worked in corporate America for two decades I am very familiar with the stress and burn-out that many professionals face. I enjoy working with clients to find meaning in their careers or make professional transitions so they can feel passionate about what they do for a living.

— Mona Klausing, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA

Work can hands down be the number one stressor in someone's life. Perhaps your high work drive is coming at a cost to your wellness. Maybe there is another element in your work place that is contributing to stress. I have supported many clients in processing, managing and creating balance. We are in this together!

— Carmen Bolivar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL

The most common factor in stress at work is responsibilities and bad bosses. From my perspective, this likely means two things. 1) You don’t know your strengths or how to employ those strengths. 2) You allow your bosses to script-out their encounters with you, and this leaves you feeling drained, cold, helpless, etc. Regardless of what causes your work stress, if you want to eliminate it I can help! Lets set up a consultation session and figure out what strategy will bring you the best results.

— Rick Villarreal, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arvada, CO

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