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

Jobs can be a source of both exceptional fulfillment and security, but also a huge energy, time, and joy suck in our lives. I focus on forming a balance between having solid boundaries in your job to help with a sense of peace and empowerment, alongside asking those bigger questions to discern if you are in the workplace and field that you can best flourish in.

— Susan Haarman, Counselor in Chicago, IL

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

For many First Responders, EMS personnel, Emergency Department personnel things seemed to be going fine until it wasn’t, and really, WTF is that all about anyway? Why is this happening? The weight of the responsibility for other lives, doing the job to others' expectations, and trying to maintain your own levels of job performance can get exhausting. Then it's about trying to find the internal resources to be present for family and/or partners.

— Susan Roggendorf, Therapist in Bettendorf, IA

People seeking therapy for job stress do so for many reasons. Often there is demoralization or exploitation involved, and sometimes this is elevated to the level of workplace bullying. Given how many hours a person spends at work and how many more hours can be spent living with the effects of job stress, it’s important for anyone experiencing job stress to find interventive support. I’ve offered this since 2013 and have seen people make important career decisions based on our work together.

— Megan VanMeter, Art Therapist

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

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

Most of my clients are in their 20's & 30's. This is a time in live where they are trying to establish their career...or even just try to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Careers, jobs, and money are some of our largest stressors. And I want to help you navigate these waters during this particularly difficult time. You've been hit by the aftermath of a recession, and in the midst of a pandemic, and still have to pay back student loans. Let me help you strategize and cope.

— Cassie McCarthy, Clinical Social Worker in Salem, MA

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

I have extensive experience as a Behavioral Health Program Manager assisting employeers to identify and address barriers to career satisfaction, setting goals and outlining objectives to achieve self-determined success, coaching to achieve expected workplace behavior, addressing personal factors that interfere with performance and achieving the communication, decision making and problem solving skills necessary for success. Burnout, copassion fatigue among helping proffesionals.

— Shannon Nosenzo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Marcos, CA

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

Frustrating, stressful, and toxic workplace situations have more of an impact on life than we give them credit for. I validate your pain, help you repair any damage to your self-concept, help you reframe or accept the parts that are out of your control, and increase your interpersonal effectiveness skills for handling the parts that are within your control. You can come out of this situation feeling stronger and more confident than before!

— Amy Wright, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Chapel Hill, NC

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

I also specialize in using CBT for helping people dealing with stress from their careers/job, including imposter syndrome, lack of satisfaction with career choices, relationship conflicts, performance related difficulties, workaholism/addiction, and other stressors that arise as a result of one's job.

— Ross Nelson, Clinical Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA

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

— Sean Cheng, Psychologist

High performance, high stress jobs have their benefits, and also their deficits. Whether dealing with interpersonal stressors, unachievable expectations, or even questioning whether you are in the right spot, I can help you develop healthy coping skills, ease interpersonal strain, and build balance to promote long-term fulfillment, success, and holistic wellness.

— Brenna McGee, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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

Do you find yourself constantly working and dreading Mondays? Perhaps, you are spending all day on your laptop and skipped out on your lunch break and have not taken a day off in a long time? Job stress is very common and there are times where you may feel like you chose the wrong profession or questioning if you're dealing with imposter syndrome on the job. My job is to give you helpful strategies to help you with your work performance and creating a healthier work/life balance.

— Marline Francois, Clinical Social Worker in Caldwell, NJ