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

Having worked for professionals, students and the like for a decade, I understand the stress, burnout and fatigue of work is real. Whatever your profession, there are skills that can incredibly improve your wellness at work. You might be debating whether to change jobs or professions, realizing the pain of work overwhelm, interpersonal job conflicts, or a multitude of other work woes. These are all valid and you can feel relief by having support and practicing new skills from therapy.

— Brittany Bouffard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

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

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

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, in Cambridge, MA

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

Leaning how to manage difficult people in the workplace.

— Dianne Haslinger,

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

You thrive on the challenge and you love the feeling of success. You’re excited to take on bigger challenges and more responsibility. And the pay is pretty nice too. But… You’re too busy for hobbies or deep friendships. When you get home, you’re too wiped to enjoy anything. Your relationship is feeling the strain. You're constantly in reactive mode. I can help you find a way to find immediate relief, and then regroup and find a better, more balanced way to move forward and enjoy life again.

— Gretta Duleba, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

You do alot. You've got a lot of responsibilities. And, you've got the stress to go along with it. You might notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times during the day, when trying to pay bills, or when trying to manage a relationship. Stress cleverly disguises itself as depression, anxiety, or anger. Stress, and insomnia, can both be managed with Cognitive Behavioral interventions that are easy to learn.

— Misty Pilgrim, Counselor in ALBUQUERQUE, NM

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

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

I am passionate about alternatives to self-care/wellness for stressed workers. I keep an eye out for other possibilities such as reconnecting with purpose and values, community care, and organizing. Other the past 5 years, I have been supporting other therapists in the community mental health setting with stress and burnout.

— Jonathan Benko, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

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

— Janelle Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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 my work, both as a therapist and as a organizational consultant, I have witnessed the stressors people face as employees and as managers or leaders of organizations. Personal and work stressors are intertwined and often the result of trying to keep up with unrealistic responsibilities and expectations rather than having a more realistic understanding of what can be done.

— M. Douglas Evans, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

I have spent over a decade studying human behavior, leadership, and performance enhancement. I utilize sport and performance psychology principles to help people overcome job-related stress. My master's thesis studied the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral correlates of performance excellence, and in private practice I help high-stress, high-risk, and healthcare professionals retake control over their lives.

— Ian Palombo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Despite the gifts of modern technology, your life, it seems, is busier and less fulfilling than ever. You haven't necessarily had a bad life or anything, and you certainly have got a lot to be grateful for but, still, there's a lingering sense of frustration, exhaustion, and emptiness. Together, we'll explore what is working for you and what is not. We'll work collaboratively to experiment with individualized strategies to reduce stress, compulsive behaviors, or problematic thinking.

— Christy Booth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I provide easy to use tools to manage daily stress, to balance your work with self care, and to regulate your anxiety.

— Risa Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Glendale, CA

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

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

Whether you are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression as a result of your circumstances, our therapists can help. All of our therapists utilize evidence based therapies including Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Narrative therapy and Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT).

— Acuity Counseling, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Burn out, Secondary Trauma Stress, Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma are all areas that I have both personal and professional experience. I have been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Self Compassion.

— Ada Brosier, Clinical Social Worker in Rockford, MI

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 Montclair, NJ

When your job is to help people in the most stressful of situations, job stress reaches a whole new level. Job stress does not stay with you at work. It goes home with you, eats meals with you, follows you into your relationships, friendships, everywhere. It doesn't care that you're off the clock. I work with clients to reduce the stress invading their lives. Together we can find a solution so that you can be free to enjoy your life.

— Coral Sanchez, Associate Professional Counselor in Newport Beach, CA

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

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

Sometimes burnout can get the best of us. You may be excellent at what you do, but the constant demands of your career take a toll. You may feel dissatisfied and underappreciated for all the hard work you put in. As a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, I understand the importance of self-care in the face of stress. I aid clients in finding a passion that boosts their professional life and creates a strong life/work balance. I also have the capability to work with clients on mindfulness and yoga.

— Matianna Baldassari, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, 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