Clinician's Quandary invites your take on how you'd handle tricky scenarios in practice! On the first Tuesday of every month, we'll pose a new Quandary and collect responses. Top answers from the previous month will be posted that same day and shared with your colleagues worldwide. See below for submission details.
This month's Quandary:
When I first started out as a therapist, I loved the work. In the midst of all the challenges, it felt a privilege to be doing it. Recently, however, I’ve found myself losing steam. I catch myself mentally checking out when clients are talking. I constantly feel exhausted and worry this could be affecting treatment. I learned about burnout in graduate school, but never thought it would happen to me, let alone this early in my career. Money is tight, and I worry about who’d manage my caseload if I took a few weeks off. Has anyone else ever felt this way? What are some good, realistic forms of self-care beyond just taking a vacation or going to the spa?
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*Responses may be edited for clarity.
Topic: Professional Development